Selena: The Series is a celebration of love and family

Hugo Maldonado Garcia, Reporter

This year has been a year of many upbringings and downfalls, which has us taught what the real important issues are and how much stronger the nation is once we world together and put our differences aside.
The Netflix original series was released on Friday, Dec. 4 at midnight and on the following day, it was immediately the #1 show on the streaming service.
Selena Quintanilla was a famous Mexican American signer from a small town in Texas. She was a songwriter, model, actress, and fashion designer. She was and still is referred to as the “Queen of Tejano music,” which is a specific type of genre for Mexican music.
She first began her music career in 1981 as the lead singer in the band “Selena y Los Dinos.” In 1994, Selena won a Grammy award for her live album “Selena Live!” in the Mexican/Mexican American album category which helped her become a household name.
She was first portrayed by the famous Jennifer Lopez back in 1997 for the film adaptation and this time around Selena was portrayed by American actress Christian Serratos for the series, which is rumored to have two parts, with the second part possibly premiering sometime next year.
Serratos is best known for her roles in “Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” “Twilight film saga,” and “AMC’s The Walking Dead.”
The internet is a powerful tool and just the day after there were many memes comparing JLo and Serratos. Most of the comments about the series were not in favor of the show, however, everyone can have their own opinion. In my case, Selena will continue to live on, and the film and series are ways to celebrate her life and legacy.
The reason she is still very talked-about today is that she was no different than any other Mexican American, she had to learn to speak Spanish which is also the language she chose to sing in so she could relate to her heritage
The film and series were both incredible and it is honestly devasting to see haters criticize every little detail and who try to place these two actresses against each other to see who portrayed the better Selena. Instead of pinning women against each other, we should celebrate talented women in the Hollywood industry and treat them as equals.
The series was a way to celebrate Selena’s 25th anniversary of her passing away and it quite better than the film because the show is primarily longer, and they had more time to showcase her life and career from early on. The series focused on the family support behind Selena’s success with her dad as their manager, her brother as the producer and songwriter for most of her well-known songs, and her sister who played the drums in the band.
Selena would not have made it without “Los Dinos” and that is what the series really tried to focus on that the film did not.
Both the film and series are a way to celebrate Selena and the legacy she left that will continue to live on forever with the help of her loyal fans and family.