LA LUPE QUEEN OF LATIN SOUL


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06/03/2008
Elana Corona
La lupe was the best of all the time she is my favorite artist,nobody like her,she got a lot of passin in her music,she was a strong women for my she mean a lot "ella siempre sera la reina" i will like to get the dvd of la lupe can somebody help my to get it,mira me gustaria conseguir el dvd de l lupe alguien que me ayude a conseguirlo..

12/17/2007
Uzi Parnes

An amazing project that should get wider distribution. BRAVO to the filmmaker. Ms. Troyano has accomplished a great feat in bringing La Lupe back into the public eye where she belongs forever.

10/24/2007
New York, NY

I remember as a 12 year old boy watching La Lupe perform in person during the Patron Saint festival in Mayaguez, P.R. I was both enthralled and concerned wondering what was going on with this woman? Is she ok? Is she sick or dying? But, no, it was neither - she was simply trying to unzip her dress while singing on stage but because she was wearing a dress with the zipper on the back, she couldn't quite make it! I don't know if she succeded or not since my mother was so alarmed by what was going on that she hurriedly took me away. You managed to capture the erratic yet intriguing essence of La Lupe. Thanks. I wonder if you would consider something like it, in spanish, about my all-time idol: La Guillot.

10/03/2007
Niki Santorelli
San Diego, CA

I want to thank PBS for showing the life of La Lupe. Not many of our Hispanic brothers and sisters know about where and how salsa music became a part of America. Nor do they know that in our extensive 'culture' there has and always should be a special place for our African cousins. Thank you once again for all your research and how beautifully and truthfully you reminded us of La Lupe who was as great as Lola Beltran and Hector Lavoe. I hope that shows like this one can remind some of my Mexican cousins that they should remember how much the African community has given to the Latin "family" and maybe then they won't be so quick to be racist like I know many of my personal aunties and cousins still are. Thank you PBS.

10/03/2007
Elizabeth L. Franklin

Although I didn't know anything about the Afro-Cuban people, I was very impressed by her talent...Wow...I must say that as an black person, I never knew that much about our history...Meaning, that when our people where stolen from Africa, they were actually taken all over the world, thus the mixture with other races...I must say seeing this documentary really opened my eyes..However, I would like to know what happened to her children? How have they tried to move on after their mothers' death? As one who lost their mother at a young age, you never forget, but each day does get a little easier..This piece on her was so very interesting, I almost didn't want it to end. However, the most tragic thing was that she died almost peniless..Not uncommon back in those days for some of our great entertainers...Great Job PBS!!!!!

09/24/2007
Sandra Perez
New York, NY

Kudos to Thriteen and Independent Lens for the presentation of "La Lupe" by Ela Troyano. Excellent documentary on a phenomenal artist and era in the Latino American experience. Form and context presented thoughtfully and in a way that truly captured the transcendent qualities of the artist, culture and time.

09/24/2007
Newburgh NY
Dear pbs

I am very happy the la lupe queen of latin soul will finally be on thank you very much. I cant wait to see it I am very excited. I will like to know when the dvd of la lupe queen of latin soul will be sold. I heard it will have an extra hour on it I would love to own it. Your Friend



09/24/2007
Emilio Melendez
Diamond Bar, CA

Great program, we enjoyed it so much. We would like to see the program again, it went by us so fast. Do some more documentaries on the artists that have left us, i.e. Tito Rodriguez, Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri, Myrta Sylva. Whatever you give us will be appreciated. Thank you for giving us "La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul". Very informative being these artists were before our time. Emilio and Lillian Melendez.

09/19/2007
Nefrettiti Medina Moore
Woodland Hills, California

Gracias,Ela Troyano! La Lupe is a force unknown in these parts...until today! SO GLAD her documentary captured her essence so successfully in such a short amount of film time... Very Impressive!

09/19/2007
Edwin
Bronx, New York

I went through a range of emotions watching this. I cried. I laughed. I sang and danced. I fell in love with her all over again. See, for many years, La Lupe has solely been an audible part of my life it was nice to see her. Thank you for giving us this gift. I love you La Lupe.

09/19/2007
Mario Rios Pinot
NY NY

I loved this show. I did not know much about La Lupe before this wonderful show. It seemed fairly complete esp. with a visit to the house where she lived in Cuba. I would have enjoyed seeing some of her performances in Cuba which would have been early on.

09/19/2007
Adrienne M. Z. Chevrest
Loisaida, NYC

Muchissimas gracias, Ela Troyano, for having the cojones to attempt to capture the uncapturable--La Lupe, Queen of Latin Soul! As much as we all love, respect and honor Celia Cruz, La Lupe, unfortunately, was never given her due and seemed to fade as a shadow, a caricature, in the wake of Celia's bright light. La Lupe, however, was in a class by herself; there never existed, nor will there ever be, another quite like her! La Lupe gave her all--as if her very life depended upon it--with every performance, just like Judy Garland; possessed the absolute, unself-conscious and energetic abandon of Janis Joplin; the sultry, unique sexiness of Eartha Kitt; and the tragic and self-consuming fiery passion of Billie Holiday! She was the epitome of performance art for all time--a true legend, diva and entertainer beyond compare.

I remember hearing all about La Lupe because my mother and her sisters (Las Tres Malagones, The Malagon Sisters) were latin music artists who worked with all the greats--Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, the Palmieris, and others too obscure and numerous to mention, throughout Europe, the Caribbean and stateside during the 40s, 50s and early 60s.

