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SARAH LA MORENO, BLACK SINGER OF REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC IN SOCALS, COLLECTS FANS BUT ALSO RACIST BACKLASH ONLINE.

Before clicking the Instagram video, the sight intrigued most. Sarah Palafox, a Black woman, held an iPhone while standing in front of mariachis. When users turned on the volume, they heard a woman belting out a heartbreak interpretation of Jenni Rivera’s “Que Me Vas A Dar” in perfect Spanish of Mexico’s Zacatecas. Instagram users said the short clip made them cry. Others demanded more.

But most wondered: Who was this woman with a voice like the late Tejano star Selena? And what’s her story? Palafox, an African American woman raised by a Mexican immigrant family, has generated excitement online with her versions of regional Mexican music. …

However, as Palafox has been stroking a frenzy with her voice, she’s also been to the target of a racist backlash online over her love of Mexican music. A few Black social media users accuse of her being ashamed of her Blackness. Some Latino users sling racist slurs and accused her of appropriation. The insults come in English and Spanish.

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