Queen Latifah
American musician
Queen Latifah
Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, rapper, model, and actress. Her work in music, film and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination.
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What You Don't Know About Heart Failure Matters This Week
Huffington Post - 17 days
Knowledge is power. We've all heard it. We all know it; but, do we really understand the impact a little knowledge can have on our lives? As heart health advocates and experts around the country kick off National Heart Failure Awareness Week, I am reminded of the importance of bringing attention to the disease that affects 6.5 million Americans, including my Mom. Heart failure, which occurs when the heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump enough blood to meet the body's needs for blood and oxygen, is a debilitating and life-threatening condition. American Heart Association In November, I shared with you here my very personal story about my Mom's journey with heart failure, or "HF," and how we are taking steps to better manage her condition. I look back on our journey and I am so proud of her - of us - and how much we've learned so that we can not only improve her quality of life, but so we can make a difference in the lives of others. One of the biggest game changers for us ...
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In the FoxLight: Behind the scenes of 'Star'
Fox News - about 1 month
Tammero sits down with Queen Latifah
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Queen Latifah says 'Star' imitates life
Fox News - about 2 months
Plenty of drama to explore
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Dear 2016, I'd like a Refund
Huffington Post - about 2 months
What can be said about 2016? It was a year that began with the death of Ziggy Stardust and ended with the keys of the free world being handed over to a bright orange pus-spewing reality TV star. According to Chinese astrology 2016 was the year of the monkey. A cynic would tell you that 2016 was a comic existential farce. An optimist would try and comfort you by saying that at least 2016 wasn't the uneventful mediocrity that 2015 was. And if you asked a layman they would tell you that 2016 was the Year of the Suck It was the year that David Bowie, Prince, Lemmy Kilmister, Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard and Sharon Jones left us and Justin Bieber came back. It was a year where nobody was safe. Not Carol Brady, Radio Raheem or Willie Wonka. Not Harper Lee or Grizzly Adams. Not Muhammad Ali or Abe Vigoda. In 2016 the grim reaper ran as rampant as Jason Voorhees at a secluded summer camp ripe with oversexed teenagers. The Summer Olympics tried to tow us out of this big muddy o ...
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Lee Daniels Made 'Star' For 'White People To Feel Good About Being White'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Lee Daniels believes casting a white woman as the main character in his new series, “Star,” is going to help ease the racial tensions in America.  In an interview with EBONY published Wednesday, Lee said he wants to “explore race in a way that we haven’t seen it before on a network series” with the new Fox show. To achieve that, Daniels cast actress Jude Demorest to play the titular character, Star, a young woman who embarks upon a music career after a tough life in foster care. The series also stars Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, and Naomi Campbell.  “We are in a very dangerous state right now in our country and I wanted white people to feel good about being white because right now, there’s a lot of hatred going on,” Daniels told EBONY. The director and “Empire” creator said that he believes the show will will open up frank conversation about race. “I think we’ve gotten too politically correct with primetime,” Daniels added. “We’re just not in your face anymore. You can g ...
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Lee Daniels and Queen Latifah talk about real-life dreams, TV fantasies and their new Fox musical drama 'Star'
LATimes - 3 months
In Lee Daniels’ newest TV musical drama, “Star,” Queen Latifah plays Carlotta, a beauty salon owner in Atlanta who is a fairy music godmother of sorts to an up-and-coming all-girl trio. “I’m telling you now, there’s going to be GIFs of Carlotta making the rounds once the show airs,” says Queen...
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Keke Palmer On Self-Expression, Acting And Her Musical Comeback
Huffington Post - 3 months
Nearly 10 years after the release of her debut album, Keke Palmer is back with the release of her new 5-track visual album, “Lauren.” Titled after her birth name, Lauren Keyana Palmer, the “Akeelah and the Bee” actress gives the audience insight into her career as Keke Palmer, and addresses the obstacles and vulnerabilities that often come with being an entertainer. In September 2007, Palmer released her debut album, “So Uncool,” which failed to make an impact on the top of music charts. The flop, as it were, led Palmer to pursue acting full-time, resulting in a string of starring roles on TV series such as  “True Jackson, VP” and “Scream Queens,” among others. In retrospect, the singer-actress says her doubt about pursuing music was a result of label executives’ reluctance to view her as an artist. “They wouldn’t let me tell my story. And it’s not personal, it’s a very corporate business,” she told The Huffington Post. “It’s the corporate versus the creative. When you do ...