I saw La Lupe at Englewood Hospital back in the late 80s while she was being treated for severe health conditions apparently related to her drug use (so I was told at the time). She looked absolutely horrible, but one could still see the glimmer of the once arrestingly beautiful woman she had been. I was very young and felt privileged to see and greet her, though I was horrified to see her in that state and felt saddened I had never experienced her firsthand while she was in her heyday performing. Thank you for this public service, Ms. Troyano! We are indebted to you for bringing La Lupe back to us and sharing what you have discovered yourself. God bless you!

09/19/2007
adalia torres
washington dc

I'm so happy about the presentation on pbs about la Lupe life, I have been waiting for this for many years. Since I was growing up in puerto rico my mother loved all her songs,she used to play her songs daily, I was 13 years old when i heard her voice on a tv. station, to me she is the BEST in this whole world no one can take her space. please let me know when we can purchase a video or dvd. Please keep doing more specials like this.

09/19/2007
C. Tyler
Waldorf, MD

Wonderful documentary! Of course I've heard of Celia Cruz but I had never heard of La Lupe and was very interested in her story which I thought was insightfully and creatively told.

09/19/2007
B J Bratton
Van Nuys, California

We viewed the Independent Lens documentary about La Lupe last night. WOW!!! We knew about Celia Cruz, but had never heard of La Lupe. She was outstanding in every way that an entertainer can be and her "end" was heart-breaking. The street named after her -- La Lupe -- in New York's Brooklyn area is a tribute to just how incredible her life was. To be told by Fidel Castro to "leave Cuba" was a shocker; especially because Castro believed that she "was getting more attention" than he. Thank you for this wonderful documentary.

09/19/2007
Migdalia Cruz

Everytime I have an experience with connection to the hispanic culture it always takes me back to my childhood. Born in Puerto Rico bought to New York after my mother's seperation to my biological father I am sure that music was my mother's form of healing. There was music in my home for just about any emotion, celebration mourning etc. La Lupe helped my mother process her divorce and starting over her new life. I thank her and Celia as if they were my ancetors. The one song I remember most was the one she sang about the day she left her man she was the one who came out the winnner. Mammie played that over and over again. She just wanted to be reassured that she did the right thing by leaving her husband her country and her own biological family. God has blessed used with a powerful healing method that can not be replaced by anything else. ASHE to La Lupe

09/19/2007

I think La Lupe was won of the best singers ever and that there should be more video clips of her. So people who were not ther or not around to see her could see who she was.

Mario
Bethesda, Maryland

I AM VERY GLAD TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE OUT THERE IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT LA LUPE IN 2007. I HAVE A MYSPACE OF LA LUPE (WWW.MYSPACE.COM/LUPEVICTORIAYOLI) AND I'M DOING MY BEST TO GET PEOPLE OF TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND TO REMEMEBER WHO THIS WOMAN WAS ALL ABOUT. I WILL BE WAITING ANXIOUSLY FOR THE TV TRANSMISSION. MANY THANKS TO THE PERSON(S) WHO HAD THE AMBITION TO GIVE LA LUPE ANOTHER SECOND CHANCE TO SHOW SHE EXSISTED AND THAT SHE MUST NOT EVER BE FORGOTTEN. THE MUSIC WORLD DID NOT KNOW WHAT THEY HAD UNTIL THEY LOST HER.

Jennifer
Bronx, NY

I am so thankful that this is going to be done. I am 29, and my mother always talks about La Lupe as the Real Queen of Salsa. I really learned of her music though when I saw Anais of Objetivo Fama sing her hit "Que Te Pedi". I was amazed, and my mother said that Anais reminds her so much of her. So I said, dam, then she was indeed the queen of latin soul. Thanks for keeping he memory alive, for recognizing latin music, and for reminding people of La Lupe's legacy. P.S..someone needs to do a movie about La Lupe and ANAIS MArtinez should play her.

Jonathan

When I really started to get into La Lupe it was about two years ago. I am 14 now and I think she is one of the best singers in Latin music. I am so happy they are finally doing a bio on her. And yes they should do a movie on her.

Louis Oreamuno
Jackson Heights, NY

When I was in my teens I got to know her personally in several clubs in Washington Heights. All I can say about her was she was SHEER SOUL & ALMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May she always rest in peace!!!

Mitchell
Wethersfield, CT

I am 43 yrs young and I recall seeing La Lupe on TV back in Puerto Rico when I was a kid, in a variety show or two, she was fire, always singing up a storm and trying to take her clothes off, (we all new why) she was crazy in a good way what a great talent. Anyhow, I love her and her songs, her sultry Raspy voice and her Energy. She was one of those singers that only come once in a lifetime. I listen to her music constantly, such as: PURO TEATRO, QUE TE PEDY, CUALQUIRA, TU VIDA ES UN ESCENARIO, DESTINO CRUEL, LA TIRANA Y SE ACABO which is half English/Spanish. you can see clips of La Lupe on www.youtube.com go and check them out you'll love seeing her in all her glory as much as I do.

Miguel A. Hernandez
Brooklyn, NY

I,m a 47 year old papi that still remembers her distictive and clasical sound. She would transends all critics and doubter she was the sound of latin jazz before it bacame popular she will always be the Queen and all others are just followers and wan bees. Like the saying gose "Often imitated never duplicated".

dward
N.Y.C, New York

It is about time, La Lupe is given some recognition. I was a total groupie of hers, followed her around for many years. I finally met her and became her assistent for a short while. She was extreme in everything she did. Tempermental, erotic, Funny insane, and a force not to be taken lightly. Her stage presense was as someone put it "A nervous breakdown on the stage". I wish there were more on her, This lady cannot ever be forgotten, she was an explosion in our universe, and people did not know it until it was too late.

