An American rapper, actress, and singer, Dana Elaine Owens is better known by her stage name, Queen Latifah. She was born in Newark, New Jersey, and in 1989 she signed with Tommy Boy Records, releasing her debut album All Hail the Queen on November 28. Her breakthrough single “Ladies First” was a huge success. After 1991’s Nature of a Sista, she parted ways with Tommy Boy Records.
The Fox sitcom Living Single stars Latifah as Khadijah James from 1993 until 1998. Black Reign (1993), her third studio album, was certified gold by the RIAA, making history as the first album by a solo female rapper. It featured the hit tune “U.N.I.T.Y.,” which helped bring attention to issues of violence against women and the objectification of Black female sexuality.
Not only did this song earn a Grammy, but it also peaked in the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. After appearing in the film Set It Off (1996) as the lead, she signed with Motown Records on June 16, 1998, to release her fourth studio album, Order in the Court. She was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role as Matron “Mama” Morton in the musical film Chicago (2002), for which Latifah received widespread recognition.
It was in Newark, New Jersey, on March 18, 1970, that Dana Elaine Owens entered the world as Queen Latifah. Primarily, she spent her formative years in East Orange, New Jersey. At the age of 10, her parents divorced. Delicate and very gentle are also Arabic translations of her stage name, Latifah.
Latifah, who stands at 5 feet 10 inches, played power forward on the Irvington High School girls basketball team before continuing her education at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Queen Latifah’s Net Worth
For decades, Queen Latifah has been recognized as one of hip-earliest hop’s feminists, and she has also enjoyed a highly successful film career, amassing a net worth of $70 million in the process. She is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show hostess.
|Net Worth:||$70 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Mar 18, 1970 (52 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Profession:||Model, Actor, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Rapper, Film Producer, Voice Actor, Television presenter|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
In 1991, Queen Latifah established Flavor Unit Records and Management Company in New Jersey, where she served as CEO. That same year, she also made an appearance in the crime thriller “Juice” and quickly landed a starring role in the groundbreaking sitcom “Living Single.”
In 1996, she appeared in the comedy film “Living Out Loud,” and this year, she and Ro Smith co-produced and released her fourth hip-hop album, “Order in the Court.” Her 2004 film “Taxi” was met with mixed reviews, and since her 2015 album, “Bessie,” she has shifted her focus primarily to singing soul music and jazz standards.
Queen Latifah’s older brother died in a motorcycle accident in 1992, and she has spoken publicly about how that loss led to a period of depression and drug use. In 1995, she was the victim of a carjacking, and she was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in 1996.
In 2018, she confirmed the death of her mother from a heart condition. The media reported that Foxy Brown was the intended target of Queen Latifah’s “Name Callin” diss track, which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Set It Off.”
In 1998, Foxy Brown released a diss record over the matter, and in response, Latifah released a diss record of her own, dissing Brown about her reliance on skimpy outfits and sexuality to sell records.
Queen Latifah was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002, making history as the first female hip-hop recording artist to do so. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2011. Her albums have sold nearly 2 million copies in the United States.
Queen Latifah has received numerous honors for her cultural contributions, including a Golden Globe, a Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild Awards (out of five nominations), two NAACP Image Awards (out of thirteen nominations), a People’s Choice Award, and a Peabody Award.
In 2017, the American Black Film Festival presented her with the Entertainment Icon award, and in 2018, Rutgers University awarded her an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. In 2019, Harvard University presented her with the W.
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