13 inspiring Texas women who reshaped U.S. history
These Texas women were trailblazers in turning society on its head — and they raised hell by doing so. This Women’s History Month, KSAT is highlighting 13 iconic women of Texas who helped change the course of history, either in businesses, politics or everyday life. She campaigned again for Texas governor in 1932 and defeated the Republican nominee, Orville Bullington , that November. Ma Ferguson was the first female Governor of Texas and the second female Governor elected in the United States. (UTSA Special Collections San Antonio Light collection)Becky Hammon: The NBA coach and former WNBA star has been an honorary Texan since 2007, when she began playing for the San Antonio Silver Stars.
New podcast ‘Anything for Selena’ now streaming
“Like half of me was missing.”Garcia then discovered Selena and said her life was forever changed. “It was like this whole new possibility because Selena was herself on both sides of the border.”It’s why Garcia, who is the senior editor of the Arts and Culture team at NPR Boston, created her “Anything for Selena” podcast that launched this week. It’s a podcast that examines the depth of Selena’s legacy and impact on the Latino community. “We go deep on her impact, on her cultural impact in a way that I really believe has never been done before.”She says Selena was uncompromisingly herself. Episodes of Anything for Selena is available to stream or download on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Selena to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 2021 Grammys
click to enlarge Facebook / SelenaSelena is among the slate of artists that will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Recording Academy at the 2021 Grammys in January, MySA reports Along with the Queen of Tejano, musicians including Salt-N-Pepa, Talking Heads, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton and Marilyn Horne will each receive a Special Merit Award during the 63rd annual event, scheduled for January 31, 2021.According to the Recording Academy, the award recognizes "performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording. ""The Queen of Tejano, Selena became a household name not long after her career took off in the 1980s," the Recording Academy said in its announcement of the upcoming award recipients. "Her 1993 album,, won Best Mexican-American Album at the 36th Annual GRAMMY Awards, marking the first time a female Tejano artist won the category. Though her life was tragically cut short in 1995, Selena's crossover album, the posthumously released, sold 175,000 copies on the day of its release, a then-record for a female vocalist."sacurrent.com
Selena fans can take a trip down nostalgia lane via a New Braunfels Christmas light show
They debuted their take on Selena's hit performance in a video posted to Facebook on Saturday. "We started working on the Selena song last year, finally finished this year, and added it to our current Christmas light show as of a few days ago," Yesenia Martinez told KSAT . "Our inspiration for the light show was to spread holiday cheer, despite this year not being great to many around. "The light show, which runs from 6-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, features much more than just Selena. According to Serene Lights of New Braunfels , the show runs on rotation each evening with the Selena medley embedded in the main program.Anyone interested in seeing it for themselves need only roll up to 855 Serene Hills during the above times and tune their radio dial to 99.1 FM to enjoy the music.sacurrent.com
Was it a Bidi Bidi Bomb Bomb? Fan reaction to new Netflix series
SAN ANTONIO – Whether you loved it or hated it, many Selena fans had something to say over the weekend about the new Netflix series. “Selena: The Series” began streaming on Friday and reaction about the show and cast immediately started popping up on social media feeds. Watching the new selena series and i can't get over how she doesn't look like her pic.twitter.com/mpMmQEJEYr — Chris Zolanski (@chris_zolanski) December 5, 2020In all honesty...the Selena series is ALRIGHT . #AnythingForSelenas 🌹 pic.twitter.com/a6gmHHtB6J — arianna barron (@_ariannabarron) December 5, 2020This Netflix Selena series feels like a lifetime special... was the budget low!? pic.twitter.com/ROfGtCrqaU — Zo.Exotic (@ZoiArmstrong) December 6, 2020I thought this was Selena: The Series not Abraham: The Series 🤨 #SelenaNetflix — NOWA 🔱 (@noahrioz) December 5, 2020
San Antonio man gets big break in Hollywood as writer of new Selena Netflix series
SAN ANTONIO – On Dec. 4, Selena fans will get to see a whole new telling of the story of the singer’s life and one of the writers behind the much-anticipated show is from San Antonio. Raymond Arturo Perez was raised in San Antonio and graduated from Communications Arts High School. Since graduating from the University of Texas in Austin seven years ago, Perez has been trying to get his big break in Hollywood. That break finally came as he was hired to be a part of the writing team for “Selena: The Series” on Netflix. “It being the first job is just really, really special.”Another thing that was special to Perez was the fact that the entire writing team was Latinx.
