Celia will always hold a special place in my heart. She was one of the first visions of Blackness and Latinidad that I had ever seen. I only appreciated her greatness in college. Discovering her “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” during my student breaks in the Spanish and Portuguese building. Celia was a beckon of hope for las negras all over the world. So when Telemundo was all set to do a show loosely based off La Reyna’s life, I was a bit excited.
You all don’t know what Celia means to me. As a Black woman Spanish speaker, seeing Mama Celia on a youtube video being the light that she is brought a happiness to my life like none other.
I saw unapologetic Blackness take centerstage
Celia shows brown faces on a network that has historically excluded them. There are three visibly Black characters in leading roles on this show. Werquelo.
It’s a show honoring a Black woman
Black women are fierce, astounding and astonishing. #blackgirlsaremagic Celia is the queen of lifting up us Negras!
“Esa negrita no pasa de moda.”
For more information about the show, check it out here.
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