Woman Crush Wednesday : Queen Latifah

by Duchess Magazine

Born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 18, 1970, Dana Elaine Owens, professionally known as Queen Latifah spent much of her life in East Orange. She is the daughter of Lancelot Amos Owens, a policeman and Rita Lamae (née Bray), an Irvington High School teacher. Latifah’s parents got divorced when she was ten.

Rapper, actor, and singer Queen Latifah hails from the United States. She joined Tommy Boy Records in 1989, and on November 28, 1989, she released her debut album All Hail the Queen, which featured the hit song “Ladies First.”

Latifah became well-known in hip-hop for talking on the problems that black women face. She wrote songs about various subjects, such as relationship issues, street harassment, and domestic violence.

She graduated from Irvington High School despite attending Catholic schools in Irvington and Newark, New Jersey. After high school, Queen Latifah studied classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

When she was eight years old, she discovered the name Latifah in a book of Arabic names, which means “delicate” and very kind” in Arabic.

The first female hip-hop musician to receive an Oscar nomination was Queen Latifah. Queen Latifah won the Harvard Foundation’s 2003 Artist of the Year award. Latifah received her Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2006 and was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2011. She was the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nearly 2 million albums have been sold by Queen Latifah in the US during her musical career. On its list of the top 100 people, The Root ranked her at number 35. The Entertainment Icon award from the 2017 American Black Film Festival was given to Latifah.

Rutgers University awarded her an honorary doctorate in fine arts in 2018. The W. E. B. Du Bois Medal was given to Queen Latifah by Harvard University in 2019 for her contributions to culture.

She has received a Grammy Award after receiving six nominations, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards after receiving five nominations, two NAACP Image Awards after receiving thirteen nominations, a Primetime Emmy Award after receiving three nominations, and an Academy Award nomination. Her lifetime achievement award from BET was given to her in 2021.

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