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5 shows and movies about music icons like Selena: The Series

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Shows and movie like Selena: The Series

The artists who inspire us with their music, their talent, and their spirit hold a special place in our hearts long after they retire or pass from this world.

It’s why we immortalize them in works of biographical fiction, trying desperately to get close enough to their stories to feel like we were a part of it in some way. Or to understand them as people. Or to uplift their legacy. Perhaps that’s why Selena Quintanilla has both Selena: The Series and Selena, the movie, to her name.

Music icons tread in both culture and history, often shaping the industry, public opinion, and taste with their influence. One doesn’t have to be a fan or know who an icon is for their impact to be felt. In fact, sometimes people are introduced to a legend through their biopic or bioseries.

Dramatized music history, which draws from real life events to paint a picture of a person’s life, is a subgenre of entertainment that is endlessly fascinating. So, if you’ve finished Selena: The Series and you’re looking for more stories about music icons, then here are five shows and movies you can stream on Netflix now.

Is Get on Up on Netflix?

The late Chadwick Boseman’s filmography is filled with more than one biopic in which he embodied the life of a historic figure. He has played Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and in 2014, he took on the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown.

Get On Up is a biopic that remains aware of Brown’s legendary status in the world of music, largely in part because he’s the one telling the story. For over two hours, viewers are taken on a non-linear journey through Brown’s life.

Some events read almost fantastical in their retelling, their importance highlighted by the film’s elevation of what’s unfolding on the screen. But the film doesn’t paint Brown solely in gold, recognizing only his expertise and genius in the medium of funk and soul music. It treats him as the talented musician and singer he was and depicts his temper, abuse of his partners, and willingness to cut even his closest friends out. The film does this while also showing the pain of his childhood, zeroing in on the fact that, though the world knows him as the James Brown, he was once simply James, a boy abandoned by his parents.

Get On Up isn’t a full picture of Brown’s life, no biopic or bioseries really can be, but it does solid work depicting the man, the myth and the legend of who James Brown was.

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Movies like Selena: The Series

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 26: Actress Angelica Celaya arrives for the Screening Of Telemundo’s “Jenni Rivera: Mariposa De Barrio” at The GRAMMY Museum on June 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

Is Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio on Netflix?

Based on the autobiography Unbreakable: My Story, My Way, the Spanish language series Mariposa de Barrio follows the life and career of Jenni Rivera up to her tragic death in 2012.

The singer rose to prominence in the late ’90s to early 2000s performing Banda music, a traditionally male-dominated style of regional Mexican music.

While the series focuses on Rivera’s stardom, it also explores the changing dynamics in her family as she grows from a daughter into a lover, mother, and wife. All of it influences the stories she paints in her music as well as the choices she makes as an artist and for herself.

Mariposa de Barrio consists of 91 episodes, all of which are available to stream on Netflix.

How to watch Luis Miguel: The Series

A star rising at an early age due to having a parent whose own dreams are steering their child’s life is, unfortunately, not uncommon. Though for people looking in on the outside, what’s mostly seen is the success that was born from that sacrifice, not the trials and tribulations that come with it.

Luis Miguel: The Series takes the titular Latin American phenom’s life and spins it into a drama that explores family dynamics between maturing stars and their families, life in the spotlight, and the double-edged sword of fame.

Two seasons of the Spanish language series, starring Diego Boneta, can be streamed on Netflix. A third season has yet to be announced.

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Movies like Selena: The Series

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 16: Actress Chante Adams and rapper Roxanne Shante attends “Roxanne Roxanne” Atlanta Screening VIP Q&A and Afterparty at The Gathering Spot on April 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Is Roxanne Roxanne on Netflix?

Hip-Hop rose as an art form in the ’70s and ’80s with MCs rocking the mic. But it wasn’t just boys and young men getting the people hype, young women and girls like Roxanne Shante were spitting their truth for the world to hear, too.

Their names have been honored in hallowed halls, but there’s something about being immortalized in film that speaks to the legendary status of one’s artistry and career. The biopic is the illuminating medium that polishes an icon’s legacy for it to be seen by both new fans and old alike.

Roxanne Roxanne represents the flowers given to the film’s namesake, whose career started at 14. Roxanne (Chanté Adams) lit up New York City clubs with her rhymes, but she also dealt with troubles at home with a single mom and siblings who needed them both.

Talent can’t keep you from making mistakes concerning love and family even if it can provide a light and the possibility of a way out. The 2017 film captures that reality in stark colors with a cast that includes Nia Long and Mahershala Ali.

Is The Runaways based on a true story?

If you’ve ever sung “I Love Rock & Roll” at the top of your lungs, then you know who Joan Jett is or at least can recognize her voice. The rock legend has scorched countless stages with her dark voice and growl, but before she struck out on her own and formed The Black Hearts, she’d been a part of the ’70s rock band, The Runaways.

Immortalized in the 2010 film, the band’s short-lived time in the spotlight screams into focus, careening through the lives of these young teen girls making a name for themselves in the male-dominated L.A. rock scene. They’re loud, brash, vulnerable, and as punk and glam as they come.

The Runaways takes a deep dive into the band’s beginnings majorly through the perspective of Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) and her relationship with Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart). It’s a tale fueled by dreams and the inevitable tumult caused by the very thing the industry is famous for “sex, drugs, and rock & roll.”

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