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For me and millions of other Selena fans born after the Tejana superstar’s death in 1995, the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez was our first introduction to Selena and her music. I watched it religiously every year on her birthday, April 16, and whenever it happened to be on TV. I grew up with the movie, seeing pieces of myself reflected in the precocious, preteen Selena, then later in the stubborn late-teens and independent early-twenties Selena. But her story stopped—a white rose falling to the ground, as it’s shown in the movie—and mine kept going. The story of Selena, much like that of the star it depicts, is bittersweet. In the shadow of the singer’s death, her family was struggling to heal. Selena had a massive…
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