Queen Latifah

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Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970),[1] 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.


Early life

Queen Latifah was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Rita (née Bray), a schoolteacher who worked at Irvington High School, and Lancelot Owens, Sr., a police officer.[2][3][4] Her parents divorced when Latifah was ten.[4] Latifah was raised in the Baptist church[5] and she attended Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey.[6][7] Her stage name, Latifah (لطيفة), meaning "delicate" and "very kind" in Arabic, was given to her by her cousin when she was eight.[4] Always a tall girl, the 5'10" tall Latifah was a power forward on her high school basketball team.[8][9] She performed the number "Home" from the musical The Wiz in a high school play.[10]

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