People magazine The 25 Most Intriguing People of the Year Dec 25, 1995, Jan 1, 1996
issue has a 1 page story on Selena. In the issue a San Antonio artist, made
this alter on All Souls' Day in November.
Boy, are the fans of Howard Stern going to be upset now.
Howard Stern has canceled at book-signing scheduled for Monday Dec 18, in Dallas. He said on his radio show yesterday that this cancelation is not due to his arrest warrent issue by Harlingen Justice of the Peace Eloy Cano last April. Instead he said Texas Attorney General office warned him that his visit might spark "some sort of riot". The concern stems from protests that began when Mr. Stern critized Tejano star Selena's music after her March 31 murder.
Also, sometime last week, a bogus press release designed to look like it came from Stern's office was mailed to several newspaper in South & West Texas, including Houston Chronicle and the El Paso Times. The release said that Mr. Stern was planning to perform a three-act play re-enacting Selena's slaying.
Mr. Stern denied the press release and said he was being "framed by the same people who framed me in the first place on this whole Selena thing".
A spokeperson for the attorney general's office said it will not launch an investigation because it was not within the agency's jurisdiction.
Taylors Bookstore at Prestonwood Center, 5455 Belt Line Road, is still having 2000 autographed copies of Howard Stern's Miss America book and placing a full size cardboard cutout of him behind the signing booth so those that wish to take pictures with him can do so. Taylors Bookstore plans to open at 6 am Monday morning.
- The 1995 National Council of La Raza Bravo Awards will air at 9
p.m. Dec 28 on Fox. Jimmy Smits of NYPD Blue and Jennifer Lopez
co-star of the movie Money Train, hosted the event.
- Also appearing:
- Albita cuban singer
- Kenny Loggins
- Tish Hinojosa from Austin, Tx.
- Ricadro Montalban from Fantasy Island
- Paula Abdul
- Paul Rodriguez
- Gregory Nava who directed Mi Familia
- Anna Thomas
- Jon Seda
- Jacob Vargas of Mi Familia, Mi Vida Loca, Get Shorty
- Jackie Guerra of First Time Out sitcom
- Hector Elizondo
- Elizabeth Pena
- Liz Torres
- Abraham Quintanilla receives an award for Selena
- Barrio Boyzz
I don't know if any of you saw the interview with Mr. Quintanilla. I was please to see him stand up to Yolanda's lies. He pointed out that Yolanda may soon be indicted for embezzlement, and that this will help clarify for everyone that
Selena was shot for purely malicious reasons, not "by accident." He also pointed out that she likely had lured Selena to her on three other occasions when she had the gun with her, but for various reasons did not shoot her at those times.
He also speculated that she was going to go to his office and shoot him after Selena, but the police pulled into the Days Inn too quickly. I liked what he had to say. Also there was a piece on the woman who alleged one of the Jurors knew Selena's
family. She admitted on Primer Impacto that she confused him with another man with the same name who resembled the Juror. Poor Yolanda, no new trial I guess (except for embezzlement). I'd like other's thoughts on the interview.
- On Nov. 27, I sent you some information on the Selena movie, but I completely
forgot to mention that Edward James Olmos is being greatly considered for the
part of Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. Could you please add this information to my
section in Selena news? It would be greatly appreciated.
Anthony L. Chavez
Thanks alot for the info, also, Elpidia Carrillo from the Mi Familia movie, is being considered. They're looking for two people to play Selena. One from 8-12 years of age and another one from 18-22 years of age.
- Selena made the Ladies Home Journal Special Women of the Year
issue. This is a special Collector's Edition of the magazine. This picture
is part of the 9 photos displayed on the front cover of other women featured in the magazine. There's a 1 page summary of
Selena's history and a full page photo of Selena.
- The TexasMonthly Dec. 1995 magazine has another issue with Selena on the front cover. This is a 5 page article with photos mainly about the trial, but also talks about the family's future.
- People Weekly Nov. 6 issue has a 4 page article with photos about Selena's trial. They published a phone number: 1-900-786-9000, where one can call and leave a message of condolence to the Quintanilla-Perez family. Each call will cost $3.99.
