Televisions all over Oaxaca have been covering the plane crash of banda and reality television star Jenni Rivera. Originally form Long Beach, California, Jenni Rivera was a controversial and well-loved figure in Mexico.

A sad roundtable panel of women read Tweets from people touched by this loss and spoke with people who had seen her last show in Monterrey and so on.

I am just a couple of years younger than she was, but she had such a different life. By 1989, when I was headed to college, she already had children and her singing career was taking off. She leaves behind a family of musicians and five children.

She is known for her powerful female message. One of her songs, “Las Malandrinas,” is here:

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