Queen Latifah Biography

Birthday: 1970-03-18
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey USA
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker is Dana Owens, who was born on March 18th, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She came from a police family--both her father and older brother were cops, which would later influence her rhyming style and life philosophy. Owens witnessed both sides of Black urban life in the USA while growing up. After a brief stint as a Burger King employee, she soon found herself making waves in the hip-hop music scene. After working as the human beat box alongside Ladies Fresh, she was just 18 years old when she originally broke through in the late 1980s with a style that picked selectively from jazz, reggae, and soul traditions, from beats produced by 'D.J. Mark the 45 King'. Her debut single, "Wrath of My Madness," was released in 1988. A year later, her debut long-player, "All Hail the Queen," enjoyed favored reviews: an old, wise head was evident on the top of her young shoulders. The former Burger King employee maintained her early commitment to answer the misogynist armory of some of her male counterparts and, at the same time, imparted musical good times to all genders. Her name means "delicate and sensitive" in Arabic, but she has often been anything but in her rhymes and the messages she sends out through them. 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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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Dee Dee / ... 1990 Comedy
Living Single Khadijah James 1996 - 1997 Comedy
Living Out Loud Liz Bailey 1998 Comedy
The Queen Latifah Show Herself - Host 1999
Living With The Dead Midge Harmon 2002 Drama
Crash Nebula Pam Dromeda 2004 Animation
Mad Money Nina Brewster 2005 Comedy
Life Support Ana 2007 Drama
Valentine's Day Paula Thomas 2010 Comedy
Tono to Issho Ellie 2010
DNA (UK) Ellie 2013
Latifah Herself - Host 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
House Party 2 Zora 1991 0, 0
Set It Off Cleopatra 'Cleo' Sims 1996 Action, Crime, Drama
Hoodlum Sulie 1997 Crime, Drama
Mama Flora's Family 1998
Sphere Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher 1998 Drama, Horror, Mystery
Living Out Loud Liz Bailey 1998 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Bone Collector Thelma 1999 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Brown Sugar Francine 2002 Romance, Comedy, Drama
Bringing Down the House Charlene Morton 2003 Comedy
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Gina 2004 Comedy, Drama
Crash Nebula Pam Dromeda 2004 Animation, Action, Comedy
Taxi Isabelle 'Belle' Williams 2004 Action, Comedy, Crime
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Aunt Em 2005
Beauty Shop Gina Norris 2005 Comedy
Last Holiday Georgia Byrd 2006 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Ice Age: The Meltdown Ellie 2006 Animation, Action, Adventure
Hairspray Motormouth Maybelle 2007 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Arctic Tale 2007 Documentary, Family
What Happens in Vegas Dr. Twitchell 2008 Biography
Mad Money Nina Brewster 2008 Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Life Support Ana 2008 Drama
What Happens in Vegas... Dr. Twitchell 2008 Comedy, Romance
The Secret Life of Bees August Boatwright 2008 Drama
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Ellie 2009 Animation, Action, Adventure
Just Wright Leslie Wright 2010 Comedy, Romance
9mm Lt. Amanda Shipley 2012 Action
Joyful Noise Vi Rose Hill 2012 Comedy, Music
Ice Age: Continental Drift Ellie 2012 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
House of Bodies Nicole 2013 Thriller