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Down syndrome 'Be Beautiful' fashion show raises $2.1 million
Yahoo News - 4 months
(Reuters) - Movie stars Jamie Foxx, Hilary Swank and Queen Latifah were among celebrities sharing the catwalk with models with Down syndrome for a fundraiser that brought in $2.1 million for research and medical care. Foxx, whose sister DeOndra Dixon has Down syndrome, said the aim of the "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" fashion show in Denver, Colorado on Saturday was to "raise more money, raise awareness so we can attack this situation and bring eyes to it." Organizers said the event is the single largest fundraiser benefiting people with Down syndrome. It was hosted by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
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Sia's Song From 'The Hamilton Mixtape' Is A Hair-Raising Version Of 'Satisfied'
Huffington Post - 4 months
As the U.S. election results poured in Tuesday night, Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter to voice his reaction to the unexpected lead of Donald Trump. And when it became apparent that Trump would indeed become our next president-elect, the “Hamilton” creator gave his fans a small, but much-needed ray of hope: Oh, and we're DEFINITELY dropping some more Mixtape this week. That HAS to happen. Gnight! — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 9, 2016 Confirmed: two more #HamiltonMixtape tracks this week. ONE COULD NOT BE MORE TIMELY. #JustYouWait — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 9, 2016 Okay, we're dropping 2 new #HamiltonMixtape tracks tonight at or around midnight, wherever you are in the world. They are... — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 10, 2016 SATISFIED feat. @Sia, @IAMQUEENLATIFAH & @Miguel. IMMIGRANTS feat. @KNAAN @SnowThaProduct @rizmc @Residente. Can't wait. #HamiltonMixtape. — Lin- ...
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Almost Christmas
Huffington Post - 4 months
Watching this humorous film is like getting a funny Christmas card that makes you laugh uncontrollably as it warms you heart. This ode to the joy and angst people feel as their family reconvenes for the certain chaos, gluttony and joy during Christmas, is a nice way to start the holiday season. It's a very entertaining stocking stuffer. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures) The cast of the holiday film Almost Christmas. Under writer/director David E. Talbert's (First Sunday) guidance you know there will be equal parts comedy and inspirational message. Toss in producer Will Packer's (Think Like a Man) sensibility and you can pile on the silliness and bawdy humor. What's on view is a raucous comedy that feels almost TV sitcommish. It's seasoned with enough soap opera-ish drama to make you laugh at the characters, be astonished by their schemes and heartened by the way they resolve their problems. Walter Meyers (Danny Glover, The Color Purple), the successful owner of severa ...
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Princess Grace Awards Gala honors Queen Latifah, Leslie Odom Jr.
LATimes - 4 months
“Excuse me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?”A passerby had caught sight of Leslie Odom Jr. outside of Cipriani 25 on Monday night. The actor was arriving at the Princess Grace Foundation Awards Gala, where he was being honored along with Camille A. Brown with the Princess Grace Statue Award. He’s gotten...
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Princess Grace Awards Gala honors Queen Latifah, Leslie Odom Jr.
LATimes - 4 months
“Excuse me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?”A passerby had caught sight of Leslie Odom Jr. outside of Cipriani 25 on Monday night. The actor was arriving at the Princess Grace Foundation Awards Gala, where he was being honored along with Camille A. Brown with the Princess Grace Statue Award. He’s gotten...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Queen Latifah
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 44
    In 2015, Latifah received a Best Actress Emmy nomination for her lead role as Bessie Smith in Bessie, an HBO film which received a total of 12 Emmy nominations.
    More Details Hide Details Latifah's music usually contains hip-hop, jazz and gospel and has the elements of R&B, soul, and dance. She possesses a two-octave vocal range. Queen Latifah is a contralto, she has the ability to rap and sing. Her biggest musical influences are EPMD, KRS-One, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and Run–D.M.C.. She also cites Bessie Smith as one of her influences. Latifah is a celebrity spokesperson for CoverGirl cosmetics, Curvation ladies underwear, Pizza Hut and Jenny Craig. She represents her own line of cosmetics for women of color called the CoverGirl Queen Collection. Latifah has also launched a perfume line called "Queen" and "Queen of Hearts". Raised in East Orange, New Jersey, Latifah has been a resident of Colts Neck, New Jersey; Rumson, New Jersey and Beverly Hills, California.