- Yolanda Saldivar wants a new trial. Her attorney is claiming that a jury member , Jose Estimbo, knew a relative of Selena and might have been biased. Mr. Estimbo said his brother, not him, knows a member of the Quintanilla family. Yolanda's attorney is also claiming that testimony of a former Days Inn employee, Shawn Vela, was improperly influenced by news media accounts. And, former Days Inn Norma Martinez's criminal record was not revealed during the trial.
- I'm sure that you all are interested in this, so I'll tell you some info that I read
about the Selena movie. Yes, there is a Selena movie in the works. Gregory Nava (who
directed the wonderful movie, "My Family (Mi Familia)", has signed to direct it. There is
no certainty as to who will play Selena, but Salma Hayek (the beautiful woman in "Desperado")
has been approached for the part. Keep up the good work with this page!
Anthony L. Chavez
- The Univision TV Network News decided to run a report on Globe's published
autopsy photos of Selena and somehow found it necessary to air the photos on the
air, too. This might have been in retaliation to Mr. Quintanilla refusal to
have a press conference during Selena's murder trial if Univision
was present. Seems like Mr. Quintanilla didn't like a special that Primer Impacto
did on Selena back in Oct.
Mr. Quintanilla plans to take legal action against Globe magazine for publishing those photos.
- Shocking autopsy photos were published by Glode magazine in their Nov 14 issue.
I have seen these photos and agree that they should not have been published.
I am not easily upset or "grossed out" by shocking photos, but these pictures did
have an affect on me. I guess it was because there were photos of someone I truely
loved and miss. I hope that these pictures are never seen by anyone of the
Dr. Lloyd White, the Nueces County medical examiner, said the photos were taken by a Corpus Christi police technician during the course of the autopsy. "Those are legitimate autopsy photographs, and I have seen them. But those are not the medical examiner's photographs, and my office never had them", Dr. White said.
The Globe vice president Terry Raskyn said someone from Corpus Christi approached the magazine with the photos. "We didn't have to beat the bushes for them", Ms. Raskyn said. She refused to say if the magazine paid for the photos.
Some stores have pulled the magazine from their shelves.
- A painting
of Selena has caused the Houston artist Donell Hill some problems with Mr. Quintanilla. This picture
depicts Selena framed by white roses and skeletons. One skeleton is holding a microphone. Ms. Hill
said "The whole idea was to honor the spirt of Selena for the celebration of the Day of the Dead".
The painting was inspired by Selena's song God's Child.
Mr. Qunitanilla described the painting as "trashy kind of art". "My wife was very disturbed when she saw the skeleton with a microphone", Mr. Quintanilla told the Houston Chronicle.
Ms. Hill's and Mr. Quintanilla lawyers' are discussing if Ms. Hill should be allowed to reproduce and sale the painting under Selena's name.
- Yolanda Saldivar was sentenced to life in prison!
She must spend at least 30 yrs in prison before being eligible for parole.
- On Oct 23, 1995 Yolanda Saldivar was found GUILTY in the 1st Degree of murdering Selena.
Babies named Selena in Texas:
From April 1-Sept. 8, 1995 Source: Bureau of Vital Statistics, Texas Department of Health
Harris: 98 Dallas: 72 Hidalgo: 63 Bexar: 55 El Paso: 36 Tarrant: 36 Cameron: 30 Webb: 18 Travis: 17 Starr: 11 Nueces: 9 Total statewide: 619
- According to the "Rock on TV" website, VH-1 will be airing a show on Selena
called "Music, Tragedy and Trial: Selena Special". The times given
- Fri. Oct. 13 10:00pm Eastern Time
- Sat. Oct. 14 7:30pm Eastern Time
- Sun. Oct. 15 6:00pm Eastern Time
- A brass star was unveil at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Antonio. There's also an exhibit of Selena memorabilia at the Cafe. Mr. Quintanilla and Chris Perez took part in the ceremony.
- The Selena family will attend the murder trial for Yolanda Saldivar. They
do not plan to attend the jury selection set for Monday Oct. 9.
Yoland Saldivar was transfered to the Houston yesterday to stand trial on charges of murdering the Queen of Tejano music, Selena. She was heavily guarded while she was being transported.
Excerpts from Corpus Christi's Caller-Times by Rosemary Barnes:
Local philanthropist Dusty Durrill's plans for a seawall pavilion honoring slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez are back on the table.
