How Selena is Becoming a Powerful Global Phenomenon (25 Years After Her Death)

Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16th and would have been 49 years young today. The musical genius is stronger than ever. Twenty-five years after her death, Selena continues breaking barriers. The Grammy Award winner’s stardom is catapulting into a worldwide phenomenon. From a new Netflix series, to make up and a clothing line from the fashionista; Selena continues leaving legacies for future generations.

Selena’s Netflix Series

Selena: The Series is an upcoming American biographical drama web television series based on the life of Tejano superstar Selena that is set to premiere on Netflix from a screenplay by Moisés Zamora part one consisting of ten episodes scheduled to be released in 2020.

M.A.C Is Releasing A Second Selena Collection April 21st

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In honor of Selena Quintanilla’s 25th anniversary, M.A.C is honoring the Tejano legend with a brand new collection, four years after its first M.A.C x Selena collection debuted. Working side-by-side with Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, M.A.C and Selena’s family designed a colorful range full of “rich shades in a variety of product categories flatter all skin types and tones, while speaking truly to the icon’s legendary makeup looks.” Twenty-five years after Selena last graced the stage), M.A.C revealed it will be re-releasing the M.A.C Bidi Bidi Bom Lipglass—a soft, bubblegum pink with silver flecks that were initially released in the inaugural collection.

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“When I was sitting with the M.A.C team the night before the Selena launch event in Corpus Christi, TX, I told them we would be working together one day again soon,” she tells ELLE.com. “I am forever grateful to MAC for allowing me to bring my creative vision to life for this collection and being able to share what I felt would celebrate my sister’s 25th Anniversary.”

The White Rose Collection by Forever 21

“As an artist, Selena is a legend that resonates so deeply with our customers,” said Forever 21. “Because of this, we wanted to do something special.”

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What better way to keep The Queen of Tejano Music alive than by showcasing her in our everyday clothes? “The White Rose” collection incorporates images of the iconic Tejano star, alongside various quotes and lyrics throughout graphic tees, hoodies, biker shorts and other accessories.

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J-Lo’s Tribute to Selena

JLo’s Instagram

Jennifer Lopez took honored the 23rd anniversary of the 1997 biopic film “Selena,” on Instagram in which she played Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

Jennifer Lopez Instagram

Lopez earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Quintanilla-Perez.

“I just go right back to the beginning of the movie in the first day of shooting and really trying to find the essence of who she was,” the singer/actress reflected. “She was an artist and she was singing from the time she was 9 years old, maybe younger. Learning how she sang, all her mannerisms, how she danced, studying the tape of her became really important.”


“Join me today in #CelebratingSelena,” Lopez captioned the video. “I can’t believe it’s been 23 years since this incredible movie came out and 25 years since her passing. Selena was such an inspiration to me and I was so lucky to be chosen to play her,” Lopez continued. “As an artist, this movie truly was an experience I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. Please share your memories of Selena and the movie with me below.”

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Easter: Why Did Jesus Have to Die to Save Us?

While many Christians celebrate Easter, most don’t fully grasp why the death of Jesus had to occur.

Christianity stems from Judaism. The Jews celebrate Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement (DOA) in October. When Christians understand the DOA, then they can better understand why Jesus (the Highest Priest) had to die to save humanity.

The Day of Atonement also known as Yom Kippur

In Leviticus, Aaron (the high priest) offered a bull as his sin offering to make atonement for himself and his house.

After the high priest’s sin was dealt with and the tabernacle was cleansed, the high priest dealt with the sin of the people by presenting two male goats to their LORD. (Lev 16:5) Lots were cast for the goats: “one lot for the LORD and the other for azazel” (Lev. 16:8).

One goat was the sin offering. The goat for the Lord was slaughtered; with its blood, the high priest entered the Most Holy Place and the presence of God, then sprinkled the blood on the ark (Lev. 16:15). The blood was sprinkled in this way to cleanse Israel from sin (Lev. 16:16).

The Scapegoat Leviticus 16

The second goat was the goat for azazel presented alive before the Lord. The high priest laid his hands on the goat’s head, confessed all of Israel’s sins, and transferred them to the goat’s head. Bearing all of Israel’s sins on itself, the goat was led into the desert—away from the presence of the Lord—and released into a wilderness to represent free and full remission of their sins. (Lev. 16:21, 22). That’s where we get the term “scapegoat.” Once the sin offering of the two goats was finished, atonement was made for all of Israel’s sins that year (Lev. 16:34).

