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Queen Latifah

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Owens on March 18th, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr. 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 beat box 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 'D.J. Mark the 45 King'. Her debut single, "Wrath of My Madness," was released in 1988. A year later, her debut long-player, "All Hail the Queen," enjoyed favored reviews: an old, wise head was evident on the top of her young shoulders. The former Burger King employee maintained her early commitment to answer the misogynist armory of some of her male counterparts and, at the same time, imparted musical good times to all genders. Her name means "delicate and sensitive" in Arabic, but she has often been anything but in her rhymes and the messages she sends out through them. One of the most prominent female hip-hop artists on the scene for over a decade, Queen Latifah has also made tremendous inroads in movies, television, and artist management, with her management company, Flavor Unit, alongside her business partner Shakim Compere. A role model who takes the responsibility to heart, Latifah carefully constructed a fine career for herself--one that is constantly moving upward.

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Mar 18, 1970 In Newark, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series ABC Afterschool Specials 1972-10-04
Latest Project:
Series Lip Sync Battle 2015-04-02

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 74 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Poster of Hot in Cleveland
Poster of 30 Rock
Poster of Entourage
Lip Sync Battle Unknown 2015-04-02
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
The Queen Latifah Show Herself - Hostess / ... 2013
The Next Unknown 2012-08-16
Let's Stay Together Unknown 2011-01-11
Single Ladies Unknown 2011-05-30
Hot in Cleveland Unknown 2010-06-16
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices Herself - Narrator 2009-04-05
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
America's Got Talent Unknown 2006-06-21
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
Kung Faux Unknown 2003
America's Next Top Model Unknown 2003-05-20
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
The Fairly OddParents Unknown 2001-03-30
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Spin City Unknown 1996-09-17
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
The Critic Unknown 1994-01-26
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
Bill Nye, the Science Guy Unknown 1993-09-10
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
In Living Color Unknown 1990-04-15
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown 1990-09-10
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04