Funko reveals new Selena figurines — and they're already selling fast
click to enlarge Courtesy of Funkoclick to enlarge Courtesy of FunkoJust in time for the debut of the new Netflix series on the Queen of Tejano, Funko has a Selena announcement of its own.On Thursday, the maker of pop-culture collectables revealed two upcoming Selena figurines and launched its first round of pre-orders on Amazon Hot Topic and Entertainment Earth The figurines feature the Queen of Tejano in two of her most iconic outfits: her spangled burgundy jumpsuit and the beaded white dress she wore to the Grammys. The vinyl figures, which retail for $11, have an estimated ship date of early next year.Unsurprisingly, pre-orders for the burgundy jumpsuit figurine quickly sold out on Amazon and Hot Topic, which carries an exclusive Diamond Collection version of the figure. As of press time, fans still have a chance to get their hands on it via Entertainment Earth , and additional pre-orders were added to Amazon after a brief period of unavailability.Those with their heart set on the other figurine will need to keep an eye on Funko's website — according to the company, the Funko.com exclusive is "coming soon."sacurrent.com
New ‘Selena’ series explores family relationships, life for Latinos in South Texas
But this series focuses much more on balancing relationships within a family, growing up in South Texas and the demands and sacrifices of life on the road. Chavira believes the series achieved just that and is an authentic reflection of life for Latino families in South Texas. RELATED: San Antonio native Ricardo Chavira says playing Abraham Quintanilla in new ‘Selena’ series was emotionalChristian Serratos portrays Selena Quintanilla from "Selena The Series," premiering Dec. 4 on Netflix. (Netflix via AP) (© 2020 NETFLIX, Inc.)Christian Serratos portrays Selena Quintanilla from "Selena The Series," premiering Dec. 4 on Netflix. Michael Lavine/NETFLIX � 2020SELENA THE SERIES (L to R) NOEMI GONZALEZ as SUZETTE QUINTANILLA and CHRISTIAN SERRATOS as SELENA QUINTANILLA and GABRIEL CHAVARRIA as A.B QUINTANILLA in episode 101 of SELENA THE SERIES Cr.
New this week: Selena series, 'Shameless' and Shawn Mendes
Because live shows aren’t really a thing in 2020, she’s launching a holiday TV special on Apple TV+ on Friday. “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” will includes a mix of musical performances and dancing with amination. — Shawn Mendes released his debut album in 2015 and he’s dropping his fourth effort Friday. Along with the album is the Netflix documentary called “Shawn Mendes: In Wonder,” which is available for streaming and follows Mendes’ rise and journey over the last few years. — Christmas came early when Carrie Underwood released her first holiday album in September, and on Thursday she’ll debut a musical TV special to accompany the album.
San Antonio native Ricardo Chavira says playing Abraham Quintanilla in new ‘Selena’ series was emotional
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio native Ricardo Chavira has been acting in TV and movies for nearly 20 years. But his current role, playing Abraham Quintanilla in the forthcoming “Selena” series on Netflix, has taken on a special significance. “I see this patriarchal Mexican-American man everywhere in San Antonio,” said Chavira. “He sounds, he looks, he resembles and acts like my father, like my tio Jose, like my tio Fabián.”SELENA THE SERIES (L to R) NOEMI GONZALEZ as SUZETTE QUINTANILLA and CHRISTIAN SERRATOS as SELENA QUINTANILLA and GABRIEL CHAVARRIA as A.B QUINTANILLA in episode 101 of SELENA THE SERIES Cr. Representation matters.”Chavira said he is positive the true and genuine parts of South Texas and the Quintanilla family will shine through in this series.
UTSA to host panel with sneak peek of Selena series on Netflix
SAN ANTONIO – UTSA is giving Selena fans a sneak peek of the upcoming Netflix series about the iconic Tejano singer. Netflix and the university will host a virtual panel on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m with actor and San Antonio native Ricardo Chavira, and series executive producer Jaime Dávila. Sonya Alemán, associate professor of Mexican American Studies at UTSA, will be part of the panel as well. Alemán launched a course this year on Selena Quintanilla-Perez in the Mexican American Studies Program at UTSA. The new Selena series will premiere on Dec. 4 on Netflix.
UTSA panel discussion will give San Antonio fans a peek at the Selena Netflix series
click to enlarge NetflixWe know about your love affair with Selena, San Antonio. And we're guessing some of you just won't be able to wait until December 4 to get a look at Netflix's miniseries on the late Tejano superstar.Good thing the University of Texas at San Antonio has got you covered.Local Selena fans will get a look behind the curtain via a virtual panel discussion on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m with actor and San Antonio native Ricardo Chavira, who plays the singer's dad, Abraham Quintanilla, on the series.Also participating in the discussion are series executive producer Jaime Dávila and Sonya Alemán, a UTSA Mexican American Studies prof responsible for launching a new course on the legendary Tejano performer.If that mix of South Texas pop culture and academia sounds like your jam — or if you're just after sneak preview bragging rights among your friends — you can register onlinesacurrent.com
Funko confirms it's making a line of figurines honoring South Texas music legend Selena
click to enlarge Facebook / SelenaFunko announces soon to be released Selena Pop! Figure: pic.twitter.com/52cdaL2DuK — Selena (@SelenaLaLeyenda) October 28, 2020Popular collectibles maker Funko has confirmed that South Texas singer Selena will join its line of Pop! figurines, MySA reports The announcement confirms earlier rumors that the toymaker planned to immortalize the Queen of Tejano in a new product line next year. "The Funko Pop! The company said that people should follow its social media accounts — @OriginalFunko — for future information about the Selena Funko Pop!sacurrent.com
Watch the full trailer for ‘Selena: The Series’ coming to Netflix in December
In the words of the Queen of Tejano herself -- “we never thought we’d get this far but we’re here.”Netflix officially dropped the full “Selena: The Series” trailer on Monday and fans are excited. The series will air Dec. 4 on the streaming platform and actress Christian Serratos plays Selena Quintanilla Perez whose life was tragically cut short on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi. Selena, just 23-years-old, was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of the Selena fan club. Selena was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, near Houston, and became the first Latino singer to debut at No. According to Netflix, “'Selena: The Series' explores her journey from singing small gigs to becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time — and the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together.”The comments on the YouTube trailer were overwhelmingly positive.
