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  • Real name : Dana Elaine Owens
  • Place of birth : Newark
  • Date of birth : 18/03/1970

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  • Dana Elaine Ownes
  • Latifah Queen
  • The Queen of Rap

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Queen Latifah (1970)

Dana Elaine Owens

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Dana Elaine Owens , better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, rapper, and actress. Her 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.

  Biography  

 early life
Latifah was born and raised primarily in East Orange, New Jersey (she briefly resided in the Co-op City section of the Bronx from 1980 to 1984). The daughter of Rita (née Bray), a schoolteacher who worked at Irvington High School, and Lancelot Owens, Sr., a police officer, her parents divorced when Latifah was ten. At this time she started getting bullied by other children and was called names such as queen laqueefah Latifah was raised in the Baptist church and attended Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey. Her stage name, Latifah , meaning "delicate" and "very kind" in Arabic, was given to her by her cousin when she was eight. Always a tall girl, the 5'10" Latifah was a power forward on her high school basketball team. She performed the number "Home" from the musical The Wiz in a high school play.

 music career
 Beginning (1988–1989)
She started beatboxing for the hip hop group Ladies Fresh and was one of the members of the original version of the Flavor Unit, which, at that time, was a crew of MCs grouped around producer DJ Mark the 45 King, who made a demo recording of Queen Latifah's rap Princess of the Posse. He gave the recording to Fab 5 Freddy, the host of Yo! MTV Raps. The song got the attention of Tommy Boy Music employee Dante Ross, who signed Latifah and in 1988 issued her first single, "Wrath of My Madness."

 Rhyming (1989–2002)
Freddy helped Latifah sign with Tommy Boy Records, which released Latifah's first album All Hail the Queen in 1989, when she was nineteen. That year, she appeared as Referee on the UK label Music of Life album 1989—The Hustlers Convention . In 1998, Co Produced by Ro Smith, now CEO of Def Ro Inc., she released her fourth hip-hop album Order in the Court, which was released by Motown Records

 Singing (2003–2007)
After Order in the Court, Latifah shifted primarily to singing soul music and jazz standards, which she had used sparingly in her previous hip-hop-oriented records. In 2004, she released the soul/jazz standards The Dana Owens Album. On July 11, 2007, Latifah sang at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as the headlining act in a live jazz concert. Before a crowd of more than 12,400, she was backed by a 10-piece live orchestra and three backup vocalists, which was billed as the Queen Latifah Orchestra. Latifah performed new arrangements of standards including "California Dreaming", first made popular by '60s icons The Mamas & the Papas. Later in 2007, Latifah released an album titled Trav'lin' Light. Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Joe Sample, George Duke, Christian McBride, and Stevie Wonder made guest appearances. It was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" category.

In 2009, Latifah, along with the Jubilation Choir, recorded the title track on the album Oh, Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration, covering the song that the Edwin Hawkins Singers made popular in 1969.

 Return to hip hop (2008–present)
In 2008, Latifah was asked if she would make another hip-hop album. She was quoted saying the album was done already and it would be called "All Hail the Queen II". It was rumored that the album would be named "The 'L' Word". When asked about the rumor, she stated it was her attempt to "mess with people's heads" referring to rumors that she is lesbian". The song "Cue the Rain" was released as the album's lead single. She also has a song with Missy Elliott. 2011 saw Queen Latifah sing "Who Can I Turn To" in a duet with Tony Bennett for his album "Duets II".

 personal life
Raised in East Orange, New Jersey, she has been a resident of Colts Neck, New Jersey.

Latifah was asked by Maya Angelou, who was unable to attend, to recite a poem written by Angelou at the memorial service for Michael Jackson in July 2009.

 Family tragedies
Latifah's older brother, Lancelot Jr., was killed in 1992 in an accident involving a motorcycle that Latifah had recently bought him. Latifah still wears the key to the motorcycle around her neck, which can be seen throughout her performance in her sitcom Living Single. She also dedicated Black Reign to him. In her 1999 autobiography, Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman, Latifah discussed how her brother's death had led to a bout of depression and drug abuse, from which she later recovered. In 1993, Latifah was the victim of a carjacking, which also resulted in the shooting of a friend.

