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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

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]