Dolores del Rio was frequently casted for movie roles that embodied the “exotic” and “foreign” appeal popular in the 1920s. In the silent drama film The Loves of Carmen directed by Raoul Walsh in 1927, del Rio is depicted as a Spanish gypsy, Carmen, who has the power to seduce any man. She has her heart set on Don Jose, played by Don Alvarado, and plans to win him over. Their relationship begins to take a downfall, and Carmen falls for another man--a bullfighter named Escamillo. Saddened but determined, Don Jose embarks on a journey to make Carmen his true love again. In a review submitted to the Mansfield News in 1928, the author praises and describes del Rio as a “raven haired, olive skinned sinuous limbed bit of feminine loveliness” (11).
Throughout life we are told to express our individuality and swim against the stream of the general population to put emphasis on the characteristics that make us, in short, individuals. Cherishing what makes an individual special and different is what establishes roots in creativity and self expression, however there is a forced false sense of comradery in today’s society that takes the form of involvement with the masses; peer pressure forces many people to fall into the mold of an average character. The Academy award winning film, “The Incredibles” displays the themes of expressing one’s true self and special qualities, and in contrast repression by society to fit a basic mold. These themes are elaborated on through the development of the main characters and expressed further through the supporting roles and their dialogue and endeavors.
Selena’s music career began at a very young age. When she was 10, she was the lead singer in a group with her sister, Suzette, on the drums and her brother, Abraham, on the bass. The group was named Selena y Los Dinos, named after her father’s former group, Los Dinos. Selena grew up speaking English, but her father was persistent on her singing Spanish so she could stay true to her culture and ancestry. The group started playing gigs a weddings and parties, also playing at the family restaurant before it has gone bankrupt.
Assimilation means to adapt into a new culture and become a part of them. “People of different backgrounds and beliefs undergo assimilation when, through living together, they come to see themselves as part of a larger community.” The reason why you see assimilation often in Chicano/a Literature is because many Mexicans try to blend into the American culture. Many Chicanos write stories about what they have lived through the years or stories they have heard from their love ones growing up. Some have had first-hand experience of assimilating into the American culture by trying to blend in and become accepted that they start to lose or deny a part of their identities. In the story of “Aria”, by Richard Rodriguez, being Mexican American was a challenge for him in which he struggled with having two identities. Since he spoke Spanish in an American society,
Selena Quintanilla-Perez was a talented Mexican-American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, and fashion designer. On top of her career, she had respect, and was admired as a great role model by Mexican Americans. The “Queen of Tejano” music, her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Billboard magazine named her the “Top Latin Artist of the 90s” and then “Best Selling Latin Artist of the decade”. Selena ranks among the most influential Latin artists of all time and is credited for catapulting a music genre into the mainstream market. Even though Selena was murdered, she achieved many great things throughout her lifetime. She is remembered today for her wonderful accomplishments. Selena was one of many Mexican-Americans to achieve crossover success with her music to become a global artist.
In “Se Habla Espanol,” Tanya Barrientos elaborates on her personal experience growing up in the United States. In the first couple decades of her life, Barrientos distanced herself from her cultural roots fearing that she would be judge and belittle. It was essential for Barrientos to fit in with the American society.
SelenaBy: Anna MastMost people have heard of the famous Mexican-American singer Selena. She did so many tremendous things, influenced so many people, and made such a big impact in the music industry. Selena mainly focused on Mexican music when she first started. She did not always stick to her Mexican culture and Mexican music though. This is the story and background of Selena Quintanilla-Perez.Selena learned about music from a young age. Her father was part of a group called The Dinos. He has always loved music and wanted to be in that band forever. One day while Selena was playing with her siblings and some of the neighborhood kids she heard her dad playing the guitar. She stopped playing the game and went over to her dad. When Selena walked over her dad was
Selena Quintanilla Perez was the voice for Tejano music or Tex-Mex music (Texan-Mexican music). This type of music composed of various forms of folk and popular music was given its name from its origin in Central and Southern Texas as well as the Mexican-American population. “The musical traditions of the Tejanos of South Texas and Nortenos of Northern Mexico have been influenced not only by the mother country, Mexico, but also by their Anglo-American, African-American and immigrant neighbors like the Czechs, Bohemians, and Moravians as well as the Germans and Italians.” The development of Tejano music came from repertoires the popular folk dances of the region such as polkas, waltzes, redoves, and rancheras
The stories that Mama told were that of "mortality and cautionary tales" told by the women in their family for generations. In this essay, the story of Maria La Loca that Mama tells the girls specifically related, to Laura, Cofer’s aunt. Laura is getting married at the young age of seventeen and to prevent men from ruining her life, Mama tells how Maria La Loca "is as old as her mother already."
Selena Quintanilla started her singing career at about the age 8 to help support her family. Selena’s family didn’t have much money to begin with but her father saw her potential. The family business had failed and caused them to go bankrupt. They lost their home and moved in with relatives in Corpus Christi. Since losing the family business there was no income and Selena and her siblings singing was their only income, Selena lost many days of school because of the band and she dropped out after finishing 8th grade. She eventually earned her GED in 1989.
In the late 1980’s to early 1990’s one women was able to break this barrier and lead the way for many other artists to come, her name; Selena Quintanilla. Though her life and career that ended sooner than expected there were qualities she possessed to be remembered and memorialized decades after her death. To this day Selena is recognized as one of the first cross over Latin artist in
Rodriguez’s grandparents were born in Mexico, her parents in South Texas, and she was born in Michigan. She says there was always music in her house growing up. Her father and brother had a Tejano band that rehearsed at their house. Music also plays a role in Mexican cultural traditions. “Music is present and an integral part of every life celebration: birthdays, holidays, funerals, Quinceañeras, you name it.” Having music around throughout her childhood got her interested in becoming a performer herself.
Selena began her singing career as part of her father’s band, Los Dinos, when she was young and only continued to grow in popularity as she grew up. What made Selena so interesting was the fact that even though she spoke English as her native tongue, her music was in Spanish. At first many thought that this would be a problem, due to the fact that they feared Selena would not be accepted by the Mexican community or the Tejano genre of music. However, Selena was the exception and rose to stardom in the Mexican community and became a cultural icon, bridging the gap between the Mexican and American culture. Selena was gaining widespread fame in Mexico, but she was also growing in popularity in the American music industry. A resident of Corpus Christi, Selena did many shows throughout Texas and was held in high regard to the Tejano community that occupied Texas. Selena was starting to make her transition into the American music industry and was in the process of creating her first English album when she was murdered on March 31st, 1995. Selena was murdered by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar. Saldivar had been taking money from Selena’s boutiques and from the fan club. On the morning of March 31st 1995, at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi, Saldivar pulled a gun and shot Selena. Selena would make it to the hospital but surgeons were unable to save her
Selena changed the music world in many different ways. Selena was the first female singer of Tejano music to ever have a large amount of success. Before Selena, there wasn’t many female artist. She was the one opened the door for many other latin female artists. In Tejano music, people couldn’t see women produce good music nor gain popularity. She proved them all wrong by using the talent she was born with. She became very famous by breaking many records. She didn’t just changed the whole because she was talented but because she had an amazing personality. Selena also changed the world of a singer who is famous today. After Selena’s death, the Warner Brothers produced a movie about her whole life. The artist who played the role as Selena was
Harry did know and concluded when the last eruption of Dante’s peak when picked up a rock by understanding cross section of a volcano. They can determine how often a volcano “usually” erupts by dating each of these layers using a variety of methods. It is about understanding how old each layer is, then predicting the next eruption using the age gaps that are acquired.