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Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah
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Queen Latifah Biography

Hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shant), the woman behind the moniker is Dana Owens. Owens was born on March 18th, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She came from a police family--both her father and older brother were cops, which would later influence her rhyming style and life philosophy. Owens witnessed both sides of Black urban life in the USA while growing up. After a brief stint as a Burger King employee, she soon found herself making waves in the hip-hop music scene. After working as the human beatbox alongside Ladies Fresh, she was just 18 years old when she originally broke through in the late 1980s with a style that picked selectively from jazz, reggae, and soul traditions, from beats produced by DJ Mark the 45 King. Read Full Bio >>

Queen Latifah Awards

2013 Black Reel Awards Best Voice Performance Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). Nominated
2013 NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance - Drama Steel Magnolias (2012) (TV). Nominated
2013 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Steel Magnolias (2012) (TV). Nominated
2011 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Just Wright (2010). Nominated
2011 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Just Wright (2010). Nominated

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Queen Latifah Trivia

  • Queen Latifah was arrested for assaulting a photographer. [6 February 1996]
  • She was arrested for carrying a loaded pistol & marijuana. [3 February 1996]
  • She carjacked and a friend was shot. [July 1995]
  • Older brother Lance Owens, who was a police officer, died in an accident on the motorcycle Latifah bought for him as a present. She still wears the motorcycle key around her neck.
  • She is the Co-CEO of Flavor Unit Entertainment.
  • Queen had to coach her Bringing Down the House (2003) co-stars Steve Martin and Eugene Levy in hip-hop slang.
  • She is the first female rapper to be nominated for an Academy Award.
  • She was ranked #72 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
  • She was set to star in Monster's Ball (2001) alongside Robert De Niro with 'Sean Penn (I)' directing. Unfortunately, producers could not set up the film in time and it was delayed and recast. Her role went to Halle Berry, and DeNiro's to Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Queen played power forward on the Irvington Public High School girls' basketball team and led them to two New Jersey state championships.
  • She was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actress category for her performances in the films Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), The Cookout (2004), and Taxi (2004/I), however, she failed to receive a nomination.
  • She won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Solo Rap Performance for "U.N.I.T.Y."
  • Quuen Latifah  was nicknamed "Latifah" (Arabic for delicate and sensitive) by a cousin while she was in her teens.
  • DJ Tocadisco's song "Nobody (Likes The Records That I Play)" is based on a sample from the film Juice (1992) spoken by Queen Latifah.
  • She became the first hip-hop artist honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [4 January 2006]
  • She had not done any musical theatre since high school prior to her role in Chicago (2002).
  • She is of both African American and Native American descent.
  • Of all her roles to date (2008), Queen's personal favorite is Cleopatra Sims from Set It Off (1996).

Queen Latifah Photos

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    85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

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    Vibe Magazine's 20th Anniversary Inaugural Impact Awards Event Honoring Music Icon Mary J. Blige at the Sunset Towers in Hollywood February 8, 2013

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    4th Annual Variety's Power of Women Luncheon Presented by Lifetime - Arrivals

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    "Joyful Noise" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball - Arrivals

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    Affaire in the Gardens Art Show in Beverly Hills on October 16, 2011

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