Over the many years of the almost monopolistic search engine Google operating on the internet, they’ve redesigned their front graphic, known more colloquially as their Doodle, more times and with more original drawings than a user could ever imagine. Programmers at Google have modified the Doodle for holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, for legendary authors such as “Where The Wild Things Are” author Maurice Sendak, and to remember important pop culture milestones such as the 46th anniversary of the sci-fi powerhouse Star Trek.


Recently though, Google decided to take a different route for their Doodle illustration and instead honor an incredibly talented and well-remembered musician who was tragically taken too soon by, ironically, the deadly hands of the president of her fan club. Selena Quintanilla, more commonly known as just Selena or La Reina, made a signature name for herself with Selena y Los Dinos’, a wildly successful band in the Tejano and Latin music scene as well as an incredibly successful solo career.  With very catchy tunes heavily inspired by Tejano musical roots such as “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”, her music crossed over into the mainstream and she became the poster child for the growing genre of music.  


(USA Today)

From her solo career, Selena became nothing short of an icon. Along with an illustrious music career where she received such prestigious awards as “Female Vocalist of The Year” in the 1986 Tejano Music Awards, Selena was also a “fashion trendsetter, passionate entrepreneur, community philanthropist, and one of the people who taught anyone growing up that no matter who you are or where you come from, anything is possible.”


Selena’s story of success itself is quite inspiring. Born in Lake Jackson, Texas, Selena started making music in the 1980’s, when Tejano music, a genre taking influences from both German polka and jazz, was overly dominated by men. Due to this fact, she was often refused bookings at venues. However, Selena didn’t let this adversity ruin her and she rose through the glass ceiling and accrued awards such as the Grammy for best Mexican/American album of 1993, becoming both the youngest individual to have that honor as well as the first woman to receive the award.   



Besides becoming a Tejano superstar that thrived against sexism in her industry, Selena was also a dedicated philanthropist and humanitarian. During her tragically short life, she assisted with a multitude of charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots, Texas Prevention Partnership and spoke at many schools regarding the importance of education. Before her death at only 23, Selena was also planning on performing at a benefit concert for The Boys & Girls Club of America. Through her many charitable actions, her perseverance in an industry that was originally dominated by the opposite gender and the icon of hope and solidarity that she became, Selena was given the nickname of “La Reyna” or “The Queen.” Also, then Texas governor George W. Bush declared her birthday, April 16, to be Selena Day and there was even a biopic of her starring Jennifer Lopez.


Google deciding to dedicate their Doodle to La Reina also coincides with Selena receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, conveniently located next to the company that released her first album, Capitol Records.


Are you a fan of La Reina? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff because I always love talking about the Texas music legends.