Hip hop’s first lady Dana Elene Owens is popular in the entertainment industry by her stage name ‘Queen Latifah’. She gained her name ‘Latifah’ meaning kind and delicate in Arabic, from her Muslim cousin. A popular American singer, songwriter and actress Latifah has gained recognition in the industry as a versatile individual. Award winning actress Latifah is a model, rapper and comedian too.
Queen Latifah Facts:
Birth Name: Dana Elene Owens
Birthday: March 18, 1970
Address: New Jersey, US
Profession: Actress, Rapper
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Body Measurements: 45-43-45
College/University: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Net worth: USD 60 million
Queen Latifah Family Life:
Born in a police family, Latifah was born to Lancelot Owens Sr. and Rita Owens in East Orange, New Jersey. Her father and older brother both are police officers. Losing her brother in a motorbike accident was the hardest part in her life. She coped up with depression and even drug problems. When she was just eight years old, her parents divorced each other. She has not been involved in relationships.
Latifah has done breast reduction surgery due to health problems. Listening music, Socializing is one of the things that she likes to do besides her career interests.
Queen Latifah Career Growth:
Hip hop pioneer Latifah started music as a beat boxer in the hip hop group ‘Ladies Fresh’. Prior to beat boxing, she sang the number ‘Home’ from ‘The Wiz’ in a musical performance. In 1989, Local DJ Mark provided the demo song of her single ‘Princess of the Posse’ to Fab Five Freddy who hosts the show MTV raps. This made her leap into the music industry. Freddy helped Latifah to get a contract signed with Tommy Boy Records. At the young age of 18, she released her first album titled ‘All Hail the Queen’. She gained success in the music industry when she released another album ‘Nature of a Sista’. After going through depression and drug abuse problems because of her brother’s death, she released another album titled ‘Order in the Court’.
A hip hop artist, Latifah tried other genres of music; jazz and soul music to try traditional music. She was casted as the co-star in the comedy series by FOX ‘Living single’ in 1993. During the shooting of the series, her focus was in acting and made it her priority. She has even done duet with Faith Evans and Fugees’ Pras. The year when ‘Living Single’ was cancelled, she starred in films like: ‘Sphere’ and ‘Living out Loud’. Likewise, she has released another album ‘The Dana Owens Album’ which features a collection of her covers mostly. Starring in over a dozen films, she has won the heart of many movie fans. Her first film was ‘Jungle Fever’ released back in 1991. In 2008, she got a chance to appear alongside Diane Keaton in the comedy series ‘Mad Money’.
Queen Latifah Net Worth:
Versatile singer Latifah has an accumulation of net worth that amounts to USD 60 million. She has attained the spot of Number 4 in the List of Top earning Black Actresses. Her earnings come from Album sales that amount to USD 1.5 million and she recently bought a home in LA amounting USD 1.3 million with her trainer.
Queen Latifah Awards and Achievements:
Actress Latifah has earned accolades due to her outstanding achievement in the music and acting field. She was ranked Number 72 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll. Moreover she has won the Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award. Along with this, she has received two Screen Actors Guild Awards and Image Awards. Nabbing nominations for The Grammy Award and The Academy Awards six times, she received nomination for playing the lead role in the HBO movie ‘Bessie’.
Queen Latifah Contributions:
A celebrity spokesperson Latifah is a spokesperson for Curvation ladies underwear, Pizza Hut and Jenny Craig. Having launched her own line of cosmetics for women of color titled ‘Cover Girl Queen Collection, she launched a perfume line called ‘Queen’ and ‘Queen of Hearts’. She is active in social networking sites like: Twitter and Instagram. More information can be found in Wiki and IMDb.