July 9, 2010
Posted: 04:25 PM ET
DON'T MISS QUEEN LATIFAH ON LARRY KING LIVE TONIGHT!
Via The Star-Ledger
Queen Latifah is a Renaissance woman in the truest sense. In addition to being a Grammy-winning recording artist and an Oscar-nominated actress, she’s a pitchwoman, an author, a businesswoman and a philanthropist. It’s mind-boggling how many titles that one can tack on besides, of course, Queen.
Once upon a time, she was also a B-baller. When she was Dana Elaine Owens, she played a little basketball on the Irvington High School team. Born in Newark in 1970 to Rita, a teacher at Irvington High, and Lancelot Sr., a police officer, Latifah spent her formative years in Newark and East Orange.
As we know, she did not pursue a career in basketball.
Through her acquaintance with D.J. Mark the 45 King, she met MTV host Fab Five Freddy, landed a deal at Tommy Boy Records and released her first album “All Hail the Queen” in 1989 when she was just 19.
Latifah remains a loyal New Jersey Nets fan to this day, as evident in this spring’s “Just Wright.” In the film, she plays physical therapist Leslie Wright, whose love interest is Scott McKnight (played by rapper Common), an all-star for the Nets.
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