Durrill said that without an endorsement from the City Council in the next 10 to two weeks, the community would miss out an opportunity for a nationwide radio fund-raising campaign for the Selena memorial early next year.
Some council members, including Mayor Mary Rhodes, said they like Durrill's proposal and would welcome private funding for the memorial.
Excerpts from Billboard, September 23, 1995:
SELENA IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET, by John Lannert
"On November 15, EMI Latin is slated to release "Selena Remembered," a longform video biography of Selena containing seldom-seen footage of her personal and professional life.
"Last week, EMI Latin released 'Techno Cumbia' and the title track to Selena's blockbuster album 'Dreaming of You.'
"And as many of you know, Q Productions, owned by Selena's father; Abraham Quntanilla, is executive producing a biopic of Selena with Esparza/Katz Productions. Noted director Gregory Nava will helm the film. Selena's brother; Abraham III, better known as A.B., will produce and original soundtrack for his Phat Kat Groove Productions.
"A.B. says the soundtrack will contain rerecorded versions of Selena's Spanish and English language hits, plus new English language material, such as 'Oh No,' a cumbia-flavored song written by A.B. and Selena.
"Finally, an authorized biography of Selena is due in March 1996. Co-written by Victor Villasenor and the Quintanilla family, the book will be published by Delcourt Press."
State District Judge Mike Westergren of Corpus Christi has barred the public from attending jury selection when it begins Oct. 9 in Houston.
No one without a pass or who cannot prove having business in 1 of the 5 courts on the 5th floor that day will be allowed off the elevators or out of the stairwell on that floor.
Only one televison photographer and one still photographer will be allow on the floor. There will be little to photograph, because Judge Westergren has ordered the windows of his court to be covered. All trial witnesses will be escorted into the court through a back door to avoid photographers.
There will be no live broadcast of the trial, but the Houston Chronicle's on-line service is seeking the rights to carry testimony by computer. No decision has been make on that request.
So the word from the court is "Don't Come!"
Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla, said in a news conference in Corpus Christi that he would have complete control of the film being made of his daughter. Mr. Quintanilla said, "Nobody knows more about my daughter and our life than I do". The film's director, Gregory Nava, said the March 31 shooting death of Selena would not be depicted in the film.
Mr. Quintanilla also said that her band, Los Dinos, will break up after a farewell tour next spring.
The District Judge Mike Westergren of Corpus Christi rejected Doug Tinker's, attorney for Yolanda Saldivar, request to delay grand jury action on an embezzlement case against his client. He said an indictment could delay her murder trial.
The District Judge Mike Westergren of Corpus Christi rejected Court TV and Univision request to provide live coverage of the trial of Yolanda Saldivar. He said he wanted to guard against adverse publicity. Both the District Attorney and the defense attorney opposed cameras in the courtroom. The trial is set to begin on Oct 9 in Houston.
Just heard that Abraham Quintanilla has agreed to produce a movie of Selena. He will be the Executive Producer. Filming will start next Feb. The movie should be ready by the summer of 1996.
There was a Special on Christina tonight with Selena's father, brother, sister and husband. They answered basic questions and cleared up some rumors. Selena's father said that they were near on closing a deal with making a movie of Selena. At the end of the special, 3 of her cousins' sang a song they made for her. Her bother, husband and Pete Astudillo sang a song that they made for her too. They both were very nice.
Reuben Marlett from Broolyn appeared on Entertainment Tonight, discussing his plans to make a movie on Selena. He's trying to make it authorised, but said that there were a few problems.
Selena new CD, Dreaming of You, sold 175,000 copies on the day it was released, July 18. It made number 1 on Billboard's pop chart on the CD's debut week, selling more than 331,000 copies. EMI Latin's president estimated that the album actually sold more than 700,000 copies last week because Billboard's does not include discount stores and many small shops specializing in Latin music.
Yolanda Saldivar's bail was reduced from $500,000 to $200,000 by District Judge Mike Westergren. Yolanda will still remain in jail because she couldn't come up with the $20,000 bond required for the release.
For information on Selena's Fan Club: Selena's Fan Club P.O. Box 5421 Corpus Christi, Tx 78465-5421 Good Housekeeping magazine will do a cover story in Aug on Selena. USA Today will have a section regarding her new CD on their July issue. On July 16th Entertainment Tonight will have a story on her. And probably on July 17, Good Morning America will have something to say about her new CD. A motion for a change of venue and to have Yoland Saldivar's bail reduce is set for Aug 4. A bail-reduction request in May was denied.
