Who is Queen Latifah?
Rapper, actor, and singer Queen Latifah is the stage name of Dana Elaine Owens. Her debut album All Hail the Queen, which included the well-known song “Ladies First,” was released on November 28, 1989. She was born in Newark, New Jersey, and in 1989 she signed a record deal with Tommy Boy Records.
Queen Latifah bio
Dana Elaine Owens was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 18, 1970, and grew up there for the majority of her life. Her parents are Rita Lamae (née Bray; passed away in 2018), a teacher at Irvington High School (Latifah’s alma mater), and Lancelot Amos Owens, a police officer. Latifah’s parents divorced when she was ten years old.
Queen Latifah education
Latifah was brought up as a Baptist. She went to a Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey. Despite attending Irvington High School, and Essex Catholic Girls’ High School in Irvington were graduates. Queen Latifah attended classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College after graduating from high school.
Queen Latifah career
In the late 1980s, Latifah began beatboxing and caught the attention of the “Yo! MTV Raps” host. Dante Ross, a worker at Tommy Boy Music, was drawn to the song. He signed Latifah, and in 1988, she released her debut single, “Wrath of My Madness.”
Latifah gained notoriety in hip-hop by talking on problems affecting black women. She wrote songs about relationship issues, street harassment, and domestic violence. In 1989, she issued her debut record, “All Hail the Queen.”
She was given the Candace Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in 1992. Following the release of two more albums, Motown Records signed her for her fourth studio album, “Order in the Court.”
Following the release of this album, Queen Latifah switched to jazz and soul music, releasing “The Dana Owens Album” in 2004. She performed live jazz in front of an audience in 2007 with a 10-piece orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
On her subsequent album, “Trav’lin’ Light,” several types of performers made cameo appearances. The album received a Grammy nomination. In 2009, she released “Persona,” a hip-hop-inspired album that peaked at #3 on the US R&B chart. The US Rap chart saw her tracks “Unity” and “Bananas (Who You Gonna Call?)” both peak at #2.
Later, “Unity” was awarded a Grammy. During her musical career, Queen Latifah has sold more than 2 million records worldwide.
Queen Latifah has had a long and successful career, and she has starred in a lot of high-profile movies and TV shows. One of her earliest appearances was as a guest star in two episodes of the second season of the popular NBC television series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
She starred in the highly rated FOX sitcom “Living Single” from 1993 until 1998. From 1991 until 2001, she served as the host of the popular “Queen Latifah Show,” then in 2013 and 2014, she gave it a makeover. After being chosen for the musical movie “Chicago,” which won the Academy Award for best picture, Latifah became well-known.
For her part, Latifah was nominated for best supporting actress, but Catherine Zeta-Jones won the award.
One of just five R&B musicians to be nominated for an Oscar in the acting category is Latifah. When she played an HIV-positive woman in the movie “Life Support,” which she appeared in, she won her first Golden Globe. She has acted in a number of films, such as “House Party 2,” “Set It Off,” “Brown Sugar,” “Bringing Down the House,” “Taxi,” “Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” “Beauty Shop,” “Hairspray,” “Valentine’s Day,” “Just Wright,” “The Dilemma,” “22 Jump Street,” “Girls Trip,” and others.
She was appointed executive producer in 2017 for the third season of the MTV slasher TV show “Scream,” which premiered in 2019.
In addition to the Grammy Award and numerous other Grammy nominations, Queen Latifah has won a Golden Globe, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an Emmy Award, and an Academy Award for her work in music, film, and television.
Queen Latifah was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 4, 2006.
Queen Latifah net worth
Queen Latifah is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show hostess who has a net worth of $70 million.
Queen Latifah husband
Queen Latifah is not married and has no husband as of December 2022. Due to her long-term connection with choreographer and former Los Angeles Lakers girl Eboni Nichols, there are, nevertheless, rumors that she is gay. Latifah reportedly once dated Monifah Carter, Jeanette Jenkins, and Kendu Isaacs, according to information made accessible to DNB Stories Africa.