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11 Famous People Inspired by Selena Quintanilla

The pioneering Tejano star died 25 years ago.

25 years ago, Mexican-American Tejano sensation Selena Quintanilla was murdered.

In her short 23 years, Selena shook the Latin music scene by storm throughout the late '80s and early '90s, playing an unprecedented role in driving the genre towards the mainstream in the United States. Some of her greatest influences included Donna Summer, Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul, and the Jackson family, though her father encouraged her to pay homage to her roots by singing in Spanish and implementing Mexican cumbia and mariachi into her music.

With hits like "Dreaming of You," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Como la Flor"—as well as an unmistakable, but often replicated, sense of style—Selena was a phenomenon with a lasting legacy. Reactions to her tragic death by gunshot wound in 1995 were comparable to those following the deaths of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and President John F. Kennedy. Two weeks after her death, George W. Bush—then governor of Selena's home state of Texas—declared her birthday, April 16, Selena Day in the state. In honor of her, we've rounded up 11 artists who've cited the Queen of Tejano as an influence in their own careers.

Selena Gomez

Hailing from the same state, it shouldn't be a surprise that the "Lose You to Love Me" singer looked up to her namesake. "I am named after her. She was a big deal to my family and growing up from the get-go, I knew who she was and who I was named after," Gomez told The View in 2012. "I got to visit her grave. I've actually met...some of her family, and it's such an honor to be named after someone so amazing."

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Slept On: New Releases from UnoTheActivist, SahBabii, and More

SahBabii, UnoTheActivist and more make up this weeks under appreciated releases

Juice WRLD's posthumous release, Legends Never Die, has already sold over 400,000 copies, putting it in the running for the biggest release of 2020.

Meanwhile, Summer Walker confidently returns with a sleek new E.P., Kid Cudi and Marshall Mathers unite for the first time, James Blake quietly dropped a shadowy new track, and H.E.R. added a splash of reggae flavor to her new track "Do To Me." While it was a big week for the mainstream, it was equally as massive for the underground. Upcoming mumble emcee SahBabii's released an infectious collection of wavy, levitative hip-hop, and the iconic Fresh Veggies duo of Casey Veggies and Rockie Fresh return for their second outing. Check out the latest underground releases below.

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Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

Our hearts are with his victims and their families.

Justice has finally reached serial predator and ex-movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape last month by a New York court, which meant he faced between 5 and 29 years in prison. While Weinstein was found guilty of two of the five charges brought against him, he was acquitted of two more serious charges of predatory sexual assault, which could have come with a life sentence. He was convicted based on testimony from two of his victims, Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann. Both victims spoke at today's sentencing.

"If Harvey Weinstein had not been convicted by this jury, it would have happened again and again and again," Haley said Wednesday in court according to CNN. "I'm relieved he will now know he's not above the law. I'm relieved there are women out there who are safer because he's not out there."

Just six of Weinstein's victims testified against him in court, though at least 100 women have publicly accused him of sexual abuse. The six brave women responsible for putting this dangerous man behind bars are: Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, and Lauren Young. Thanks to their brave self-sacrifice, a dangerous predator is no longer allowed to harm others.

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