Nilsa
New York City, N.Y

I grew up listening to La Lupe, and I saw her when I was very young. I recall being frightened of her presense, and her insanity. The loud colors, the moaning, the electricity on the stage. Nevertheless I became a fan, and followed her career. Her fall from popularity was a very sad thing to see. But, fans can be fickle, once the novelty is over. She lost everything, and became almost a caricature of herself. Drag queens imitated her, and not very well (too exaggerated) The show "La Lupe my Destiny" was full of inaccuracies. But that is how legends are born. Everyone adds their own version. She found happiness and comfort at the end with Christanity. I truly hope that happiness will last her through eternity. I miss this lady. Thank you for the film, and bringing her back to us for a short while.

Bobby Bodden
Whitestone, N.Y.

One night having been a salsa musician for 20 yrs.,I was playing in a Club in the Bronx called side street(circa 84-85) doing a tribute to another well known salsero- Jimmy Sabater. I believe she was also receiving an award. Having seen her as a teen, she exuded energy. If you were tired she would wake you up! No one was quite like her. This night she came on stage exuding that same energy. I was privileged to have LA LUPE almost knock over my keyboard. She still possessed that energy!!! LAUREN VELEZ SHOULD BE CHOSEN TO PLAY HER!

Will Alvarez Jr.
NY

I remember being about 7yrs old and asking my father Will Sr. Whom that lady was on the covers of T.Puente albums. Then he played her boleros while I glued myself to our sofa, I was blown away but did not know it. Seeing her her live with Tito just once was inexplicable. I can only say energy, passion, and flamboyance to say the least. I have to date never seen any performer like her. Liberace and his flamboyance couldnt hold a FLAME to her. Female performers today do not have what La Lupe and Celia Cruz had in terms of the character, There own self created sexiness and talent that can captivate and silence a crowd at a venue like Madison Square Garden. We are privileged to have witnessed performances or in the least enjoyed her records.

Carlos Leon
Flushing, New York

You know, "Independent Lense" will present this new profile of La Lupe tonight. I have not yet watched it but will tell you this: Leave it to PBS Channel 13 to continue to respect, acknowlege and profile the major contributions of the American Latin people! No other American broadcast station, to my knowledge, has the forsite to pull in, present and enlighten the masses on the heart,soul,spirit and history/herstory of our blessed pioneers in so many areas. From "Mi Puerto Rico" to the profile on Cuba, I as a Native New Yorker, have learned a great deal about our struggles and triumphs. Oh how our children need to see their own images presented properly and respectfully so they can pick up the torch and continue our legacy. I will renew my membership as a great big THANK YOU to you. Only now and ONLY 13.

Iris M. Gross

Thank you for showing "La Lupe". I can understand why she might have been considered "frightening", it was hard for me to watch her myself even now! As far as an artist that belongs to my generation, I was a pre-teenager in the early 70s when I discovered Elton John and The Jackson Five, so I definitely have a connection with those two artists that I feel today's teenagers wouldn't get. As to the limitations involved, when the Republicans and other conservatives control the media, being a gender-bending performer presents the obvious problems, don't they?! Thanks again for an interesting show.

Zorceci
San Antonio, Texas

I could not believe I was watching "La Lupe" finally on a TV documentary. I was glad, that after so long someone had given "La Lupe" the recongnition she deserved. I was hoping for more Bio on "La Lupe", but this was more than anyone had ever done. She was amazing, one of a kind. Solo una en la vida como "La Lupe", se merece mucho mas, pero mil gracias a Ela Troyano por darle ese lugar que se merece y Ela se merece un premio por esta produccion. Ahora quiero una copia de este QUEEN OF LATIN SOUL. In Puerto Rico Sully Diaz (model & actress) played La Lupe and went all the way to Broadway, but my husband said that Sully did not do La Lupe Justice... No way. I think La Lupe was so full of life and her spiritual energy filled our hearts with great music. I heard La Lupe for the first in PR on the radio and I became a fan. Later my mother in law told me her sister did a great imitation of La Lupe and believe it or not she did and she still likes to sing like La Lupe. I would like to see more on La Lupe. ***Mil Gracias por esta gran historia***

Pamela Wilson
Charlotte, NC

As an Afro-American teen raised in the Bronx, NY, I was introduced to latin music by my hispanic friends. When I heard La Lupe I found her amazing, haunting, I loved her sound. I listened to her songs over and over until I could sing each song. I also was envolved in Santeria and later got saved and became a pentecostal. I am extremely overjoyed to know that La Lupe found the Lord at the end of her life.

Holly Torres
Miami, Florida

Well I'm 23 yrs. old I come from a Cuban Immigrant family. Yesterday 6-5-07 I sat down and watched the documentary on La Lupe and I was blown away and very intrigued because My grandmother & mom (my dad & rest of my family)( my mom was 13yrs. old) left Cuba around the same time La Lupe left Cuba ( you know when Castro came in power)and they also like many cubans;went to Union City,New Jersey. So even though I wasn't born yet I kinda felt like I was warped back in time and see what my grandmother was doing & experiencing back in the day in Cuba And Union city ( she would tell me that she would go partying & bar/ club hopping like crazy in Cuba & Union city; that it was a hot popping time( Cuba was like a jazzy south beach back in the day)(plus she loves the jazz even today) And it gives me some insight on what my mom was getting raised around, what Era she was soaking up...All in all I really loved the film it made me feel proud of who I am and where my roots are from..(And I can say for a fact that her music has no age I loved her music & her sound it blew me away).It educated me on cuban history and definitly makes me proud to be A Strong Cuban Woman... Que Viva Cuba!!!

