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Selena - one of the first Tejano music stars to go mainstream

Twenty-five years after her death, why is there still a lack of Latinx representation in US media?



March 31st 1995, Pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez’s life tragically ended when she was only 24. Twenty five years later… Selena remains relevant in pop culture. Netflix will soon premiere a coming of age series on her life, Telemundo just aired a 13 part mini-series called “The Secret of Selena”, musical artists like Kacey Musgraves, Cardi B, and Selena Gomez (who was named after Quintanilla-Pérez) cite her as a musical and fashion influence.



In today’s episode we talk to former radio DJ and assistant professor at San Diego State University Nathian Rodriguez, who recently made headlines for creating a class called Selena and Latinx mediated representation that debuts Spring 2020. He’s here to talk about why Selena is still relevant today and how she ties into greater narratives around Latinx media representations, or the lack there of.


Presented by: Dr. Glenda Cooper and Dr. Lindsey Blumell


Produced by: Atina Dimitrova


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