A blog by Amanda Alcantara

Monday, October 21, 2013

Google celebrates Celia Cruz! Uepa!

Thank you Google for celebrating today what would've been Celia Cruz' 88th birthday!

Like many other Latinas out there, I grew up listening to Celia Cruz. Her music brings me back to simpler times when my abuela was also still around.

Although she got some criticism for not using her music to express issues of poverty, or disillusionment of Latino lives in the US like some of her peers did (i.e.Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, etc), she's still a symbol of strength, talent and beauty for Afro-Latinas in Caribbean Spanish-speaking countries. In fact, looking back, Celia Cruz' image and marketing was based largely on her voice and her sazón. 

Azucar! La Reina vive! 


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