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Dana Elaine Owens (Queen Latifah) Grammy Award-winning artist, actress and activist


Courtesy Photo-Queen Latifah is a Grammy Award-winning rapper, record producer and actress, known for her roles in the big-screen adaptation of 'Chicago' and the TV film 'Bessie.

 

“All Hail to the Queen!” Dana Elaine Owens, better known publicly by her stage name ‘Queen Latifah,’ was born on March 18, 1970, in Newark, New Jersey. The stage name of Queen Latifah was self-chosen. It came about by, combining the nickname Latifah (لطيفة Latifa), meaning "delicate" and "very kind", in Arabic. Queen, originated from her desire to create a strong, black identity. Her title ‘Queen Latifah’ seems fitting as it seems to reference her height, Rubenesque figure and regal presence.


Dana is best known for her social politics, acting skills and gift for rhyme. She possesses a bevy of accolades, including a Grammy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two NAACP Image Awards, in addition to a nomination for an Academy Award. In 2006, she became the first hip hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Many believe Dana to be not only one of the greatest rappers, yet one of the best entertainers of all time. Dana started out as a member of the Flavor Unit, later going solo and discovering her knack for addressing pressing issues for African American women. This was timely as issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse were taboo. Through her Afrocentric, feminist music, she challenges sexism and racism which is engrained into the fabric of popular music.


Dana Owens (Queen Latifah) has continued to grow as an artist, and person. She is a trailblazer who uses her gifts and talents to break barriers. In addition to her creative endeavors Owens works as a spokesperson for various organizations. She is a ‘History Maker’ who represents power and promotes strength within.

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