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Queen Latifah

Née Dana Elaine Owens in 1970, Queen Latifah has done everything—a world-class rapper, singer, and actress, she has won a Grammy, Emmy, and Golden Globe (not to mention an Academy Award nomination) in her 30-year career. Her biggest single, "U.N.I.T.Y.", spoke out against the treatment of women in the rap community, calling for—you guessed it—unity. She has never shied away from difficult issues, using her songs to tackle issues like domestic violence. Long reticent to label her sexuality, in 2021 she thanked her life partner in a speech at the BET Awards and wished the crowd a "Happy Pride."

She continues her career as an outstanding actress and rapper today.

Latifah will play the titular Wiz, while Blige has been cast as the Wicked Witch of the West.

July 29 2015 11:36 AM

The HBO film debuts May 16

February 25 2015 11:34 AM

Lesbian director Dee Rees helms the HBO biopic

December 24 2014 11:32 AM

The May 19 concert at Long Beach Pride marked Latifah's first performance at an LGBT festival.

May 22 2012 9:25 AM

The Queen reenacts 'Mob Wives' and announces her plans for a talk show in 2013.

January 18 2012 2:33 PM