Queen Latifah

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Legal name: Dana Elaine Owens


Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), known professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedian, and talk show host. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album All Hail the Queen the same year, featuring the hit single "Ladies First". Her second album, Nature of a Sista (1991), was her final album with Tommy Boy Records.

Latifah starred as Khadijah James on the FOX sitcom Living Single, from 1993 to 1998. Her third album Black Reign (1993), spawned the single "U.N.I.T.Y.", which won a Grammy Award and was successful on the Billboard Hot 100. She then starred in the lead role of Set It Off (1996) and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, in 1998, with Motown Records. Latifah gained mainstream success and acclaim with her performance in the film Chicago (2002), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Latifah released her fifth album The Dana Owens Album in 2004, and has since appeared in a number of films, such as Bringing Down the House (2003), Taxi (2004), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2005), Beauty Shop (2005), Last Holiday (2006), Hairspray (2007) and Joyful Noise (2012). In 2007 and 2009, she released two more studio albums – Trav'lin' Light and Persona. She created the daytime talk show The Queen Latifah Show, which ran from late 2013 to early 2015 on CBS. Latifah received critical acclaim for her portrayal of blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie (2015), which she co-produced, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.

She has long been considered one of hip-hop's pioneer feminists. Queen Latifah received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. Latifah's work in music, film and television has earned her a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, an Academy Award nomination and sales of over two million records.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 All Hail the Queen Queen Latifah 4
1991 Nature of a Sista' Queen Latifah 1
1993 Black Reign Queen Latifah 1
1998 Order in the Court Queen Latifah 2
2004 The Dana Owens Album Queen Latifah 1
2007 Trav'lin' Light Queen Latifah 2
2009 Persona Queen Latifah 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 She's a Queen: A Collection of Hits Queen Latifah 1
2005 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Queen Latifah Queen Latifah 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Ladies First / Come Into My House Queen Latifah 1
1990 Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children Queen Latifah feat. De La Soul 2
1991 Fly Girl / Nature of a Sista' Queen Latifah 1
1991 Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here Queen Latifah 1
1993 U.N.I.T.Y. Queen Latifah 1
1994 Just Another Day Queen Latifah 1
1994 So Tough Freddie Foxxx feat. Queen Latifah 1
1996 Back at You / Elements I'm Among Mobb Deep & Queen Latifah 1
1998 Wrath of My Madness (Premier remix) Queen Latifah 1

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