Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), 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. She was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey, 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. Latifah was raised in the Baptist church and attended Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey. Her stage name, Latifah (لطيفة Laṭīfah), 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.She started beatboxing for the rap group Ladies Fresh. Latifah was one of the members of the original version of the Flavor Unit, which, at that time, was a crew of Emcees grouped around producer DJ Mark the 45 King. Mark James aka "DJ Mark the 45 King" made a demo recording of Queen Latifah's rap Princess of the Posse. He gave the recording to the host of Yo! MTV Raps, Fab 5 Freddy. 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".As usual, you can find the basics about her life and career at The Other Wiki.
- "Ladies First"
- "Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here"
- "Black Hand Side"
- "Just Another Day..."
- "I Can't Understand"
- "Name Callin'"
- 1989: All Hail the Queen
- 1991: Nature of a Sista
- 1993: Black Reign
- 1998: Order in the Court
- 2004: The Dana Owens Album
- 2007: Trav'lin' Light
- 2009: Persona
Works Queen has appeared in:
- Living Single
- Set It Off
- Bringing Down the House
- Last Holiday
- Stranger Than Fiction
- Ice Age (second movie onwards)
- 30 Rock (recurring role as bloviating but well-meaning Rhode Island Congresswoman Regina Bookman)
- The Secret Life Of Bees
- Beauty Shop
- 22 Jump Street
- The Wiz Live!
"All Hail the Queen's Tropes":
- The Big Girl
- Big Beautiful Woman: Her Chicago character provides the page image. She has slimmed down considerably in recent years, but she's still curvy enough to have this trope apply to her. Especially the "beautiful" part.
- Biker Babe: Loves sports bikes.
- Canon Discontinuity: Her early albums aren't easy to find in stores.
- Cover Album: The Dana Owens Album, Trav'lin' Light
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Name Callin'" features Latifah cursing almost every other word. And it's quite sexy, really.
- I Know Kickboxing
- Letters 2 Numbers: "Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here," "Listen 2 Me,"
- McDonalds: She worked there prior to her music career.
- Meaningful Name
- Promoted Fangirl: Watching The Wiz on Broadway inspired her to become a performer, then she eventually earned the title role in NBC's TV version of The Wiz.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Self-Titled Album: The Dana Owens Album
- Sitcom: Living Single, 30 Rock
- Spelling Song: "U.N.I.T.Y."