  • 2014
    Age 43
    On January 26, 2014, Latifah officiated the weddings of 33 same-sex and opposite-sex couples during a performance of "Same Love" by Macklemore at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
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  • 2013
    Age 42
    On September 16, 2013, Latifah premiered her own syndicated daytime television show titled The Queen Latifah Show.
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  • 2011
    Age 40
    In June 2011, Latifah received an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 39
    Latifah hosted the 2010 BET Awards on June 27, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details She starred with Dolly Parton in Joyful Noise (2012).
    Latifah sang America the Beautiful at Super Bowl XLIV hosted in Miami, Florida on February 7, 2010, with Carrie Underwood.
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    She also hosted the 2010 People's Choice Awards.
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  • 2009
    Age 38
    In 2009, Latifah was a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards, presenting the segment honoring film professionals who had died during 2008 and singing "I'll Be Seeing You" during the montage.
    More Details Hide Details Latifah spoke at Michael Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    She appeared on Saturday Night Live on October 4, 2008, as moderator Gwen Ifill in a comedic sketch depicting the vice-presidential debate between then-Senator Joe Biden and then-Governor Sarah Palin.
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    In 2008, Latifah appeared in the crime comedy Mad Money opposite Academy Award-winner Diane Keaton as well as Katie Holmes and Ted Danson.
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  • 2007
    Age 36
    Latifah produced the 2007 film The Perfect Holiday.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to producing the film, Latifah starred alongside Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Charles Q. Murphy, Jill Marie Jones, and Faizon Love.
    Also in 2007, she portrayed an HIV-positive woman in the film Life Support, a role for which she garnered her first Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination.
    More Details Hide Details For her work, Queen Latifah received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on January 4, 2006, located at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
    The summer of 2007 brought Latifah triple success in the big-screen version of the Broadway smash hit Hairspray, in which she acted, sang, and danced.
    More Details Hide Details The film rated highly with critics. It starred, among others, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Allison Janney, James Marsden, Christopher Walken, and Zac Efron.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    Also in 2006, Latifah voiced Ellie, a friendly mammoth, in the animated film, Ice Age: The Meltdown (her first voice appearance in an animated film), and appeared in the drama Stranger Than Fiction.
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    In early 2006, Latifah appeared in a romantic comedy/drama entitled Last Holiday.
    More Details Hide Details Film critic Richard Roeper stated that "this is the Queen Latifah performance I've been waiting for ever since she broke into movies".
  • 2003
    Age 32
    In 2003, she starred with Steve Martin in the film Bringing Down the House, which was a major success at the box office.
    More Details Hide Details She also recorded a song "Do Your Thing" for the soundtrack. Since then, she has had both leading and supporting roles in a multitude of films that received varied critical and box office receptions, including films such as Scary Movie 3, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Taxi, Kung Faux, Beauty Shop, and Hairspray.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 28
    She played the role of Thelma in the 1999 movie The Bone Collector, alongside Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
    More Details Hide Details Although Latifah had previously received some critical acclaim, she gained mainstream success after being cast as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago, a musical film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Latifah herself received the nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role, but lost to co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones. Latifah is one of three hip-hop/R&B artists to receive an Academy Award nomination in an acting category. The others are Will Smith (Best Actor, Ali, 2001, and The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006), and Jamie Foxx, (Best Actor, Ray, and Best Supporting Actor Collateral, both in 2004, also winning the first).
  • 1996
    Age 25
    Latifah appeared in the 1996 box-office hit, Set It Off, and had a supporting role in the Holly Hunter film Living Out Loud (1998).
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  • 1993
    Age 22
    She made a guest role as herself on Hangin' with Mr. Cooper in 1993.