Stephanie Gonzalez
San Antonio, Texas

I'm 60 yrs. young and a transplanted Nuyorican. I danced my heart out to the "real Salsa", back in the day in NYC. There never was NOR will there ever be another "Yi Yi Yi." She was the true epitome of a Salsera. Unfortunately, like another beautiful woman of color, Billie Holiday, life got to them. May they be singing their hearts out for the Good Lord in heaven now. God bless them both.

Jose C.
New York

I am so honored to live in this world and speak our beautiful language, Spanish, as well as English. I am also honored that during my lifetime, I learned to appreciate and admire 2 of the most significant female performers from Cuba: La Lupe & Celia Cruz. So much is said about them and so much talent was absorbed by so many, they have honestly left a deep void no one is able to fill till this day although many try. Felicidades Ela. I wonder when will be able to see this documentary in our region. Well, good things come to those who wait, right? Enjoy this visual delight! I hope i will enjoy it as well.

James Cavalluzzo
Victoria, British Columbi

Wow! A great film and an amazing woman! How can I get a hold of this film on DVD?

Norma Cordero
Bronx, NY

Thank you so much for bringing it on. Finally, LA LUPE IS FREE AT LAST. What I mean is all those speculations of her being on drugs, using cocaine or even heroine, etc.. when in fact she was in alot of PAIN that no one even knew. How sad was that. I never had the chance to meet her or see her perform -boy I wish I did. As for her performances I think she was just PHENOMENON! She was a survivor. Her music will always live on in our hearts. I really loved what Ela Troyano brought to us as viewers of PBS to educate us, the public of what a sensational woman she was and how she never quit. If any one was to make this into a movie your best pick is Lauren Velez. I couldn't see any other woman play/do this role. Thanks, again for this sensational film.

German Garcia
Miami, Florida

I play the bass professionally in miami, and for the last 30 years have had the honor of playing along my good friend Homero Balboa, La Lupe's original pianist. I feel fortunate to have been able to listen to his many stories of his relationship with her during her initial years ofn her career, I also had the pleasure of meeting her and her son, who at the time was in his early teens around the late 70's. She was one of a kind, and along with the great Tito Pente became an icon of our rich culture, may God Bless Them Both.

wendy
brooklyn

I am sorry I missed the show. Hope to catch it soon. My thoughts on la lupe, she was awesome! As a little girl, I felt I knew her. My mom played her albums every weekend while she cleaned the house. It was a ritual. We all loved her. My mom adored her and swore she was la lupe especially when she wore her scarf, big earrings and lots of jewelry and sang her songs to the top of her lungs. I recall as a little girl going with my mom to the Coliseum on 59th St. to see her and being practically trampled when she threw her albums to the crowd.

Eloy Guzman
Philadelphia

I was around 11 years old, in Cuba waiting to see La Lupe,my idol, on TV-musical-show in a late program.At that time newspapers, magazines,radio and TV, were busy with La Lupe," as a main course". That night I remember the song she sang:"Quiere Siempre".She wore a dress made of soft fabric and hight hills.Her interpretation was incrementum until she trow away her shoes , pull off her hairdo and hit ferociously the pianist in his back for seconds.Her histery went to a climax until she trew herself against a wall. My cousin turn off the TV and asked me to imitate La Lupe. At that age, "I was the clown in my family". I sang the song and did exactly what she did that night.After all of those years. I visited my family in Cuba recently and my cousin now in his 70's, said to me with a soft voice" I knew that you were different(gay) since that night that you imitated La Lupe in 1961, you were so young but...I'll never forget La Lupe and you act. I didn't hear about La lupe for twenty years.Later I moved to New York and went to college there.I graduated and started teaching in a public school in the city. The day she died in 1992 I was going to school when I heard the news.After class I went to the funeral home in the Bronx where her body was lying in a coffin.I saw hundred of people waiting in line outside the building,trying to see her for the last time. I couldn't go inside,so I talk with somebody I knew, excuse myself and left. Isn't life a puzzle?...

suni
colorado springs, co

WOW! I found a new fav singer..This was an amazing lady.,love her energy.Thanks for showing this show.Is the dvd going to be for sale any time soon..

Teisa
Maple Heights, Ohio

I must say that I really enjoyed the piece on La Lupe. Until I watched the special Saturday evening, I had no knowledge of La Lupe (no offense). I found her to be a very strong, energetic, admirable woman. Although, I am of African-American decent I really felt of sense of respect for her and all that she endured during her lifetime. I respect the fact that she continued to do her own thing no matter what trials and tribulations she endured because of it. Watching that documentary made me want to learn more about her and the music.

Mar-Garet
Point Marion, WV

This was the first time I ever heard of La Lupe! What a revelation! She was a true Artist, on the cutting edge of the night. I light a candle for her. She is the Ancestress of many. I think that many people (especially in USA) did not understand her. As more people learn about Santeria, perhaps more will come to understand. I think that Lupe needed support and community, as many Divas do. When she did not get it, she went downhill. When she converted to Pentacostal Christianity, she received the support and community she needed for her healing. May her soul always be free!!! Viva La Lupe!!!

