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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez captured the hearts and minds of generations.
The Tejana pop celebrity’s life was reduce quick in 1995. However for passing admirers — and her Latino and Chicana followers particularly — Selena is a mirror and a information to what’s attainable and what it means to belong on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Within the new podcast “Something For Selena,” WBUR senior arts and tradition editor Maria Garcia unpacks not solely the lifetime of the singer however the way in which Selena has impacted us all. Garcia weaves in Selena’s story along with her personal private journey as a fan.
The podcast breaks down what makes Selena’s legacy so enduring. Garcia spent a yr inspecting and unpacking Selena’s impression on the world, which might’t be separated from Garcia’s personal story as a Mexican-American.
Garcia says she knew she wanted to inform the singer’s story by the lens of her personal expertise as somebody who grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border — however she didn’t count on how weak and private the podcast would get.
“The explanation I knew Selena mattered a lot is as a result of I skilled it,” Garcia says. “I skilled what it felt wish to see a girl who did not must code swap on both aspect of the border, who celebrated an identification that had felt so derided for thus lengthy.”
“Something For Selena” provides listeners a deeper understanding of the perceptions of Latinos on this nation.
In a single half, Garcia performs a clip of Howard Stern’s present just some days after Selena was killed. When a Tejano DJ confronted Stern about insensitively enjoying gunshot sounds whereas speaking about Selena, Stern unapologetically yelled on the DJ to “depart my nation” and “go to Mexico.”
Selena died on a Friday and this interplay occurred the next Monday at “a really essential second in tradition,” Garcia says. Stern was making enjoyable of each Selena and the working-class Latino mourners pictured on nationwide information over the weekend, she says.
“I do know Howard Stern has made enjoyable of different folks like this, but it surely was vital for me to incorporate that as a result of that exhibits us that mourning Selena, loving Selena has all the time been political,” she says. “That was kind of the weekend that her image very clearly concretized as kind of a shorthand for Latino identification on this nation.”
Within the podcast, Garcia takes listeners again to the late ‘90s in methods resembling Jennifer Lopez starring as Selena in “Selena: The Film” in the beginning of what’s referred to as the Latin Explosion with the rise of artists like Ricky Martin and Shakira. Garcia supplies context to put naked the sophisticated racial politics of what it means to be Latino, particularly with what she calls “massive butt politics.”
Garcia witnessed the whitewashing of massive butts in American tradition in her lifetime, beginning when she noticed her neighborhood have fun massive butts as a baby. The dialog round massive butt politics opens up a bigger dialogue about utilizing Latinidad as “a device of white supremacy,” she says.
“Black girls have all the time been on the head of celebrating butts and large butt tradition,” she says. “This episode actually digs into how Latinas traditionally in popular culture have taken one thing that has been derided in Black girls and have made it accessible and fascinating and secure for white audiences and have capitalized on Black tradition.”
In an upcoming episode, Garcia digs deeper into how the connection between anti-Blackness and colonization materializes inside households.
Upon taking a look at household footage, Garcia says she realized that she would understand her grandmother as a Black or Black and Indigenous mixed-race lady in the united statestoday. However her household by no means acknowledged her grandmother’s Blackness, she says.
Garcia requested her aunt why her grandmother by no means grew out her hair, and her aunt responded that her grandmother would have had an afro. Serious about her grandmother served as a depending on the deeply rooted erasure of Blackness in her household, she says.
On the similar time, Garcia confronted her personal whiteness and recalled listening to tales about her grandmother praising her truthful pores and skin as a child.
Maternal grandmothers maintain the important thing to at least one’s generational trauma and joys, she says. This reckoning left Garcia with questions on what it means to return from “a girl whose Blackness was erased” — and to search out solutions, she says Latinos have to deepen the dialog round whiteness.
Cristina Kim produced and edited this interview for broadcast with Todd Mundt. Allison Hagan tailored it for the net.