Queen Latifah Honors Her Mom

Queen Latifah honored her mother Rita Owens on an episode of her new talk show with a special performance of “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die.”

“I want to do something special today to thank the person who is my right hand girl, my best friend, my mom. Do we have any moms out there?” asked Queen Latifah to the audience. “My mom has a zest for life that you wouldn’t believe. I want to dedicate this song to my mom, and all the moms who have daughters like me who they encouraged to conquer the world and live.” 

“Mrs. O” was an art teacher who encouraged and inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of students at Irvington High School in New Jersey.

“My mother was a teacher at the same high school I attended, and she was a great teacher who, in fact, was loved by all and played an important role in so many of her students’ lives,” says Queen Latifah.

Mrs. Owens wanted to inspire and encourage her daughter as well. “It’s just a matter of nourishment,” she said in a 20/20 interview with Barbara Walters. “I nourished everything that she wanted to do that was safe and good and kind. I applaud her for that. But also, I tried to live that lifestyle. I tried to be the role model, or the mentor, that would reinforce the person that I knew she could be.”

The Queen Latifah Show is looking for remarkable people making a difference in the lives of others. Is your hero your mother? The Queen Latifah Show wants to know!