I had honestly never heard of La Lupe prior to seeing this film. I had heard and listend to Celia Cruz for years. I now understand why this is, thanks to this movie's explanation on the record label situation with Celia. I am so happy now that I have experienced this film. I am now a huge fan and would love to learn more about La Lupe and her life. This film was fantastic and when La Lupe sang she gave me chills and at times I was almost brought to tears. When she sang she sang from her soul and she could feel the music. This is a trait that I feel is lacking in 99% of musicians on television today. I love that La Lupe was herself and refused to conform. Thank you for making this film.

Alan Owens
Ann Arbor

INDEPENDENT LENS; June 17, 2007-LA LUPE-QUEEN OF LATIN SOUL. LA LUPE was very vulgar but was a charismatic leader from Latin America. She is someone that is needed today with all the illegal aliens from Latin America; furthermore, she will lead into the future. LA LUPE was a successful mother and wife. Also she was a celebrity, as the kind of person she was on TV indicated. Lastly, she was a distinquished popular singer. But she was "naive" about American show business but she didn't take drugs. At her funeral she was a myth. Lastly, she was a Latin American teacher and she wasn't a thief!

Tim Duggan
Arlington, VA

Fascinating story about a singer I am just learning about. Her life story seems to resonate, or even mirror, other artists of late. Janis Joplin comes to mind - and more recently, Whitney Houston. I did want to add an additional comment regarding two flaws in an otherwise lovely documentary; perhaps these have already been pointed out, if so, I apologize. It involves the subtitles in the last quarter of the program. As 'La Lupe' was trying to rebuild her career in Puerto Rico, there was a newspaper headline "La Cantante Pierdo Mucho" that was translated into English as "Singer Looses Everything". I don't know what she was loosening, maybe her dress? Seriously, the obvious word there should have been -loses- right? I minute or so later, in the interview with the man in the yellow (amarillo) shirt, subtitles read ...'a benefit to recoup all her loses'... Loose, lose, loss, losses, loses. English is sometimes a messed-up language but there ARE many, many avenues available to vet text. This isn't a critiscm, just an observation and hopefully, an incentive. (Or maybe a job application). Warmest, Tim Duggan

This documentary is one of the best I have ever seen. LA LUPE was a sensation, she can't be defined in the tradtional fem/macho expression - she just WAS. We all take risks just waking up in the morning - LALUPE increased her risk by daring to be passionate and real.

Daniel Cuellar
Houston, Texas

What a rivetting documentary! As all of yours are. I had never heard of La Lupe, and of course I had heard of Celia and Tito. What a trailblazer and such an amazing woman. It's makes you wonder if today's latin artists know of her or furthermore know what she contributed to today's music. I have begun a search for her music, and I hope I find some to download to my ipod. Many thanks for your informative and original programming. I have a great idea for a documentary too, but making movies is not my forte'. Feel free to contact me if you want to hear my idea. Again---thanks!

Louis
NY. NY

Your film has not yet been shown in New York City. I am anxiously awaiting it. I have been reading what others have written about this lady. I was fortunate enough to see her at Carneige Hall twice, and at the old Manhattan Center. This lady was an explosion on the stage, she would come out onto the stage very well dressed, and coiffed. by the end of her act she would be standing there, barefoot, wigs gone, eyelashes taken off, clothes in complete shambles. she would stand there with her colored santero scraves, and just let go. She had a sweet, scary presence which no one will ever be able to duplicate. Drag queens try to imitate her, but after seeing the real thing, they are not really good at it. Lupe was passion, fire, insanity, love, anger, voodoo all the elements of life standing exposed for the world to see. I hope that she has found peace, and happiness in the afterlife. Love you Lupe, you were a joy to see. Rest well dear lady.

7/3/07
Omar Sanabria
Fort Lauderdale

Irreverent, ridiculous, comical, steadfast, a modern show woman-- these are few of the adjectives one can use to describe our dear La Lupe. She fought extremely hard to maintain her vision as a Latina artist in the US and her legacy lays in our minds today in the form of soulful ballads that make us remember our childhood sitting in front on the TV and thinking...WOW, one of us has made it in this country. I'm proud of her. I enjoyed the revival of our dear La Lupe, La Yiyiyi, the Queen of Latin Soul. Thank you PBS for bringing back so many memories of my childhood.

7/3/07
Louis
NY. NY

Your film has not yet been shown in New York City. I am anxiously awaiting it. I have been reading what others have written about this lady. I was fortunate enough to see her at Carneige Hall twice, and at the old Manhattan Center. This lady was an explosion on the stage, she would come out onto the stage very well dressed, and coiffed. by the end of her act she would be standing there, barefoot, wigs gone, eyelashes taken off, clothes in complete shambles. she would stand there with her colored santero scraves, and just let go. She had a sweet, scary presence which no one will ever be able to duplicate. Drag queens try to imitate her, but after seeing the real thing, they are not really good at it. Lupe was passion, fire, insanity, love, anger, voodoo all the elements of life standing exposed for the world to see. I hope that she has found peace, and happiness in the afterlife. Love you Lupe, you were a joy to see. Rest well dear lady.

6/22/07
Daniel Cuellar
Houston, Texas

What a rivetting documentary! As all of yours are. I had never heard of La Lupe, and of course I had heard of Celia and Tito. What a trailblazer and such an amazing woman. It's makes you wonder if today's latin artists know of her or furthermore know what she contributed to today's music. I have begun a search for her music, and I hope I find some to download to my ipod. Many thanks for your informative and original programming. I have a great idea for a documentary too, but making movies is not my forte'. Feel free to contact me if you want to hear my idea. Again---thanks!

6/22/07

This documentary is one of the best I have ever seen. LA LUPE was a sensation, she can't be defined in the tradtional fem/macho expression - she just WAS. We all take risks just waking up in the morning - LALUPE increased her risk by daring to be passionate and real.

