Music is an art that binds us across all racial boundaries. (I guess that's why it's considered arts and humanities in college.)
I first heard Jenni Rivera in 2009, her Super Deluxe album. I danced, and learned Spanish from it. This guy I dated loved Jenni, and when we broke up, his Super Deluxe album came along with me.
Like many fans, I was horrified to learn of Rivera's missing airplane last night. I stayed up late, waiting for some sign that maybe a few passengers survived. The last time I felt this way was with the sudden death of R&B princess Aaliyah. When Aaliyah's plane went down, the tragedy was a little closer to home because I was scheduled to interview her that week. There's nothing like a human tragedy to remind journalists that our celebrities are people, too.
This is why we must remember not only the art that our celebrities leave behind, but the good works that they have done in their lifetime. Jenni Rivera was more than a super-famous Mexican-American singer and reality show star, she was also a working mother, a business woman, a woman who had known love and lost it, but jumped back on her feet to try it once more.
This is the Jenni Rivera that we, as women, should learn from--she was a woman that didn't give up. During her final press conference Rivera spoke of her recent divorce from her husband Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza, where she spoke of her decision not to wallow in negativity:
"I can't get caught up in the negative because that destroys you. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman," she said. "The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up."
Jenni Rivera, may you rest in peace.