Queen Latifah

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“Latifah” redirects here. For the Arab singer, see Latifa.
Queen Latifah

Latifah at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
Background information
Birth name Dana Elaine Owens
Born March 18, 1970 (1970-03-18) (age 41)
Origin Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, jazz, hip hop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper, actress, comedian, spokesperson, author
Instruments Piano, vocals
Years active 1988–present
Labels Verve, Interscope, Motown, Tommy Boy, Warner Bros., PolyGram
Website www.QueenLatifah.com

Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970),[1] better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, actress and singer. Queen Latifah’s work in music, film and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination.

Early life

She was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of a schoolteacher who worked at BMCC, and Lancelot Owens, Sr., a police officer.[2][3][4] Her parents divorced when Latifah was ten.[4] Latifah was raised in the Baptist church[5] and attended Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey.[6][7] Her stage name, Latifah (لطيفة), meaning “delicate” and “very kind” in Arabic, was given to her by her cousin when she was eight.[4] Always a tall girl, the 5’10” tall Latifah was a power forward on her high school basketball team.[8][9] She performed the number “Home” from the musical The Wiz in a high school play.[10]

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