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Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

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Famous as :

Rapper, actress

Birth Name :

Dana Elaine Owens

Birth Date :

March 18, 1970

Birth Place :

Newark, New Jersey, USA

Claim to fame :

Album "All Hail the Queen" (1989)

Biography


The American Grammy Award-winning rap artist and actress Dana Elaine Owens, better known as Queen Latifah, which in Arabic means delicate and sensitive was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 18, 1970. She was born to a police father who divorced with her housewife mother when she was eight years old. Grown up in a police family whose father and brother were cops had more or less influenced her life style and philosophy of life that made her became a tough person.

Latifah got her very first job as a Burger King employee for a period of time before she did succeed in singing the number "Home" from "The Wiz" in a school musical performance, which soon followed by her working as a human beatbox alongside Ladies Fresh. Her first career, indeed, began in 1989 when local DJ Mark the 45 King heard a demo version of her single "Princess of the Posse" and gave the demo to Fab Five Freddy, known as the host of Yo! MTV Raps and Fab 5. Freddy was the person behind Latifah success who helped her to get a contract sign with Tommy Boy Records, which in 1989 or when Latifah was 18, released her first album called "All Hail the Queen." This first album was critically acclaimed as one of the best hip hop albums of all time and was followed by the success of Latifah's another well received album called "Nature of a Sista." As an appreciation of her contribution in music, Latifah has been ranked #72 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

Latest News


Jerry O'Connell Develops New Daytime Talk Show, May Replace Queen Latifah

August 20, 2014 04:30:38 GMT

could be the next star who has his own talk show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former "Sliders" actor is currently developing a new daytime talk show produced by CBS.
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Video: Queen Latifah Sings 'America the Beautiful' at Super Bowl

February 03, 2014 02:15:36 GMT

returned to her hometown of New Jersey to kick off the pre-game show at Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 2 with a beautiful rendition of "America the Beautiful". Braving the cold weather in a blue snorkel coat and a white turtle neck, the singer/actress belted out the patriotic song while being backed by New Jersey Youth Chorus.
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Queen Latifah to Perform 'America the Beautiful' at Super Bowl

January 28, 2014 03:02:40 GMT

will make an appearance at the stage of the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII. The host of "The Queen Latifah Show" is slated to sing "America the Beautiful" during the pre-game show on Sunday, February 2.
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Video: Queen Latifah Officiates 34 Couples' Weddings at Grammy Awards

January 27, 2014 07:20:06 GMT

Love was in the air at the recently concluded Grammy Awards as 34 couples got married during the ceremony. The mass wedding took place toward the end of the event on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where some of the biggest music stars gathered for the annual celebration.
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Queen Latifah on New Talk Show: I'm Not Shying Away From Anything

September 16, 2013 02:24:46 GMT

is gearing up to host her new talk show more than ten years after her first talk show ended its run in 2001. "The Queen Latifah Show", produced by and , will be "an entertaining and eclectic mix of interviews with real people as well as celebrities - people who are fun and fascinating," so the singer/actress says in a released statement.
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Queen Latifah 'Working on' Adopting a Baby

July 12, 2012 03:16:38 GMT

wants to follow the footsteps of and to adopt a baby. The 42-year-old actress revealed her adoption plan when appearing on "" recently, saying, "I'm actually kind of working on that."
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Queen Latifah Denies Coming Out as Lesbian at Gay Pride

June 02, 2012 18:15:19 GMT

was not trying to make a statement at the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride event last week. The "" actress said attending as Grand Marshall at the festival does not mean she came out as a lesbian.
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'The Finder' 1.02 Preview: Sweets Questions Walter's Sanity

January 13, 2012 07:20:33 GMT

A Jeffersonian team member is sent to "" in next episode of the "" spin-off. Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) crosses path with Walter as he evaluates Walter's competency to consult on federal cases, but he seems dubious about the Iraq veteran's sanity.
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Video: Dolly Parton Does Impromptu Rap Over Queen Latifah's Beatboxing

January 13, 2012 07:13:28 GMT

showed off her rap skills when appearing on "Today" show recently. The country music singer delivered the impromptu rap to show off her chemistry with her "" co-star, , after host gushed that hip-hop and country had "an intersection" in the two of them.
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Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah Stunning at 'Joyful Noise' Hollywood Premiere

January 10, 2012 09:12:28 GMT

Two veteran divas, and , stole the spotlight at the Hollywood premiere of their comedy film "". The country singer and the soul artist became the center of attention upon their arrival on the black carpet that was rolled out outside the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles Monday night, January 9.
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New 'Joyful Noise' Clip: Queen Latifah Refuses to Take In Rival's Grandson

December 26, 2011 07:47:29 GMT

A new clip for "" has been released by Warner Bros. Pictures. The snippet presents the scene in which Jeremy Jordan's Randy Garrity comes to 's Vi Rose Hill and tells her he wants to join her choir group, but Vi is quick to say no and sticks to her decision although her team try to convince her to decide otherwise.
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Queen Latifah Refuses to Be Called the Next Oprah Winfrey

December 09, 2011 03:21:01 GMT

is telling people she's no . The rapper-turned-actress is prepping for her return to daytime television, and people have been buzzing that she will fill the void left by the former queen of daytime. She, however, refused the comparison in an interview with Essence Magazine.
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Queen Latifah to Launch New Daytime Talk Show in 2013

November 01, 2011 07:04:26 GMT

is set to return to grace people during daytime. The singer/actress has teamed up with Overbrook Entertainment, which is partly run by Will and , and Flavor Unit Entertainment to produce a new daytime syndicated talk show for 2013 with her being on-board to serve as the host.
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Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton Make Reluctant Duet in 'Joyful Noise' First Trailer

