A tribute to a musician-activist
Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:33 p.m.
With Jenni Rivera's death, the world has lost not only an incredible performer but also a strong individual who moved many with her music, her words and her actions.
Rivera sold millions of records and garnered several Latin Grammy nominations. For many years, her music touched Latina
Rivera was much beloved not only for her music but also her activism. In 2010, for instance, she immediately took to the stage to speak out against Arizona's SB 1070, the harsh anti-immigrant law that seemed like a slap in the face to her as a person whose music bridged the border.
Rivera's work for women and children stemmed from personal experiences with abuse; in 2007, her first husband was convicted of molesting their daughter and her sister. Stemming from this, Rivera worked hard to help sufferers of domestic violence and abuse. She founded the charitable Jenni Rivera Love Foundation to lend support to women in need.
In the months before she died, many believed the California native was on the verge of becoming hugely popular in mainstream American culture. Her reality show,
Still, most people in the United States hadn't heard of her when she died, which says a lot about how segregated we still are culturally.
As we mourn the passing of this great woman, let us not only remember her for music she shared and the entertainment she brought us but also for the work she did to help women, children and anyone she saw in need.
But most of all let us simply remember Jenni Rivera, a woman who accomplished much
Jose Miguel Leyva is a freelance writer in El Paso, Texas.
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