As Dana Elaine Owens, Queen Latifah entered the world on March 18, 1970, in Newark, New Jersey. A large portion of her childhood was spent in East Orange, New Jersey. At the age of 10, her parents divorced.
It’s no coincidence that “Latifah,” her stage name, translates to “gentle” and “extremely kind” in Arabic. After graduating from Irvington High School, Latifah attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she played power forward on the school’s women’s basketball team.
For decades, Queen Latifah has been recognized as one of hip-earliest hop’s feminists, and she has also enjoyed a highly successful film career, amassing a net worth of $70 million in the process. She is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show hostess.
Is She Bisexual or Lesbian?
Queen Latifah finally came out as gay during a performance at the 2012 Long Beach Pride after years of hiding her sexual orientation.
The 42-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer, rapper, and actress made her sexual orientation public last weekend at the 2012 Long Beach Pride celebration in California, and her newest performance must have been quite freeing.
She addressed the LGBT community as “y’all my peeps” and added, “I adore you!”
For over an hour, the Queen sang to a crowd of over a thousand people, encouraging them to “keep your support system tight” and cautioning them to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.
She addressed her guests, thanking them for coming out to support her and adding, “I love you so much. Hope you had a great time.” She also reminded them to “be safe whatever y’all get into tonight. Boys — strap it up. Ladies — strap it up.”
In 1992, Latifah’s older brother was killed in a motorcycle accident, and she has spoken publicly about how that loss led to a period of depression and drug use.
In 1995, she was the victim of a carjacking, and in 1996, she was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. In 2018, Queen Latifah confirmed that her mother had died from heart complications.
Over the years, speculations have circulated regarding Queen Latifah’s sexuality, and while she has remained quiet about her love life, it is widely believed that she has been dating choreographer Eboni Nichols.
The media reported that Foxy Brown was the intended target of Queen Latifah’s diss track “Name Callin,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the film “Set It Off” in 1996. In 1998, Foxy Brown released a diss record over the matter.
In response, Queen Latifah released a diss record of her own, in which she criticized Brown for her reliance on skimpy outfits and sexuality to sell records.
The Profession in The Music Industry
In the late ’80s, Latifah began her career as a beatboxer, attracting the attention of the host of “Yo! MTV Raps,” which caught the attention of Dante Ross, an employee at Tommy Boy Music, who signed Latifah and issued her first single, “Wrath of My Madness,” in 1988.
Latifah made her name in hip-hop by rapping about issues affecting black women, including domestic violence, street harassment, and relationship problems. In 1992, she received a Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
Career in Acting
Throughout her lengthy career, Queen Latifah has appeared in a number of high-profile films and television shows.
She made her acting debut in two episodes of the second season of the NBC hit “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” From 1993 to 1998, she starred in the FOX sitcom “Living Single,” which received very high ratings.