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Queen Latifah (1970–)

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QUEEN LATIFAH (1970–). Rapper, actress, producer. She was born Dana Elaine Owens in Newark, New Jersey, and has been called the “First Lady of Rap.” She began her entertainment career with the all-female rap group Ladies Fresh, and recorded the single “Wrath of My Madness.” Taking on her stage name of Queen Latifah (Arabic for delicate and sensitive), her debut album was All Hail the Queen , which contained the hits “Ladies First,” and “Dance for Me.” Her later albums include Nature of a Sista , and Black Reign , which contained the popular single “U. N. I. T. Y.” that won her a Grammy Award for best rap solo performance. Her television credits include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper , and Roc . She starred in the series Living Single , hosted The Queen Latifah Show , her own talk show from 1999–2001, and provides the voice for a series of Pizza Hut commercials. She made her film debut in a bit part as a waitress in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever , 1991, and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, for her work in Chicago: The Musical , 2002. She runs her own record label called Flavor Unit, as well as a management company.

Filmography: Jungle Fever , 1991; House Party 2 , 1991; Juice , 1992; Who’s the Man , 1993; My Life , 1993; Set It Off , 1996; Hoodlum , 1997; Sphere , 1998; Living Out Loud , 1998; The Bone Collector , 1999; The Country Bears , 2002; Brown Sugar , 2002; Chicago: The Musical , 2002; Bringing Down the House , 2003; Taxi , 2004; Barbershop 2, 2004; Beauty Shop , 2005.

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