On the verge of being launched as the next Latina crossover singer, Selena Quintanilla Perez was murdered. Her death drew national coverage which served to bring a mourning Hispanic community to the attention of the entire nation. Perhaps the most fitting honor to Selena was written by Catherine Vasquez- Rivilla in Hispanic Magazine: “For Mexican-Americans, Selena’s success became their success. She inspired confidence and ethnic pride. The stage lights that shone on her also reached across to include Mexican-Americans by highlighting their language, music and culture. Her greatest gift was that her talent, beauty and success empowered all Hispanics.”.
About The Author
Leonard B. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation. He is a former White House Advisor to the President of the United States and the 2017 St. Benitia Humanitarian Award Recipient.
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