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The lasting legacy of Jenni Rivera

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Jenni Rivera sings the Mexican national anthem before the Middleweight bout against Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora at Staples Center on September 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images

The singer known as La diva de la banda is dead. Jenni Rivera, a powerhouse in the Latin music scene, was killed in a plane crash in a remote area of Northern Mexico yesterday.

She was originally from Long Beach but she rose to dominate the Mexican banda scene,  a popular style of traditional ballads known for their heavy use of brass and sad, soulful lyrics. 

She's one of the only artists who's reached both Mexican and Mexican-American fans, building a bi-cultural and bilingual brand, and selling over 20 million albums during her 20-year career and becoming the first female singers to break into the male dominated Mexican music scene.

Here to talk about her career and life is USC's Josh Kun.

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