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    From 1993 to 1998, Latifah had a starring role on Living Single, the FOX sitcom, which gained high ratings among black audiences; she also wrote and performed its theme music.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother Rita played her mother on-screen. She began her film career in supporting roles in the 1991 and 1992 films House Party 2, Juice and Jungle Fever. She had her own talk show, The Queen Latifah Show, from 1999 to 2001 and revamped in 2013. On January 6, 2014, The Queen Latifah Show was renewed for a second season. However, on November 21, 2014, Sony Pictures Television canceled Queen Latifah's show due to declining ratings. Production of the series closed down, taking effect on December 18, 2014, leaving new episodes that were broadcast until March 6, 2015. She also had recurring roles during the second season (1991–1992) of the NBC hit The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • 1992
    Age 21
    Latifah's older brother, Lancelot Jr., was killed in 1992 in an accident involving a motorcycle that Latifah had recently bought him.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2006 interview, it was told Latifah still wears the key to the motorcycle around her neck, visible throughout her performance in her sitcom Living Single. She also dedicated Black Reign to him. In her 1999 autobiography, Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman, Latifah discussed how her brother's death had led to a bout of depression and drug abuse, from which she later recovered. In 1995, Latifah was the victim of a carjacking, which also resulted in the shooting of her boyfriend, Sean Moon. In 1996, she was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a loaded handgun. In 2002, she was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles County. She was placed on three years' probation after being convicted. She also works out with a trainer and kickboxes. Latifah was asked by Maya Angelou, who was unable to attend, to recite a poem written by Angelou at the memorial service for Michael Jackson in July 2009.
    She received a Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, co-produced by Ro Smith, now CEO of Def Ro Inc., she released her fourth hip-hop album Order in the Court, which was released by Motown Records. Latifah was also a member of the hip-hop collective Native Tongues. After Order in the Court, Latifah shifted primarily to singing soul music and jazz standards, which she had used sparingly in her previous hip-hop-oriented records. In 2004, she released the soul/jazz standards The Dana Owens Album. On July 11, 2007, Latifah sang at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as the headlining act in a live jazz concert. Before a crowd of more than 12,400, she was backed by a 10-piece live orchestra and three backup vocalists, which was billed as the Queen Latifah Orchestra. Latifah performed new arrangements of standards including "California Dreaming", first made popular by 1960s icons the Mamas & the Papas. Later in 2007, Latifah released an album titled Trav'lin' Light. Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Joe Sample, George Duke, Christian McBride, and Stevie Wonder made guest appearances. It was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" category.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 18
    That year, she appeared as Referee on the UK label Music of Life album 1989—The Hustlers Convention (live).
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    Latifah made her mark in hip-hop by rapping about issues of black women. Her songs covered topics including domestic violence, harassment on the streets, and relationship problems. Freddy helped Latifah sign with Tommy Boy Records, which released Latifah's first album All Hail the Queen in 1989, when she was nineteen.
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    Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album All Hail the Queen the same year, featuring the hit single "Ladies First".
    More Details Hide Details Her second album, Nature of a Sista (1991), was her final album with Tommy Boy Records. Latifah starred as Khadijah James on the FOX sitcom Living Single, from 1993 to 1998. Her third album Black Reign (1993), spawned the single "U.N.I.T.Y.", which won a Grammy Award and was successful on the Billboard Hot 100. She then starred in the lead role of Set It Off (1996) and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, in 1998, with Motown Records. Latifah gained mainstream success and acclaim with her performance in the film Chicago (2002), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Latifah released her fifth album The Dana Owens Album in 2004, and has since appeared in a number of films, such as Bringing Down the House (2003), Taxi (2004), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2005), Beauty Shop (2005), Last Holiday (2006), Hairspray (2007) and Joyful Noise (2012). In 2007 and 2009, she released two more studio albums – Trav'lin' Light and Persona. She created the daytime talk show The Queen Latifah Show, which ran from late 2013 to early 2015 on CBS. Latifah received critical acclaim for her portrayal of blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie (2015), which she co-produced, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.
  • 1988
    Age 17
    The song got the attention of Tommy Boy Music employee Dante Ross, who signed Latifah and in 1988 issued her first single, "Wrath of My Madness".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Latifah was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 18, 1970, and lived primarily in East Orange, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details She is the daughter of Rita (née Bray), a teacher at Irvington High School (Latifah's alma mater) and Lancelot Owens, Sr, a police officer. Her parents divorced when Latifah was ten. Latifah was raised in the Baptist faith and attended Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey. Her stage name, Latifah (laţīfa), meaning "delicate" and "very kind" in Arabic, she found in an Arabic book of names when she was eight. Always a tall girl, the Latifah was a power forward on her high school girls basketball team. She performed the number "Home" from the musical The Wiz in a high school play. She started beat boxing for the hip-hop group Ladies Fresh and was an original member of the Flavor Unit, which, at that time, was a crew of MCs grouped around producer DJ King Gemini, who made a demo recording of Queen Latifah's rap Princess of the Posse. He gave the recording to Fab 5 Freddy, the host of Yo! MTV Raps.
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