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Queen Latifah

Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, actress and singer. Queen Latifah's work in music, film and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination. Queen Latifah was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Rita, a schoolteacher who worked at Irvington High School, and Lancelot Owens, Sr., a police officer. Her parents divorced when Latifah was ten. Latifah was raised in the Baptist church and she attended Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey. Her stage name, Latifah, meaning "delicate" and "very kind" in Arabic, was given to her by her cousin when she was eight. Always a tall girl, the 5'10" tall Latifah was a power forward on her high school basketball team. She performed the number "Home" from the musical The Wiz in a high school play. Latifah started beatboxing for the rap group Ladies Fresh.  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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Queen Sued by Royal Servants

Queen Sued by Royal Servants

Queen Latifah has been hit with a double barrel legal blast -- two lawsuits were filed by people who were hired to make the Queen pretty."Celebrity cosmetologist" Roxanna Floyd claims she was… READ MORE >

There's No Debate, Latifah Looks Great

There's No Debate, Latifah Looks Great

Queen Latifah proves Jenny Craig does the body good.After trying to get an answer out of Tina Fey on "SNL" this weekend, the 38-year-old hit the streets of West Hollywood looking fit in spandex on… READ MORE >

- 2019 days ago
Queen Latifah Set to Grill Sarah Palin

Queen Latifah
Set to Grill Sarah Palin

Well-placed sources tell TMZ Queen Latifah is getting in the middle of the Sarah Palin/Joe Biden VP debate by portraying last night's moderator, PBS journalist Gwen Ifill, on "SNL" this week.For… READ MORE >

- 2024 days ago
Latifah: They Took a Holiday from Paying Me!

Latifah: They Took a Holiday from Paying Me!

Queen Latifah wants her clams! The singer/rapper/actress has filed suit against a small production company, claiming they haven't paid her for her cameo in the flick "The Perfect Holiday"The suit,… READ MORE >

- 2130 days ago
Someone Owes Jenny an Apology

Someone
Owes Jenny an Apology

Queen Latifah out at the Grove yesterday, Valerie Bertinelli in West Hollywood on Wednesday.They're both spokeswomen for Jenny Craig, but do they both practice what they preach? READ MORE >

- 2206 days ago
Queen Latifah: 'Memba When?!

Queen Latifah
'Memba When?!

Before the Oscar nom, hits albums, endorsement deals and armies of hair and makeup stylists, Queen Latifah aka Dana Owens, was just another Jersey girl with a dream. Guess what she used to look… READ MORE >

- 2282 days ago
Queen Latifah: Need a King, Hon?

Queen Latifah: Need a King, Hon?

After a lengthy gig pushing Pizza Hut, Queen Latifah is now the ironic face of Jenny Craig -- and it looks like she may already be dropping the pounds.insertBCSinglePlayer(1382895867);TMZ caught… READ MORE >

- 2283 days ago
Queen Latifah Throws Some Shade

Queen Latifah Throws Some Shade

TMZ caught galpals Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott at Villa last night -- though they went way overboard trying to hide their faces! Kinda hard to miss those two.… READ MORE >

- 2286 days ago
Jenny Craig Helping Queen Latifah -- With Her Tour!

Jenny Craig
Helping Queen Latifah -- With Her Tour!

After assisting Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli lose the L-Bs, now weight loss giant Jenny Craig wants to help Queen Latifah bring down the house -- not her size! While the big and beautiful… READ MORE >

- 2383 days ago
Latifah to Be Burger Queen

Latifah to Be
Burger Queen

Don't be surprised if you see Queen Latifah at FatBurger -- working!The raptress is getting into the fast food biz by opening a FatBurger franchise in Miami. Would you like fries with… READ MORE >

- 2469 days ago

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