6/19/07

This documentary is one of the best I have ever seen. LA LUPE was a sensation, she can't be defined in the tradtional fem/macho expression - she just WAS. We all take risks just waking up in the morning - LALUPE increased her risk by daring to be passionate and real. WHEN CAN I BUY THIS DVD? IT MUST BE IN MY COLLECTION!

6/19/07
Tim Duggan
Arlington, VA

Fascinating story about a singer I am just learning about. Her life story seems to resonate, or even mirror, other artists of late. Janis Joplin comes to mind - and more recently, Whitney Houston.
I did want to add an additional comment regarding two flaws in an otherwise lovely documentary; perhaps these have already been pointed out, if so, I apologize. It involves the subtitles in the last quarter of the program. As 'La Lupe' was trying to rebuild her career in Puerto Rico, there was a newspaper headline "La Cantante Pierdo Mucho" that was translated into English as "Singer Looses Everything". I don't know what she was loosening, maybe her dress? Seriously, the obvious word there should have been -loses- right? I minute or so later, in the interview with the man in the yellow (amarillo) shirt, subtitles read ...'a benefit to recoup all her loses'...

Loose, lose, loss, losses, loses. English is sometimes a messed-up language but there ARE many, many avenues available to vet text.

This isn't a critiscm, just an observation and hopefully, an incentive. (Or maybe a job application).

Warmest,

Tim Duggan

6/19/07
Alan Owens
Ann Arbor

INDEPENDENT LENS; June 17, 2007-LA LUPE-QUEEN OF LATIN SOUL. LA LUPE was very vulgar but was a charismatic leader from Latin America. She is someone that is needed today with all the illegal aliens from Latin America; furthermore, she will lead into the future. LA LUPE was a successful mother and wife. Also she was a celebrity, as the kind of person she was on TV indicated. Lastly, she was a distinquished popular singer. But she was "naive" about American show business but she didn't take drugs. At her funeral she was a myth. Lastly, she was a Latin American teacher and she wasn't a thief!

6/19/07

I had honestly never heard of La Lupe prior to seeing this film. I had heard and listend to Celia Cruz for years. I now understand why this is, thanks to this movie's explanation on the record label situation with Celia. I am so happy now that I have experienced this film. I am now a huge fan and would love to learn more about La Lupe and her life. This film was fantastic and when La Lupe sang she gave me chills and at times I was almost brought to tears. When she sang she sang from her soul and she could feel the music. This is a trait that I feel is lacking in 99% of musicians on television today. I love that La Lupe was herself and refused to conform. Thank you for making this film.

6/14/07
Mar-Garet
Point Marion, WV

This was the first time I ever heard of La Lupe! What a revelation! She was a true Artist, on the cutting edge of the night. I light a candle for her. She is the Ancestress of many. I think that many people (especially in USA) did not understand her. As more people learn about Santeria, perhaps more will come to understand. I think that Lupe needed support and community, as many Divas do. When she did not get it, she went downhill. When she converted to Pentacostal Christianity, she received the support and community she needed for her healing. May her soul always be free!!! Viva La Lupe!!!

6/14/07
Teisa
Maple Heights, Ohio

I must say that I really enjoyed the piece on La Lupe. Until I watched the special Saturday evening, I had no knowledge of La Lupe (no offense). I found her to be a very strong, energetic, admirable woman. Although, I am of African-American decent I really felt of sense of respect for her and all that she endured during her lifetime. I respect the fact that she continued to do her own thing no matter what trials and tribulations she endured because of it. Watching that documentary made me want to learn more about her and the music.

6/14/07
suni
colorado springs, co

WOW! I found a new fav singer..This was an amazing lady.,love her energy.Thanks for showing this show.Is the dvd going to be for sale any time soon..

6/12/07
Eloy Guzman
Philadelphia

I was around 11 years old, in Cuba waiting to see La Lupe,my idol, on TV-musical-show in a late program.At that time newspapers, magazines,radio and TV, were busy with La Lupe," as a main course".
That night I remember the song she sang:"Quiere Siempre".She wore a dress made of soft fabric and hight hills.Her interpretation was incrementum until she trow away her shoes , pull off her hairdo and hit ferociously the pianist in his back for seconds.Her histery went to a climax until she trew herself against a wall. My cousin turn off the TV and asked me to imitate La Lupe. At that age, "I was the clown in my family".
I sang the song and did exactly what she did that night.After all of those years. I visited my family in Cuba recently and my cousin now in his 70's, said to me with a soft voice" I knew that you were different(gay) since that night that you imitated La Lupe in 1961, you were so young but...I'll never forget La Lupe and you act.
I didn't hear about La lupe for twenty years.Later I moved to New York and went to college there.I graduated and started teaching in a public school in the city.
The day she died in 1992 I was going to school when I heard the news.After class I went to the funeral home in the Bronx where her body was lying in a coffin.I saw hundred of people waiting in line outside the building,trying to see her for the last time.
I couldn't go inside,so I talk with somebody I knew, excuse myself and left.
Isn't life a puzzle?...

6/11/07
wendy
brooklyn

I am sorry I missed the show. Hope to catch it soon. My thoughts on la lupe, she was awesome! As a little girl, I felt I knew her. My mom played her albums every weekend while she cleaned the house. It was a ritual. We all loved her. My mom adored her and swore she was la lupe especially when she wore her scarf, big earrings and lots of jewelry and sang her songs to the top of her lungs. I recall as a little girl going with my mom to the Coliseum on 59th St. to see her and being practically trampled when she threw her albums to the crowd.

