Who is Queen Latifah: People Say I'm going to be the next Oprah

Who Is Queen Latifah
"People say I'm going to be the next Oprah.  But I say no, because Oprah is still Oprah.  I'll be the next me.  I feel like there's always a lane for me as long as I'm true to myself."
Queen Latifah the producer of VH-1 Single Ladies
(source) addiction magazine
Vinnie Brown who is a lifelong friend of Latifah says,
"When he met her when they were kids, Latifah was a tomboy who always had a basketball with her, and she was no joke.  You just knew she was not to be messed with.  She had this majestic aura, even then."
Fans know Queen Latifah as an award-winning actress, rapper, singer, producer, fashion designer, perfumer, and spokes model and producer for Covergirl.  Queen Latifah embodies true beauty, but I'm sure the road getting here wasn't easy.
Clothing & Perfume Line
Celebrity Perfumes
(source) rolling stones/timothy while
Queen Latifah says,
 "A lot of manufactures don't respect the curvaceous woman.  They don't respect our dollar or our shape."

Queen Latifah launch Fashion Line on HSN

Working with the Home Shopping Network with my brand called Queen Collection by Queen Latifah, has been such a great partnership.  I'm happy to be able to make women's clothing I really like.  We've made sure the shape is right, the length is right, and the colors are right.  Everything in the line is something I would wear myself.  It's the same way I developed the fragrance.  It had to be something I would wear. 
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Queen Latifah Launches

Fragrance @ Macy's
The line includes clothing and accessories for women of all sizes, from size 2 to 24.  The line ranges in prices from $29.90 to $300.00 and will be sold exclusively through the Home Shopping Network.  She stated
"She has been offered a lot of deals for clothing lines and actually started one that didn't quite get off the ground, but this is like a full circle moment for me." 
Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens explained that The Queen Collection actually fulfills her teenage dream. 
(source) Do Not Color Me
"This is a young 14 year old, 17 year old, and 22 year old Dana trying to go shopping and actually finding the things she wants to wear.  Now there's a way for other women just like myself to go on HSN and order the clothes she likes, because they're there and are in her size.  This has been a bit of a journey and a really exciting venture." 
Out of her whole collection, Queen Latifah says she is most excited about the bag collection.  She says,
"I think the bag is going to be really good.  It's versatile, so it's not going to look like the same bag from one collection to the next.  There's something for everyone.  I definitely want to be able to rock my bag.  I figure if I can rock it, why shouldn't other people be able to?"

  CoverGirl Queen Collection
 
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick Spellbound
starting @ $5.50
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 COVERGIRL Vivid Impact Eyeliner, Midnight
starting @ $6.00
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She was announced as the new face of Covergirl February 2006.  At the time of the announcement Latifah said:
I stand behind companies I believe in, and I get involved in projects, where I know I can make a positive impact. I had the privilege of working directly with Covergirl Cosmetics to offer women of color a fresh, natural, and confident look with minimal effort. Those are desires I relate to.

 COVERGIRL Lash Fanatic Regular Mascara, Black
starting @ $7.00
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The new Queen Collection was inspired by me to celebrate the beauty of women of color, and gives women the confidence they are looking for by accenting and highlighting our natural features, stated Latifah.  Read more on: Queen Latifah turns Covergirl


She is one of entertainment's top renaissance women and Covergirl says she is the real meaning behind their brand.  


Award Winning Actor & Producer
With an estimate worth of $50 million Latifah has taken over the film industry in movies such as:
Queen Latifah in her Set It Off Movie and as a Covergirl
Just Right (2010)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Bringing Down The House (2003)
Chicago (2002)
The Bone Collector (1999)
Starting with her outbreak album "All Hail The Queen" in 1989, Queen Latifah has gone on to star in many movies including Beauty Shop,  Hairspray, and Chicago.

In the movie "Set It Off"  Queen Latifah didn't win any mainstream awards, but the film set the precedent for many roles to come.  If you are curious to know how Latifah became famous and rich, it is, because she has starred in more than 41 films in her lifetime career.
 
She Raps & Sings
Queen Latifah @ The Kennedy Honors
At around the age of 18, Latifah joined forces with her partner Shakim Compere to form one of the first hip hop management companies, Flavor Unit.  This company has been in the life of Naughty by Nature, Terrence Howard, the hip hop duo Outkast, and others.  Of the company many successes, one in particular is the 11 gold and platinum awards.

Queen Latifah took over the music scene in 1988 with her first single, "Wrath of My Madness."  Two years after the release of her first LP, the Queen dropped her sophomore album, "Nature of a Sister" in 1991, but it was her third studio album "Black Reign" in 1993 that truly put Latifah on the map. 

While the breakthrough female MC produced seven albums over 20 years it was her, "U.N.I.T.Y" single that kept her in the hearts of million.  That track received a 1994 Grammy Award for "Best Rap Solo Performance," and is still featured on countless hip-hop collective albums. 
Television Roles & What's Next

The Queen Latifah Show is set to air on CBS September 16, 2013
(source) D. Martez
She made her television debut in 1991 on the Will Smith's show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."  In 1993 she got her own show called, "Living Single," where she played Khadijah James.  The show followed the lives of six friends living in Brooklyn, New York.  The show aired for five seasons on Fox.  After her sitcom, she begin voice over work on shows such as the "The Fairy Odd Parents" and "The Muppets.  She is now working on her talk show that will air September 16, 2013, called "The Queen Latifah Show."  She has teamed up with actor Will Smith's company Overbrook and the television network CBS says D. Martez

She says,
Queen Latifah
White House Look
"When Oprah Winfrey ended her show, people were coming out of the woodwork, offering 20 million, 30 million dollars for me to do a talk show.  It was ridiculous money, but I turned it down.  To me it's not about the money.  It's about the partnership.  Between my company and Will and Jada's company I know we can do something really great."

Queen Latifah's Family
 
Queen Latifah with her dad Lance and mom Rita
Latifah grew up with her big brother Lance. They are about 2 years apart. Around their apartment in Newark, New Jersey she says,


We had a record player that was always going with soul and rock. There were all kinds of instruments, bongos, shakers, tambourines, and guitars. My parents divorced when I was eight, but before that they would invite people over and they'd be drumming. I didn't know at the time some of them were the Black Panthers. I just thought it was a good vibe."
My mother was so creative and she was really fascinated by her children. It's like she studied us and watched how we did things and really tried to expose us to different experiences to spark our creativity."
Conclusion
(source) essence January 2013
Long before P. Diddy, Jay-Z, and 50 Cent became known as rapper-entrepreneurs, Queen Latifah created the mold.  "My favorite thing about Latifah is her ability to always transform and soar," says Alicia Keys, a longtime friend. 

Queen Latifah says,
"I remember the critics smashed my TV series Living Single.  But we stuck with it and years later everybody loved the show."
 It was just one more lesson in trusting her visions and pushing for the win. 
From the time I decided to become a rapper and get a record deal and have a management company, there have been doubters, people who never would've tried half the things we did.  But we didn't listen, so here we are 20 years later.  You believe in yourself and put your mind and your soul into it.  I've been around that kind of fearlessness all my life.
 
Story Credit: Blackenterprise, Celebrity Clothing Line (Ashlee Vensel), Essence (Jeannine Amber)


The Queen Latifah originally air 1999-2001, but this time it looks to be different with her all-star line up
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