Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), better known as Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, actress, and singer.
She was born in Newark, New Jersey, and signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989, releasing her debut album All Hail the Queen on November 28, 1989, which included the hit single “Ladies First.”
Nature of a Sista’ (1991) was her second and final album with Tommy Boy Records.
Queen Latifah Shares ‘love’ for Partner Eboni Nichols at Bet Awards
The Queen is filled with pride.
Queen Latifah finally addressed her long-discussed sexual orientation during her coronation as the Lifetime Achievement doyenne at the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday.
In the closing remarks of her acceptance speech, Latifah (real name Dana Owens) exclaimed, “Peace — Happy Pride!”
The Grammy Award-winning diva then made one of her first public declarations of love to Eboni Nichols, her longtime partner of nearly a decade.
“Eboni, my love,” Latifah, 51, saluted Nichols, 43, by touching her heart.
“Rebel, my love,” she continued, referring to the son she and Nichols reportedly welcomed together in 2019.
Queen Latifah Insists on ‘no Death’ Clauses in Her Movie Contracts
The ‘End of the Road’ star has revealed that she takes a long-term approach to all of her film projects, insisting on a ‘no death’ clause in her contract because she wants to leave the door open for possible sequels.
The 52-year-old rapper, who starred in the 1996 crime heist film ‘Set It Off,’ told ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ “I was like, ‘I don’t get to do any sequels if I keep being this good at [dying].” So I told them, ‘Look, you’ve got to put a no-death clause in these contracts so they can’t just kill me off like this.’ ‘I’m never going to get a sequel in!'”
Despite this, the rapper-turned-actress is willing to make a deal for the right price.
“I mean, of course, for the right price, you know,” she joked. She passes away! That’s written into the script, you know.”
The ‘Ladies First hitmaker, who has received numerous awards throughout her career, is currently preparing to appear in the ‘Girls’ Trip’ sequel.
“From what I know, it’s locked and loaded and ready to go,” she said. It’s just that someone has to make it happen.”
‘Girls Trip’ follows four friends who travel to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival.
The actress is currently “not quite sure” where the sequel will take place, but she has confirmed that it will be “international.”