6/11/07
German Garcia
Miami, Florida

I play the bass professionally in miami, and for the last 30 years have had the honor of playing along my good friend Homero Balboa, La Lupe's original pianist.
I feel fortunate to have been able to listen to his many stories of his relationship with her during her initial years ofn her career, I also had the pleasure of meeting her and her son, who at the time was in his early teens around the late 70's.
She was one of a kind, and along with the great Tito Pente became an icon of our rich culture, may God Bless Them Both.

6/11/07
Norma Cordero
Bronx, NY

Thank you so much for bringing it on. Finally, LA LUPE IS FREE AT LAST.
What I mean is all those speculations of her being on drugs, using cocaine or even heroine, etc.. when in fact she was in alot of PAIN that no one even knew. How sad was that.
I never had the chance to meet her or see her perform -boy I wish I did. As for her performances I think she was just PHENOMENON! She was a survivor. Her music will always live on in our hearts.
I really loved what Ela Troyano brought to us as viewers of PBS to educate us, the public of what a sensational woman she was and how she never quit.
If any one was to make this into a movie your best pick is Lauren Velez. I couldn't see any other woman play/do this role.
Thanks, again for this sensational film.

6/11/07
James Cavalluzzo
Victoria, British Columbia

Wow! A great film and an amazing woman! How can I get a hold of this film on DVD?


6/6/07
Stephanie Gonzalez
San Antonio, Texas

I'm 60 yrs. young and a transplanted Nuyorican. I danced my heart out to the "real Salsa", back in the day in NYC. There never was NOR will there ever be another "Yi Yi Yi." She was the true epitome of a Salsera. Unfortunately, like another beautiful woman of color, Billie Holiday, life got to them. May they be singing their hearts out for the Good Lord in heaven now. God bless them both.

6/6/07
Holly Torres
Miami, Florida

Well I'm 23 yrs. old I come from a Cuban Immigrant family. Yesterday 6-5-07 I sat down and watched the documentary on La Lupe and I was blown away and very intrigued because My grandmother & mom (my dad & rest of my family)( my mom was 13yrs. old) left Cuba around the same time La Lupe left Cuba ( you know when Castro came in power)and they also like many cubans;went to Union City,New Jersey. So even though I wasn't born yet I kinda felt like I was warped back in time and see what my grandmother was doing & experiencing back in the day in Cuba And Union city ( she would tell me that she would go partying & bar/ club hopping like crazy in Cuba & Union city; that it was a hot popping time( Cuba was like a jazzy south beach back in the day)(plus she loves the jazz even today) And it gives me some insight on what my mom was getting raised around, what Era she was soaking up...All in all I really loved the film it made me feel proud of who I am and where my roots are from..(And I can say for a fact that her music has no age I loved her music & her sound it blew me away).It educated me on cuban history and definitly makes me proud to be A Strong Cuban Woman... Que Viva Cuba!!!

6/6/07
Pamela Wilson
Charlotte, NC

As an Afro-American teen raised in the Bronx, NY, I was introduced to latin music by my hispanic friends. When I heard La Lupe I found her amazing, haunting, I loved her sound. I listened to her songs over and over until I could sing each song. I also was envolved in Santeria and later got saved and became a pentecostal. I am extremely overjoyed to know that La Lupe found the Lord at the end of her life.

6/6/07
Zorceci
San Antonio, Texas

I could not believe I was watching "La Lupe" finally on a TV documentary. I was glad, that after so long someone had given "La Lupe" the recongnition she deserved. I was hoping for more Bio on "La Lupe", but this was more than anyone had ever done. She was amazing, one of a kind.
Solo una en la vida como "La Lupe", se merece mucho mas, pero mil gracias a Ela Troyano por darle ese lugar que se merece y Ela se merece un premio por esta produccion. Ahora quiero una copia de este QUEEN OF LATIN SOUL.
In Puerto Rico Sully Diaz (model & actress) played La Lupe and went all the way to Broadway, but my husband said that Sully did not do La Lupe Justice... No way. I think La Lupe was so full of life and her spiritual energy filled our hearts with great music. I heard La Lupe for the first in PR on the radio and I became a fan.
Later my mother in law told me her sister did a great imitation of La Lupe and believe it or not she did and she still likes to sing like La Lupe. I would like to see more on La Lupe.

***Mil Gracias por esta gran historia***

6/6/07
Iris M. Gross

Thank you for showing "La Lupe". I can understand why she might have been considered "frightening", it was hard for me to watch her myself even now! As far as an artist that belongs to my generation, I was a pre-teenager in the early 70s when I discovered Elton John and The Jackson Five, so I definitely have a connection with those two artists that I feel today's teenagers wouldn't get. As to the limitations involved, when the Republicans and other conservatives control the media, being a gender-bending performer presents the obvious problems, don't they?! Thanks again for an interesting show.

6/6/07
Carlos Leon
Flushing, New York

You know, "Independent Lense" will present this new profile of La Lupe tonight. I have not yet watched it but will tell you this:
Leave it to PBS Channel 13 to continue to respect, acknowlege and profile the major contributions of the American Latin people! No other American broadcast station, to my knowledge, has the forsite to pull in, present and enlighten the masses on the heart,soul,spirit and history/herstory of our blessed pioneers in so many areas. From "Mi Puerto Rico" to the profile on Cuba, I as a Native New Yorker, have learned a great deal about our struggles and triumphs. Oh how our children need to see their own images presented properly and respectfully so they can pick up the torch and continue our legacy. I will renew my membership as a great big THANK YOU to you. Only now and ONLY 13.

