Queen Latifah is a musician, award-winning actress, record-label
president, author, entrepreneur, and Cover Girl, she has earned a Golden Globe Award,
two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, and a Grammy Award as well as
nominations for six additional Grammys, an Emmy, and an Oscar. All of this success has
readied her for the role she’s most excited about—host of her own daytime talk show, The
Queen Latifah Show, which she regards as the perfect platform to showcase her range of
talents and unique ability to connect with and entertain people.
Only 19 when she was anointed hip-hop’s first lady of rap with the release of her
highly successful debut album, All Hail The Queen, Latifah went on to release
multiple Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling albums, including The Dana Owens
Album and Trav’lin Light, and in 2006 she became the first hip-hop
artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has enjoyed similar
success in television and film. Her first TV series, Living Single, ran for
five seasons and still airs in syndication. After making her screen debut in Spike
Lee’s Jungle Fever, she has appeared in nearly 40 feature films, including
the critically-acclaimed Living Out Loud, alongside Holly Hunter; The Bone
Collector, starring Denzel Washington; and perhaps her best-known and
most-acclaimed role as Mama Morton in Chicago, alongside Renee Zellwegger,
Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere.
Queen Latifah proved her global box office appeal as a leading lady opposite Steve
Martin in Disney’s hit Bringing Down the House, which she executive produced.
She also starred in Hairspray, The Secret Life of Bees, Last
Holiday, Beauty Shop, and Joyful Noise as well as the HBO
true-life drama, Life Support, which she also executive produced and for
which she received a Golden Globe award, a SAG Award and an Emmy nomination. She
also reprises her animated role as “Ellie,” the wooly mammoth in Ice Age 4.
Queen Latifah is also a powerhouse entrepreneur. In 1993, she and partner Shakim
Compere formed Flavor Unit Entertainment, a hugely successful production company.
The Miami-based studio develops emerging talent, manages artists, and produces film
and television projects. It currently has several films and television series in
production, including VH1’s Single Ladies and the upcoming CW reality show,
The Star Next Door.
In her spare time, Queen Latifah has written two best-selling books on self-esteem
and designed a successful clothing and beauty line for HSN. Her next big adventure
begins when she makes her debut as host of The Queen Latifah Show, which she
is producing with Shakim Compere and Overbrook Entertainment’s Will Smith, Jada
Smith, and James Lassiter.