The Death of “la Reina de la Salsa:” Celia Cruz and the Mythification of the Black Woman

  • Monika Gosin
Part of the Afro-Latin@ Diasporas book series (ALD)


Gosin analyzes coverage of Celia Cruz’s death to consider how her blackness has been integrated, or not, within larger conceptions of Latinidad. She argues that embedded within portrayals of Cruz as a pan-Latina icon are stereotypes related to Black womanhood, including hypersexuality and ideas of the “mammy.” Gosin’s paper uses Cruz to consider how blackness and Black womanhood are represented within the Latino imaginary.


Black Woman Black People Popular Music Cultural Hybridity Mother Figure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monika Gosin
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  1. 1.College of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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