Coming in January 2021, presented by WBUR and Futuro Media, is the podcast Anything for Selena. The 10 episodes will be following journalist and host Maria Garcia as she goes on an intimate journey “on what it means to love, mourn, and celebrate Selena.” Garcia, who is also producing the podcast, announced on her Twitter account in a thread.
I’ve thought so much about what to write as we announce Anything For Selena, the biggest project of my career, the podcast that has brought me to my knees, to tears, to heartache and healing. Thread: https://t.co/KjEYOnKLkL
— Maria Elena Garcia (@NopalitaMami) October 13, 2020
On March 31, 1995, the “Queen of Tejano music” Selena Quintanilla was murdered at 23. Garcia was nine years old; she had become a fan of Selena just two years before. Now 25 years later, Garcia is the Senior Editor of The ARTety and has previously reported about politics and public policy along the United States and Mexico border. Now, during this podcast, she will focus on the impact Selena had and continues to have culturally, musically, politically, and socially.
During the 4-minute trailer in the background, you can hear the crowd cheering as Selena is introduced on stage. Then Garcia saying that this story is personal and,
“This journey begins at the border, a place in the in-between where, for a long time, I felt divided in two. Then I discovered her, red lips, brown skin, big hoops; She was magnetic no matter what side of the border she was on. I was a young kid, but I remember what it felt like seeing that one of us had made it, and she brought us with her. Selena’s legacy has shown me some of the biggest revelations about my identity, my community, my country.”
Also recently announced is that during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards that will occur on Sunday, January 31, 2021, Selena will be honored with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award. She won her first Grammy in 1994 for best Mexican-American Album for her album Selena Live!