Queen Latifah on Racial Profiling: 'We Have to Look at Kids as Kids'

Queen Latifah on Racial Profiling: 'We Have to Look at Kids as Kids'

The Brotherly Love producer on police brutality.

Published April 21, 2015

Queen Latifah and Keke Palmer have joined forces again for the new film Brotherly Love. The multi-story, family-centric film explores the lives of several Philadelphia residents as they pursue their dreams and deal with harsh reality.

We sat down with Latifah, who produced the film, and Palmer, who stars, to talk about their mentor-protege relationship, the sacrifices each made to get where they are, and about a particular scene in the film — in which a Black kid is harassed by a white cop — that rings tragically true in the wake of so many instances of police brutality splashed across headlines.

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On that last topic, Latifah had a lot to share. "As a daughter of a police officer, I knew more stories of things happening in the right way rather than the wrong way," she tells us, "but you don't really hear those stories." Palmer adds that the film aims to "humanize" the young Black men so often perceived to be a threat by law enforcement and vigilantes.

The multi-talented music icon hopes the film will help put things in perspective when it comes to cops pulling guns on teenagers. "We have to see kids as kids, not as big, scary adult men," she says.

Watch our exclusive interview with Queen Latifah and Keke Palmer below, and see Brotherly Love — which also stars Cory Hardrict, Macy Gray and many others — in theaters on April 24.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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