She is a world renowned rapper, singer, actor, author, entrepreneur, and Cover Girl. Born, Dana Elaine Owens but known around the world as Queen Latifah, which means gentle. She hosted her own talk show for two seasons in the past, and now she is back. “The Queen Latifah Show” premiered Monday, September 16 to a solid debut according to the Los Angeles Times.
But who is Queen Latifah, aka Dana Owens? You might be surprised to discover that the Queen is just like you and me. She struggles at times with the demands of her career, friends, and family. She also struggles with boundaries and saying no.
Queen Latifah wrote out of her concern over the alarming rate of abuse among girls and women who lack self-esteem and the ability to see their worth. As a child, she was fortunate to have parents who instilled in her and brother, “Winki,” (Lance Owens) their value as human beings. Her father instilled in her to never let anyone tell her what she could or could not be simply because she was a girl. Mama Owens taught her how to hold her head up high and be proud of her height and her build and to always do her best. It appears she listened.
Along the way to fame and fortune, Latifah emphasizes the need to have the right friends and people around you who have your best interest at heart. Amazingly enough she has kept her best friend from high school who is still with her now. “No one ever gets anywhere without help.” She also explains what happens when you don’t hire the right people to watch over your money.
In 2000, Queen Latifah went broke for that very reason. She hired a young inexperienced accountant who paid everything without question. After she recovered from the accountant telling her there was no money, she educated herself on finances. She learned to check invoices coming into her company before paying and to hire experienced accountants. In recovering from this ordeal, she learned to pay close attention to the business side of things not just her performances.
When tragedy struck, Latifah learned to depend on someone higher than herself. For her, this is God. In going through difficulties and tragedies in life she states, “You have to depend on someone higher than yourself.” Through anger, depression, and lost, she learned to live again. “There are times in life where God prepares you for what is about to happen, you can feel it even if, you can’t stop it.” It took months to get through it, but she learned to live again.
In living, Queen Latifah learned not to be afraid of failing. She lives her life to the fullest with adventure. “The worst thing in life is not failing but not to try is a travesty.” Queen Latifah’s words will lift the human spirit. “Put on your crown: Life-changing moments on the path to Queendom” will make you want to dust off your crown and place it on your head where it belongs. This is a book worth reading.