Queen Latifah

Savvy icon who knew how to play the game.

Queen Latifah
Full NameDana Elaine Owens


The illustrious Queen Latifah, born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, hails from East Orange, New Jersey from a police family. With her father and older brother both cops, her life philosophy and rap style has been greatly influenced by her family. After a brief stint as a Burger King employee, she broke into the hip-hop music scene at the age of 18, where she made waves with her unique style of jazz, reggae and soul beats, produced by D.J. Mark the 45 King. Her debut single, "Wrath of My Madness" was a minor hit, and her 1989 album, All Hail the Queen and her second album, Nature of a Sista, in 1991 were both highly acclaimed and successful. Queen Latifah is truly a hip-hop pioneer, revered for her talent and her unique sound.

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Nope! From the fields of the countryside, Queen Latifah rose to become a beacon of hope, a shining star in a world of darkness. With nothing but their wits and a steadfast spirit, they defied the odds and achieved greatness, a true inspiration to us all.

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  • Primetime Emmy2015
    BessieOutstanding Television Movie


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