 Legal issues
In 1996, she was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a loaded handgun.

 Breast reduction surgery
In early 2003, Latifah had breast reduction surgery which downsized her F size breasts to a double D cup size, as a way to reduce back and shoulder pain. She also works out with a trainer and kickboxes.

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  Tracks  

Name Duration Released
Runnin' 04:03 2009
Fast Car 04:18 2009
Long Ass Week 04:11 2009
The Light 05:04 2009
What's the Plan 03:10 2009
Hard to Love You 04:14 2009
With You 04:34 2009
Over the Mountain 05:12 2009
Take Me Away 03:45 2009
If He Wanna 04:49 2009
My Couch 06:04 2009
People 03:54 2009
Cue the Rain 06:02 2009
Georgia Rose 03:43 2007
What Love Has Joined Together 03:40 2007
Poetry Man 04:40 2007
I'm Not in Love 04:47 2007
I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl 03:06 2007
Trav'lin' Light 04:05 2007
I'm Gonna Live Till I Die 02:09 2007
Java Jive 00:00 2007
I Love Being Here with You 02:52 2007
I Know Where I've Been 04:13 2007
Don't Cry Baby 02:53 2007
Gone Away 05:50 2007
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars 03:54 2007
How Long 05:41 2007
Hard Times 05:21 2004
California Dreamin' 03:42 2004
Close Your Eyes 02:55 2004
Moody's Mood for Love 03:59 2004
The Same Love That Made Me Laugh 03:53 2004
Simply Beautiful 04:11 2004
If I Had You 04:04 2004
I Put a Spell on You 03:08 2004
Hello Stranger 03:00 2004
Baby Get Lost 03:42 2004
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 03:27 2004
Set It Off 05:01 2002
Go Head 04:41 2002
Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here 04:26 2002
She's a Queen 04:44 2002
Turn You On 04:21 1998
I Don't Know 04:29 1998
No/Yes 00:44 1998
Brownsville 04:40 1998
Court Is in Session 03:52 1998
Phone Call Skit 00:34 1998
Bananas 04:00 1998
It's Alright 03:35 1998
What Ya Gonna Do 04:33 1998
Paper 04:00 1998
Parlay 04:52 1998
Black on Black Love 05:05 1998
Life 05:42 1998
Baby Jesus 00:00 1994
Lil 00:00 1993
Love Again 03:41 1991
Give Me Your Love 03:50 1991
One Mo' Time 04:51 1991
If You Don't Know 04:58 1991
’Nuff of the Ruff Stuff' 03:50 1991
That's the Way We Flow 03:22 1991
Nature of a Sista' 03:19 1991
Sexy Fancy 03:56 1991
Fly Girl 04:02 1991
Bad as a Mutha 04:01 1991
Come into My House 04:14 06/1989
Princess of the Posse 03:51 06/1989
Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children 04:25 06/1989
Evil That Men Do 04:03 06/1989
Dance for Me 03:41 06/1989
Queen of Royal Badness 03:24 06/1989
A King and Queen Creation 03:34 06/1989
Ladies First 03:45 06/1989
The Pros 05:43 06/1989
Wrath of My Madness 04:12 06/1989
Latifah's Law 03:51 06/1989
Inside Out 04:11 06/1989
Coochie Bang... 03:46
Winki's Theme 05:29
Bring tha Flava 03:25
Mood Is Right 03:30
The D.J.'s 01:38
Weekend Love 04:09
Rough... 05:04
U.N.I.T.Y. 04:11
I Can't Understand 03:50
Just Another Day... 04:29
Listen 2 Me 04:43
Just a Flow 01:30
Black Hand Side 03:22
No Work 02:51
Superstar 03:56

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