Queen Latifah

Rapper/Singer/Actress/Author

Dana Owens was only a teenager when she claimed her crown as Queen Latifah. But since 1988, the Newark, New Jersey native has ruled over a hip hop queendom and turned herself into a bankable brand as well as a household name. She started out beatboxing for the rap group Ladies Fresh before her solo demo, the rockers-laced "Princess of the Posse," caught the attention of MTV Raps VJ Fab Five Freddy. After the release of her fearless first album, 1989’s All Hail The Queen (featured hip hop’s #1 female empowerment anthem “Ladies First”), Latifah would go on to wear countless creative hats, from hosting a talk show to producing and starring in the sitcom Living Single; to writing a Grammy-Award-winning song (“U.N.I.T.Y.") that was positive but not preachy; to garnering an Oscar nomination for her performance in the 2002 film, Chicago. Along with her longtime business partner Shakim Compere, she runs the company Flavor Unit Entertainment, and has her own line of cosmetics for women of color aptly titled the CoverGirl Queen Collection.

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Music Stars and the Academy Awards

Common, John Legend receive Oscar nod for Selma's "Glory" and others.

When the Right Wing Attacks Music Stars

Conservatives have been calling out musicians for years.

Hip Hop Stars on Sesame Street

Rap artists who rocked out with Elmo, Big Bird and crew.

Queen Latifah Pays Laid-Off Talk Show Staff Out of Pocket

Media mogul also pens inspiring letter to employees.

Queen Latifah Opens Up to Closer Magazine About Motherhood Dreams

"Hopefully one day it will be my blessing," she says.

The Queen Latifah Show Gets Canceled

The mogul's chat fest ends after two seasons.
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