September 27, 2012 by shernandez5
Selena, or “The Queen of Tejano” as she is known, was a universal superstar. I have met Americans who, without the need of a last name or brief description, know who she was and know of her contributions to America. Selena was a major part in introducing Latin music, but more specifically Tejano music, as a popular genre in the United States.
Before we get into some of the many contributions that Selena left behind, I think it is appropriate to get some background information on who Selena was and her story. Selena was born to Mexican parents on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas. She grew up in a very Americanized environment therefor she knew very little Spanish, in fact she didn’t fully develop her Spanish until later in her career. Her father, Abraham Quintanilla, had a strong passion for music which led him to create a family band with his other kids, Suzette and A. B., which was called “Selena y Los Dinos.” And that was the start of it all. Being a part of “Selena y Los Dinos” sparked a passion in Selena for singing. As we all may know, she became a huge success in the music industry both in Mexico and in the United States.
Selena’s amazing talent along with her unique kindness, positive attitude and the love for her fans is what she is most recognized by. Depending on how well you may know her story, some may also know about her horrifying death which put an end to the talented singers’ career at a very early age.
Selena was not only a successful artist, she also had a big impact on the community which not many know of. She was very involved with children and young adults and in encouraging them to continue school. She actually made a public service video which emphasized the importance of staying and completing high school. Selena was also the spokesperson for D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). These accomplishments led her to be honored with “Selena Quintanilla Day” by the mayor of Houston which was established April 8, 1994. And these are just some of the great achievements that Selena had other than her world-wide success of her music career.