Dana Elaine Owens, known as Queen Latifah, has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneer female rappers. She released her first single, Ladies First, which became a definite hit.
Her second album came in 1991 with Tommy Boy Records. in 1993, she took the role of Khadijah James on the popular sitcom Living Single. The show had a successful five year run. Her third album, Black Reign, went gold and #60 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 1996, she starred in the lead role in the movie Set It Off, along with Jada Pinkett Smith.
Her mainstream acting success came in 2002 with her role in Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton. Her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A host of movie roles followed and her own daytime talk show, The Queen Latifah Show.
- About Queen Latifah
- Net Worth – $60 Million
- Birth Date – March 18, 1970
- Birth Place – Newark, New Jersey
- Profession – Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress
- Nationality – American
- Marital Status – Single
Because of her diverse talents, Queen Latifah has been widely appreciated by audiences and experts. During her career, Queen Latifah has won a Grammy award, Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and two NAACP image awards. She is a spokesperson for CoverGirl “Queen” cosmetics, Curvation ladies underwear, and Jenny Craig.
In July 2009, Queen Latifah was asked by Maya Angelous to recite a poem written by Angelou at Michael Jackson’s memorial service. She is the first female hip-hop artist to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Queen Latifah recently starred in the television live musical The Whiz, and landed a lead role in an upcoming project produced my Lee Daniels. Her and mother are working with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart disease, after her mother was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.