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Queen Latifah

Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, rapper, model, and actress. Her 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. Latifah was born in Newark, New Jersey, and lived primarily in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (née Bray), a teacher at Irvington High School (Latifah's alma mater) and Lancelot Owens, Sr., a police officer, her parents divorced when Latifah was ten. Latifah was raised in the Baptist church and attended Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey. Her stage name, Latifah (لطيفة laţīfa), meaning "delicate" and "very kind" in Arabic, she found in an Islamic book of names when she was eight. Always a tall girl, the 5'10" Latifah was a power forward on her high school women basketball team. She performed the number "Home" from the musical The Wiz in a high school play. She is of African American and Native American ancestry. She started beat boxing for the hip-hop group Ladies Fresh and was one of the

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Latifah: They Took a Holiday from Paying Me!

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- 2679 days ago
Queen Latifah: 'Memba When?!

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Queen Latifah: Need a King, Hon?

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Queen Latifah Throws Some Shade

Queen Latifah Throws Some Shade

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