Animals were sacrificed because God wanted his people to afflict their souls as the spilling of the animals’ blood vividly illustrated the deadly seriousness of sin.

The Crucifixion – The Ultimate Sacrifice

In Leviticus it says that the high priest was humble (Lev 16:4), spotless (Lev 16:11) alone (Lev 16:11-14) and emerged victorious – just like Jesus did in accomplishing the work of atonement.

Year after year this ritual had to be done. Just as a high priest must enter into the most holy place to be in the presence of the Most High God. By faith, we put our hands upon the head of our offering (Jesus); relying on Christ who alone is able to atone our sins and procure us a pardon (Heb. 9:12). Christ’s blood completely covered humanity and erased every sin. The blood of Jesus is so effective that no other sacrifice will ever be needed to cleanse us (Heb. 10:18).

Easter and The Holy Week

In the Old Testament, the Jewish Passover sacrifice and the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and the dates on which Jesus was taken by the Roman authorities coincide exactly.

The Last Supper/ Maundy Thursday / Holy Thursday

In fact, as a devout Jew, Jesus celebrated Passover (i.e. Last Supper) a day early (i.e. Holy/Maundy Thursday) knowing He would be crucified on Passover to become the Passover Lamb, “without blemish.” Maundy Thursday is derived from the Latin word mandatum meaning “commandment.” The primary commandment of Jesus’ message is found in the story of the Last Supper when Jesus humbles himself to wash the feet of his apostles prior to the traditional Passover meal. Christians also consider the Last Supper as the institution of Holy Eucharist, also known as the Lord’s supper or communion. It is described in the Gospel of Luke 22. At the Last Supper with his disciples, Jesus breaks bread, saying, “This is my body,” and pours wine, saying, “This is my blood.” He then asks the disciples to “Do this in remembrance of me.”

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Just as an angel of death passed by those Israelites who put blood on their doorposts – so Jesus’ sacrificial death also resulted in every Christian’s freedom from death and hell for those who accept His blood.

When one reads the Old Testament, one begins to read the hundreds of prophecies that are later fulfilled in the New Testament. Although the Jews do not believe these are fulfillments, just coincidences. It is also frequently argued that it is coincidence that the Old Testament scriptures bear a resemblance to the life and death of Jesus Christ.

If you tried hard you may be able to find a handful of prophecies that relate to certain people, but you certainly couldn’t find an excess of 60 that clearly match to a tee certain incidents that happened in His life. Some objections are that Jesus Himself fulfilled prophecies. For example, Jesus’ last words on the cross were of His choosing and He chose on His own to recite the Old Testament scripture in Psalm 22 which then became “fulfilled” in the New Testament.

True enough, but many prophecies were completely beyond His control. For example, Jesus had no say over some of these Old Testament prophesies that were fulfilled in the New Testament, like how much silver was paid to Judas for his betrayal and manner of His death. There’s also the reaction of people – mocking and spitting; casting die for His clothing; the non-tearing of His main robe; where He was buried, etc. In fact, more than 50% of the prophecies fulfilled in Christ were completely outside of His power to influence one way or another. Psalm 22 graphically prophecies the Messiah’s manner of death through crucifixion. What’s astonishing is that during the time period the psalm was written, the penalty for blasphemy was stoning.

Good Friday – The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
“It is Finished”


Today, we celebrate His Last Supper on Holy Thursday, His death on Good Friday when “it is finished” (Jn 19:30); His ascension into the presence of God on Easter.

Easter Sunday – Jesus Christ Ascended into Heaven

This demonstrates that Jesus Christ is the final solution for man’s need of a prophet, a priest and a king. It affirms a Christian’s need to worship by hearing God’s Word, confessing their sin, prayer, praise, singing and making melody in their hearts as well as responding and acting with obedience, committing and being available for the plan of God in their lives.

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What is Palm Sunday and why is it so meaningful?

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The Final Sunday of Lent

Palm Sunday is the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. This is the Final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of the Holy Week and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.

During this time, the people go to mass to receive palm fronds to participate in the reenactment of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem.

In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey and to lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him, as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice of people of great respect.

The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war. Palm branches are widely recognized symbol of peace and victory, like the one we will have over COVID19 (coronavirus).

Because the palms are blessed, they may not be discarded as trash. Instead, they are appropriately gathered at the church and incinerated to create the ashes that will be used in the follow year’s Ash Wednesday observance. The colors of the Mass on Palm Sunday are red and white, symbolizing the redemption in blood that Christ paid for the world.

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