In San Antonio, Selena's father meet with California movie executive about a possible book and movie deal. The family is considering several proposals from independent producers.
In San Antonio, Tx Selena and her group won 5 awards in the Texas Music Awards show.
On Entertainment Tonight Selena's father said that Yolanda's defense will be to smear Selena's name. "She took her life, now she wants to take her image" said Mr. Quintanilla. He doesn't plan to attend the hearings. "We know what she did and I'm not going to waste my time at that circus."
Houston happening: A tribute to Selena on Memorial Day May 29th at 4pm in the Houston Astrodome. Friends of Selena will include La Mafia, Roberto Pulido, Alvaro Torres, Graciela Beltran, and many others. All proceeds to benefit the Selena Scholarship Fund. Yoland Saldivar's request for a lower bond (from $500,000 to $10,000) was denied Thursday. Yolanda has pleaded not guilty. The trial is scheduled for Oct 9.
Selena's new album featuring her new english songs will be available July 18. The 13-track Dreaming of You package will include four English songs, two English/Spanish duets with David Byrne and the Barrio Boyzz, two numbers from the movie Don Juan DeMarco, her hit Amor Prohibido, a photo booklet and bilingual lyrics.
Yolanda Saldivar's lawyer (the lady who shot Selena) has requested that the trial be moved out of Texas. He also requested the the bond be lowered to $10,000. There was an interview with Selena's father and husband last night. They came on to answer questions and dispell some rumors going around. Selena's father said that it was not true that the Perez and the Quintanilla families were fighting over the inheritance money. Also that it was not true that they were trying to get Chris out of his own house. Chris said that he is shy and that is why he doesn't do interviews and not that he was told not to talk to reporters. He also said that the band members have talked about playing again but nobody has done anything about it. Selena's father said they were getting ready to reopen Selena's stores, both the one in Corpus and the one in San Antonio. In fact, the one in San Antonio was reopened Tues. They were also going to release the english songs she recorded.
Selena's albums soar after her death. Amor Prohibido debuted at No. 183 in June. It entered the Pop Chart at No. 36 last week and moved to No. 36 this week. Two weeks ago on Billboard's Latin chart Amor Prohibido went back to No. 1 and three of her five albums reentered the chart. Amor Prohibido had been selling 2,000 copies a week before her death; last week it sold 28,000.
Pocket Book announced Monday that its book, Selena: The Phenomenal Life and Tragic Death of the Tejano Music Queen, will be out May 1. The bilingual biography by Clint Raymond, will include eight pages of picture and will tell of her peace work among Latino communities.
The April 15 issue of Billboard has news of EMI Latin's intentions for the Selena retrospective CD. Among previously unreleased songs will be: 1) Four songs from what was to be her SBK English debut. 2) Three new spanish songs from EMI Latin. 3) A Track from the upcoming "West Side Story" compilation. 4) A bilingual duet with David Byrne from "Don Juan de Marco" 5) Four spanish songs she did with Mariache Sol de Mexico.
LULAC will step up the boycott against Howard Stern. LULAC Council 100 in Dallas will hold a news conference at 11am Friday at City Hall to discuss the status of the boycott and to announce an updated list of boycoot targets. Gatorade was one of the companies that said that it never intentionally bought commercials on the Howard Stern show, although one of its ads did run on KEGL in Dallas last week during the show. Sears spokeswoman Jan Drummond stressed that the company specifically has a policy against advertising on programs such as Mr. Stern's, but a communications error resulted in the airing of one Sears commercial in Dallas last week.
Texas Gov. George Bush announced today that April 16 will Selena Day. Sunday, April 16 happens to be Easter and Selena's birthday.
Justice of the Peace Eloy Cano issued a warrant in Harlingen Texas on Friday charging the "shock jock" (Howard Stern) with disorderly conduct for deriding the devotees of slain Tejano singing star Selena on his nationally syndicated radio show. If convicted of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, he would face a fine of up to $500. Grounds for the disorderly conduct charge were that Mr. Stern's remarks were abusive and alarming to others.
The New York City Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning Howard Stern's ridicule of Selena and her music.