Lily as Queen Latifah
My daughter as Queen Latifah: History now includes hip hop. A young woman from Newark demanded the world called her Queen when it wanted to call her anything but that. She was born Dana Owens but selected the name Latifah which means delicate and sensitive in Arabic. Her first album, All Hail the Queen, dropped in 1989. Hits like Ladies First brought feminist and afrocentric themes to the forefront and provided a powerful counterpoint to misogyny in hip hop. Her acting career began with a memorable turn as a surly waitress in Jungle Fever. She would find other roles in the sitcom Living Single and the movie Set It Off. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Mama Morton in Chicago. She became a spokesmodel for Cover Girl releasing the Queen collection providing makeup for women of color. She received numerous accolades including a Golden Globe. She hosted her own talk show in 1999-2001 and again in 2013. Queen Latifah won a Grammy for U.N.I.T.Y. which became an anthem for treating women with respect.
*Orginal photo: Frank Ockenfels - www.fwo3.com*
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