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The Life of Queen Latifah

"It was always important for me to be able to make my own decisions — to be my own boss." This is the brilliant career of Queen Latifah.

She’s widely known as the “First Lady of Hip-Hop.”

She’s an advocate for black women in music and film. Her name is Dana Elaine Owens or better known to the world ass the great Queen Latifah. She was born in 1970, in New Jersey. Her mother was a teacher and her father a police officer.

As a teenager, her first job was at Burger King. “Latifah,” her stage name, comes from the Arabic word for “nice.” In 1989, she released her first solo album: All Hail the Queen in which she fiercely attacked the male chauvinism within the hip-hop industry. In 1990, she founded a production company. At 21, made her acting debut in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever then landed a lead role on the hit series Living Single. Since then, she’s been fighting for the representation of black women on screen. In 1992, after the death of her brother, she and her mother created a foundation to provide scholarships for struggling youth. At 24, she won a Grammy Award for her song “U.N.I.T.Y.,” which denounces street harassment and domestic abuse. The following year, she and her boyfriend were the victims of a carjacking. He was killed in the incident. At 32 she became the first female hip-hop artist to be nominated for an Oscar for her role in Chicago. Then at 36, she became the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At 43, Latifah was chosen to sing “America the Beautiful” during the Super Bowl pregame festivities.

At 47, she starred in the movie Girls Trip, a box office smash, whose 4 leads are all black women. In April 2019, she created The Queen Collective program to help women of color produce and direct movies. At 48, she announced a $14 million investment in developing affordable housing in her hometown of Newark, NJ. A year later, she was awarded the W.E.B. Dubois Medal by Harvard University for her contribution to black history and culture.

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11/15/2019 11:19 AM
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  • Carolyn S.
    5 days

    from the time you came out and I met you with your mother and god bless your brother .YOU have always had GOD ON YOUR SIDE

  • Hasanna C.
    11/30/2019 18:58

    All hail the QUEEN👑

  • Atys S.
    11/26/2019 16:24

    *Bonjou komanw leve maten an* *Men SonG'w la atis ou voye nan final laa * *batay laa pko fini koz fòk ou fem chanpyon* Men kijan wap ka vote pou mwen *wap antre sou link saa ou we yo wap *just like epi komantel* epim chanpyon uii ann patejel lew finn fesa *instagram* https://www.instagram.com/p/B5S7b96pdI_/?igshid=shzrw3urswmo *facebook* https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=824548317979816&id=684365208664795 Ann patejel plz Mwen konte sou nou❤❤👊🏻👊🏻

  • Kellyn J.
    11/26/2019 15:25

    Great

  • Anne L.
    11/26/2019 15:12

    I love this Queen... she's a phenomenal woman with a golden ❤️

  • Colin M.
    11/26/2019 15:10

    Queen Where?Kmt!

  • Victoria U.
    11/26/2019 14:10

    I love you my lady

  • Fatim N.
    11/26/2019 13:57

    😘😘😘😘😘

  • Roger T.
    11/26/2019 13:34

    They're our mothers sisters wives and daughters lets love them 💖💖💖

  • Anna A.
    11/26/2019 13:20

    Love you dear

  • خادمة ز.
    11/26/2019 12:42

    ممثله قديره وجاده تستحق الاحترام

  • حمودي ا.
    11/26/2019 11:54

    support the civil activist Omar Gate'a who was kidnapped by the government and it's militias. ‏⁧‫‬⁩ ‏⁧‫

  • Ann N.
    11/26/2019 11:51

    LOVE U LATIFA

  • Royel M.
    11/26/2019 10:46

    Great u r a leader sky is

  • Nnanke E.
    11/26/2019 09:53

    Beautiful woman

  • Joseph D.
    11/26/2019 09:49

    I love you qeen

  • Providence S.
    11/26/2019 08:59

    🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 https://youtu.be/681gxuY6mQQ

  • Amadu K.
    11/26/2019 07:30

    The most beautiful and Delightful

  • Elvira A.
    11/26/2019 05:41

    Queen Latif 👌

  • Pau F.
    11/26/2019 05:11

    Love is the only answer Let us lift each other Beautiful motivating women colorful and elegantly Beautiful Cheers sis🥂