Day 10 Catch Up: I’m a 90’s Baby

Life gets in the way.  But technically I still have ten hours to catch up.  That’s over a blog post an hour?

Well welcome to the Quick and Dirty Blogging Season.  Forgive the foolishness that ensues.  I do if for la gente.

One dark and stormy night, @Latinegro founded the 30 Day Latino Blog Challenge. He scheduled it to coincide with Latino/a and Latin American Heritage Month (I hate the word Hispanic) which began today and ends October 15th. And, hospitable fellow that he is, he’s invited any Latino blogger to join in.

Since I can count on one hand the number of fellow Afrolatina bloggers I know, I think I’ll take the plunge. After all, I haven’t written a post specific to Latina or Afrolatina issues for awhile now. For 30 days and nights, I owe the interwebs at least two paragraphs on the topic o’ the day. To follow along (or backtrack) click the tag “latina/o heritiage month.” Today’s topic(s): Talk about a Latino Musician in pop music

So I’m going to do this chica only because I know so little about her.  (I told you–quick and dirty season)  I did kinda grow up with her though and she does kinda sorta rep la familia (even if she is blonder than Madonna).  And this did ask for “pop.”

So sometimes I’m a gay man.  Which explains why I damn near fell out of my seat when the trailer for the new movie Burlesque with Cher and Christina Aguilera appeared on the screen while I was quietly munching popcorn and waiting for the Social Network. I swear–I loves me some Christina.

Favorite part of this movie is that she will actually look somewhat everyday, circa 1999:

While Britney flamed up and out and Justin went hip hop, this mujer consistently did just what she wanted to do: be it dirty girl dancing (@Pretty_Magnolia loves that ish), tattoos, unattractive husbands (you know it is true, but he loved you boo, do you) and cyborg behavior.  She’s also a survivor of domestic abuse and while she had her process play out in front of the entire world via her celebrity adolescence, she seems to have come out the other side whole and empowered.

Christina Aguilera basics (courtesy of the devil, Wikipedia):

Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York, to Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a Sergeant in the U.S. Army at the time, and Shelly Loraine (née Fidler), a teacher of Spanish. Aguilera’s father was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador.[25] Her maternal grandmother, Delcie Mabel Dunfee,[26] emigrated from County Clare, Ireland,[27] while her maternal grandfather is of German, French, English, and Dutch ancestry.[28]Her father was stationed at Earnest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador and Japan. Aguilera lived with her father and mother until she was seven years old. Aguilera grew up hearing Spanish and thus understands the language.[29] When Aguilera’s parents divorced, her mother took her, and her younger sister Rachel, to her grandmother’s home in Rochester, Pennsylvania, a town outside of Pittsburgh. According to both Aguilera and Fidler, her father was very controlling, as well as physically and emotionally abusive.[30] She later sang about her difficult childhood in the songs “I’m OK” on Stripped, and “Oh Mother” on Back to Basics. Although her father has written to Aguilera, she has ruled out any chance of reuniting with him.[31] Since then, Fidler has married a paramedic named Jim Kearns, and changed her name.

Throughout her youth in Pittsburgh, Aguilera sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, Pittsburgh Steelersfootball and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games, including during the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals.[35] Her first major role in entertainment came in 1993 when she joined the Disney Channel’s variety show The Mickey Mouse Club. Her co-stars included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears,Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell, the show lasted another year until its cancellation. According to the documentary Driven, Aguilera’s co-stars called her “the Diva”. One of her most notable performances was of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”.[34] At the age of fourteen, Aguilera recorded her first song, “All I Wanna Do”, a hit duet with Japanese singer Keizo Nakanishi.[36] In 1997, she represented the United States at the international Golden Stag Festival with a two-song set.[37] Aguilera entered talent contests on “teen night” at the Pegasus Lounge, a gay and lesbian nightclub in Pittsburgh.[38] She would later debut in Pittsburgh in mid-1999 at Lilith Fair.

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