“Who said the Queen couldn’t make it, you must be blind…”
Queen Latifah aka Dana Owens is a true testament of a hustler. Coming from the streets of Newark, New Jersey, the “U.N.I.T.Y.” rapstress has definitely come a long way.
And now, after 20+ years in the game, the multi-talented entertainer is the newest cover girl for the August 16th issue of Hollywood Reporter.
Inside, the 43 year-old Newark-native shares her personal experience of growing up in a far from privileged environment, but is also intimately described and spotlighted through the words of those who know her best:
HER BUSINESS PARTNER, SHAKIM COMPERE:
I’ve known Dana since she was in the ninth grade. She has not changed one bit. She’s always been the person who would give you an ear. We’ve missed flights because somebody had a story to tell Dana about one of her movies. I’ve seen her take a homeless person off the street and give them shelter and money to buy food for their kid. She doesn’t try to be anything other than who she is.
Naturally her long-time friend (and executive producer of her upcoming show) Jada Pinkett-Smith reflected on their 26-year relationship:
HER LONGTIME FRIEND, JADA PINKETT-SMITH:
Lah is every woman [...] I remember seeing her in black-and-white photos. She was barefoot and wrapped in this African garb with this African headpiece. I was so inspired by the courage of this young female MC. There’s a certain trust that women have in her.
And with her talk show making its debut in September 2013, Ms. Owens made it very clear that her personal life will never be a topic on The Queen Latifah Show:
LATIFAH ON HER UPCOMING TALK SHOW:
I have to be realistic about what I can and can’t do. So whatever I do has to really be worth it. I like to master the things I do. Making this show great, that’s my focus right now. I want to bring some positivity to daytime TV.
You can head over to Hollywood Reporter to read the full inspiring write-up/story of Ms. Queen Latifah. Also, be sure catch her on the premiere of her new day-time talk show The Queen Latifah Show on September 16th.
Speaking of which, peep a pic of her huge set down below,. Will you be tuning in?