6/5/07
Will Alvarez Jr.
NY

I remember being about 7yrs old and asking my father Will Sr. Whom that lady was on the covers of T.Puente albums. Then he played her boleros while I glued myself to our sofa, I was blown away but did not know it. Seeing her her live with Tito just once was inexplicable. I can only say energy, passion, and flamboyance to say the least. I have to date never seen any performer like her. Liberace and his flamboyance couldnt hold a FLAME to her. Female performers today do not have what La Lupe and Celia Cruz had in terms of the character, There own self created sexiness and talent that can captivate and silence a crowd at a venue like Madison Square Garden. We are privileged to have witnessed performances or in the least enjoyed her records.

6/4/07
Bobby Bodden
Whitestone, N.Y.

One night having been a salsa musician for 20 yrs.,I was playing in a Club in the Bronx called side street(circa 84-85) doing a tribute to another well known salsero- Jimmy Sabater. I believe she was also receiving an award. Having seen her as a teen, she exuded energy. If you were tired she would wake you up! No one was quite like her. This night she came on stage exuding that same energy. I was privileged to have LA LUPE almost knock over my keyboard. She still possessed that energy!!! LAUREN VELEZ SHOULD BE CHOSEN TO PLAY HER!

5/25/07
Nilsa
New York City, N.Y

I grew up listening to La Lupe, and I saw her when I was very young. I recall being frightened of her presense, and her insanity. The loud colors, the moaning, the electricity on the stage. Nevertheless I became a fan, and followed her career. Her fall from popularity was a very sad thing to see. But, fans can be fickle, once the novelty is over. She lost everything, and became almost a caricature of herself. Drag queens imitated her, and not very well (too exaggerated) The show "La Lupe my Destiny" was full of inaccuracies. But that is how legends are born. Everyone adds their own version. She found happiness and comfort at the end with Christanity. I truly hope that happiness will last her through eternity. I miss this lady. Thank you for the film, and bringing her back to us for a short while.

5/22/07
Edward
N.Y.C, New York

It is about time, La Lupe is given some recognition. I was a total groupie of hers, followed her around for many years. I finally met her and became her assistent for a short while. She was extreme in everything she did. Tempermental, erotic, Funny insane, and a force not to be taken lightly. Her stage presense was as someone put it "A nervous breakdown on the stage". I wish there were more on her, This lady cannot ever be forgotten, she was an explosion in our universe, and people did not know it until it was too late.

5/2/07
Miguel A. Hernandez
Brooklyn, NY


I,m a 47 year old papi that still remembers her distictive and clasical sound. She would transends all critics and doubter she was the sound of latin jazz before it bacame popular she will always be the Queen and all others are just followers and wan bees. Like the saying gose "Often imitated never duplicated".|
2/16/07
Mitchell
Wethersfield, CT

I am 43 yrs young and I recall seeing La Lupe on TV back in Puerto Rico when I was a kid, in a variety show or two, she was fire, always singing up a storm and trying to take her clothes off, (we all new why) she was crazy in a good way what a great talent. Anyhow, I love her and her songs, her sultry Raspy voice and her Energy. She was one of those singers that only come once in a lifetime. I listen to her music constantly, such as: PURO TEATRO, QUE TE PEDY, CUALQUIRA, TU VIDA ES UN ESCENARIO, DESTINO CRUEL, LA TIRANA Y SE ACABO which is half English/Spanish. you can see clips of La Lupe on www.youtube.com go and check them out you'll love seeing her in all her glory as much as I do.
2/13/07
Louis Oreamuno
Jackson Heights, NY

When I was in my teens I got to know her personally in several clubs in Washington Heights. All I can say about her was she was SHEER SOUL & ALMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May she always rest in peace!!!
1/04/07
Jonathan

When I really started to get into La Lupe it was about two years ago. I am 14 now and I think she is one of the best singers in Latin music. I am so happy they are finally doing a bio on her. And yes they should do a movie on her.
1/2/07
Jennifer
Bronx, NY

I am so thankful that this is going to be done. I am 29, and my mother always talks about La Lupe as the Real Queen of Salsa. I really learned of her music though when I saw Anais of Objetivo Fama sing her hit "Que Te Pedi". I was amazed, and my mother said that Anais reminds her so much of her. So I said, dam, then she was indeed the queen of latin soul. Thanks for keeping he memory alive, for recognizing latin music, and for reminding people of La Lupe's legacy.
P.S..someone needs to do a movie about La Lupe and ANAIS MArtinez should play her.
12/19/06
Mario
Bethesda, Maryland

I AM VERY GLAD TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE OUT THERE IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT LA LUPE IN 2007. I HAVE A MYSPACE OF LA LUPE (WWW.MYSPACE.COM/LUPEVICTORIAYOLI) AND I'M DOING MY BEST TO GET PEOPLE OF TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND TO REMEMEBER WHO THIS WOMAN WAS ALL ABOUT. I WILL BE WAITING ANXIOUSLY FOR THE TV TRANSMISSION. MANY THANKS TO THE PERSON(S) WHO HAD THE AMBITION TO GIVE LA LUPE ANOTHER SECOND CHANCE TO SHOW SHE EXSISTED AND THAT SHE MUST NOT EVER BE FORGOTTEN.
THE MUSIC WORLD DID NOT KNOW WHAT THEY HAD UNTIL THEY LOST HER.
11/17/06

I think La Lupe was won of the best singers ever and that there should be more video clips of her. So people who were not ther or not around to see her could see who she was.


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