Birthday: 3/18/1970, the
Age: 45 years
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Original name: Dana Elaine Owans
American rap singer, model and actress. Latifa work in music, film and television have brought her a Golden Globe two awards Screen Actors Guild, two awards Image, Grammy (cited her work in six categories), and were awarded an Emmy in the category Academy Award.
Latif was born March 18, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey. Her mother, Rita, was a teacher at Irvington High School, and her father, Lancelot Owens, – the police. His parents divorced when she was ten. The school Latifah played in various productions and musicals. Her stage name, Latifah, meaning “delicate” and “sensitive” in Arabic, gave her her cousin when she was only eight years old.
Latifa began her career as a rap singer in the group «Ladies Fresh». She was a member of MC-group «The Flavor Unit», which produced at that time was DJ Mark the 45 King. In 1988, he heard a demo version of the single Latifa «Princess of the Posse» and gave it to the Fab Five Freddy, who was the owner of «Yo! MTV Raps ». Freddy helped the young singer to sign a contract with the company «Tommy Boy Records», which released in 1989 the first album Latifa «All Hail the Queen». The album brought the 19-year-old singer has been a resounding success, and marked “Grammy.” Then we came out four albums, including «Order in the Court» (1998).
July 11th, 2007 Latifah performed at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on a live jazz concert. She was accompanied by a live orchestra. Latifah introduced in the new arrangement «California Dreaming», which is in the 60s made popular «The Mamas & the Papas». Later, in 2007, Latifa released the album «Trav’lin ‘Light». He received a Grammy Award in the category «Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album» (best traditional pop vocal). In 2009, Latifah along with «The Jubilation Choir» recorded a track for the album «Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration», a rehash of the song «Edwin Hawkins Singers», popular in 1969. In 2009, a new album is scheduled for release Latifa hip-hop.
Latifah also appears on television as an actress. In film and television, she in 1991, starred in numerous television series. The first big role in a movie – “Jungle Fever” (1991).
Queen Latifah was nominated for “Oscar” for her role in the musical, “Chicago” (2002).
Of the best works of the actress: fiction film “Sphere” (1998, directed by B. Levinson), the American remake of the French “Taxi” – “New York Taxi” (2004), the comedy “character” (2006, directed by M. Forster), the film “Beauty” (2005).
Queen Latifah is a composer, producer and writer of a number of films with his participation. He continues to successfully perform on stage.
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