September 24, 2011 04:30:00 GMT

Two A-list songstresses, and , are joining forces to create a winning Gospel Choir in the first trailer for musical comedy "". Making its way out via Apple, the video presents the soul diva and the country singer playing Vi Rose Hill and G.G. Sparrow who are feuding with each other before they are forced to team up for a music project.
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2011 BET Awards: Clarence Clemons, Nate Dogg and M-Bone Remembered

June 27, 2011 07:07:17 GMT

Beside handing awards, BET also took a moment to pay homage to Clarence Clemons, Nate Dogg, M-Bone, Gil-Scott Heron and Teena Marie at its awards show on June 26. Celebrities were tapped to reflect and honor the lives of those late musicians as well as to remember their contribution to the music as well as black entertainment.
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'On the Floor' Video: Jennifer Lopez Is the Dance Queen

March 04, 2011 04:26:23 GMT

runs "On the Floor" party in her new music video debuted on the March 3 episode of "". The judge of the singing competition breaks a sweat with and a lot of other partygoers in a theater-sized dance club. "The abs are looking good," host commented afterwards.
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Pics: Penelope Cruz, Olivia Wilde and More Channel Disney's Characters

March 04, 2011 04:10:51 GMT

, , , and have channeled Disney's characters in new photos shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Released on Thursday, March 3, one of the photos shows Cruz and Bridges posing as the darling Belle and her transformed prince from "Beauty and the Beast".
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2011 NAACP Image Awards Nominees in Movie

January 13, 2011 02:52:12 GMT

The upcoming 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards are all about . The nominations for the upcoming prize-giving show have been announced on January 12, and it was revealed that two of Perry's movies score 11 nominations in total.
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Zoe Saldana's Dark Comedy 'Burning Palms' Debuts Trailer

January 06, 2011 06:53:07 GMT

In less than two weeks, New Films Cinema is going to drop "" in selected U.S. theaters. Before that, the studio has shared a trailer for the film via Trailer Park Movies. It offers quick glimpses to several scenes involving different characters who appear to be unrelated to each other.
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Selena Gomez and Queen Latifah's Performances at People's Choice Awards

January 06, 2011 06:41:44 GMT

catered star-studded audience of the 37th annual People's Choice Awards with a live performance of "A Year Without Rain". She performed with her band The Scene and received a surprise at the end of her set as she was presented with a Favorite Breakout Artist title.
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Queen Latifah's 'Single Ladies' Turning TV Series on VH1

October 20, 2010 03:47:55 GMT

's upcoming "Single Ladies" film is heading to the small screen - the movie has been expanded into a weekly U.S. television series. Latifah took inspiration from for the film, about a group of girlfriends who are unlucky in love, naming it after the singer's hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)".
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Danny Trejo's Killer and Charmer Sides Highlighted in New 'Machete' Clips

August 21, 2010 07:19:05 GMT

More sneak peeks to "" are given away before the film opens wide in U.S. theaters on September 3. Both videos have 's Machete as the highlighted character, with one of them showing him snap-shooting 's McLaughlin. The renegade, in the meantime, is featured seducing 's Luz in the other clip.
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Video Premiere: KT Tunstall's 'Fade Like a Shadow'

August 21, 2010 06:52:35 GMT

's new single "Fade Like a Shadow" got a music video treatment and it has been premiered for fans' viewing pleasure. The single is taken from her upcoming studio installment "" which is set for September 28 U.S. release.
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Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton Hired to Make 'Joyful Noise'

August 21, 2010 06:52:27 GMT

More than a decade after "Sister Act" which rose 's name was released by Touchstone Pictures, another gospel-choir-themed movie is going to be brought forward by Warners-based Alcon Entertainment. The studio has announced on Friday, August 19 that they are pitching a movie titled "" which will have and as the lead actresses.
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Queen Latifah Talks Controversy Surrounding New Jersey Reality Shows

July 12, 2010 03:08:12 GMT

is proud of the controversial reality shows filmed in her native New Jersey, branding the program's stars kind and "neighborly". Her beloved Garden State has hit the headlines in recent months for producing series including "" and MTV's "", which has featured violence and heavy drinking.
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First Trailer for Queen Latifah's 'Just Wright' Arrives

March 10, 2010 07:45:57 GMT

A look at romantic comedy "" has been shared through the first trailer for the film. Making its way out via Yahoo! Movie, the snippet sees as a physical therapist named Leslie Wright who is hired to help basketball player to recover from a career-threatening injury.
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Queen Latifah Fired After Toilet Tantrum

March 08, 2010 06:12:08 GMT

was fired from the New Jersey Burger King where she worked as her career took off after losing her temper during a toilet tantrum. The rapper-turned actress and singer lost her cool in front of the assistant manager after a night spent cleaning out the fast food diner's restrooms.
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Queen Latifah Refuses to-Be-Dead Character in Movie Contract

March 06, 2010 07:49:37 GMT

has a no-death clause in her movie contract, which prevents directors from killing her characters off. The rapper-turned-actress admits she insisted on the addition to her filming paperwork after characters she played lost their lives in "Set It Off" and "Sphere".
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Video: Carrie Underwood Performing National Anthem on Super Bowl XLIV

February 08, 2010 02:34:35 GMT

took the stage of the Miami's Sun Life Stadium over the weekend, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" live in front of the spectators of Super Bowl XLIV. Performing before the game between the Colts and Saints, she sported white outfit. At the end of her set, fireworks were shot in the air.
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Trina's 'That's My Attitude' Music Video Arrives

January 07, 2010 08:05:50 GMT

is showing off her curve in a sexy leotard for a music video supporting her single "That's My Attitude". In addition, the female rapper is also showing her masculine side, sporting a leather jacket and getting on a bike.
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