March 31 2015 marked 20 years since Selena was brutally murdered by her then best friend Yolanda Saldivar. 20 years later and her memory is still going strong and living inside of us Latinos. How and Why you ask?
Selena represented for many of us everything that Latinos are about.
For many Latinos family is at the forefront of everything. Family and friends come first and before anything. Selena had strong family ties, her father was her manager, he brother was her producer, her sister played the drums, and her mom was there every step of the way. It was a family affair. They all loved and supported each other. She also put her friends first which sadly lead to her premature death.
Selena was very passionate. When she was on stage you felt her energy. When you hear her sing you cant help but feel whatever it is that she is singing about. If she is singing a Ballad you feel sad and if its a Cumbia you want to dance. Her music was deep and the lyrics still resonate with experiences that we may encounter today.
That’s something that we Latinos are very well accustomed to using music to convey experiences and emotions.
and last but not least is her joie de vivre, you see countless photos of her laughing and goofing around, her dancing on stage. She seemed like a really down to earth young lady. She was also a hopeless romantic who eloped with Chris Perez when her father refused to allow them to be together. There’s a true Latina for you, the passion that lived in Selena and now lives on through her music and lives inside of every Latino too.
May God bless Selena, she will forever be in our hearts.