Selena: The Series Official Trailer Just Broke the Internet
click to enlarge NetflixAfter months of anticipation, the wait is finally over for Selena fans to get a full glimpse of the late Tejano superstar’s portrayal on the new Netflix TV series. From there, audiences watch as Selena’s stock rises quickly – from winning Grammys to selling out concerts. Viewers get a glimpse of Selena and her family riding in their tour bus, “Big Bertha,” and having fun on the road. The trailer also quickly touches on Selena and future husband Chris (Jesse Posey) starting to crush on each other.As the trailer continues, the relationship between Selena and her sister Suzette is highlighted as well as Selena’s brother A.B.’s desire to write more music. The trailer wraps up with Selena and Chris sharing a passionate kiss followed by the Queen of Tejano walking into a spotlight while being cheered on by her adoring fans.Start working on those cumbia moves becausewill be here faster than one of those famous Selena spins.sacurrent.com
Enrique Iglesias, Luis Miguel beat Selena for ‘Greatest Latin Artist of All Time’ according to Billboard chart
While Selena might be a Texas favorite, some may be surprised to learn she’s not in the number one spot on Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time Latin Artists” chart. Enrique Iglesias and Luis Miguel were ahead of Selena on the list, but the queen of Tejano music was the top female artist on the list - effectively making her the greatest female Latin artist of all time based on the chart. In fact, the next woman on the list doesn’t appear until Gloria Estefan who ranked 23rd just behind Ricky Martin. So who made the top 10 on Billboard’s Greatest Latin Artist of All Time? Enrique Iglesias Luis Miguel Selena Marco Antonio Solis Vicente Fernandez Marc Anthony Juan Gabriel Shakira Mana Romeo SantosMore Selena news:
Devine teen illustrates Queen of Tejano in new children’s book ‘Simplemente Selena’
A Devine teen illustrated the Queen of Tejano in a new children’s book ‘Simplemente Selena’SAN ANTONIO – A new book is catching the attention of Selena fans, especially those in the San Antonio area. The book titled “Simplemente Selena” was written by an author from Castroville, and illustrated by a teen from the city of Devine. Hein was offered the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book titled “Dan the Man” also written by the Selena book’s author, C. Martínez-Mangold. “It took four months (to illustrate),” Hein said. “Simplemente Selena” can be purchased online now.
KSAT Kids: Today in History, Oct. 23
Today is Friday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2020. In 1915, tens of thousands of women paraded up Fifth Avenue in New York City, demanding the right to vote. Rock musician Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 56. Rock musician Eric Bass (Shinedown) is 46. Rock singer Matthew Shultz (Cage the Elephant) is 37.
’Selena: The Series’ to be released on Netflix in December
SAN ANTONIO – The much anticipated “Selena: The Series” now has a released date. A series of photo teases Tuesday morning led to the big trailer announcement that the series would premiere on Dec. 4. The clip above shows actress Christian Serratos performing as Selena in different stages of her life and narration by Ricardo Chavira who plays Abraham Quintanilla. The highly anticipated series is a look at Selena’s life and rise to stardom. Last November, we got a first look at the cast when a teaser trailer was released.
Chris Perez says he's 'muy excited' for his hot sauce brand to be on H-E-B's 'coveted' shelves
Chris Perez's signature hot sauce brand will be on H-E-B shelves next month. The musician launched Perez Pepper Sauce in November 2019. The real Perez loves hot sauce, and the idea for the company came about when his business partner John Gomez noticed the musician was carrying chili peppers in his tote. "I'm super proud of what Chris and I have accomplished in a short year with our business Tongues Ablaze LLC and the Perez Pepper Sauce Brand." "Our hearts are filled with gratitude as big as Texas," he said, adding that having his own hot sauce brand was a "life-long dream."mysanantonio.com
'Orale, rewind' 'Selena' actor dies; former students ask for help with funeral expenses
Frank Mendez, one half of the duo who brought the iconic "Anything for Selenas" movie scene to life in 1997, has died. On Sunday, former students of the Corpus Christi native shared news of his "sudden passing" online and signal boosted a GoFundMe page set up to help his husband pay for funeral expenses. Mendez told the Corpus Christi Caller Times in 2015 that the "rewind" quote was not scripted and he "lucked out" on it landing and becoming so unforgettable. Though Mendez may not have been showy about his contributions to the movie, support from fans has been pouring in on the GoFundMe page. Mendez's cause of death was not disclosed, but the GoFundMe page says he had been on life support.mysanantonio.com