The Queen Latifah Show is a new daytime talk show that will have a Sept. 16 launch. It has already been sold to 94 percent of the country, including CBS’ 16 owned stations, mostly in afternoon time periods, and is the first talk-show acquisition for the powerful station group. Photo by Lorenzo Agius.
On Sexuality: “That’s mine. For me.”
“I don’t feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show,” Latifah says. “There’s the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there’s the part that’s mine to keep for myself. And that’s mine. For me.” Photo by Lorenzo Agius.
An Every Woman
“Lah is every woman,” says longtime friend Jada Pinkett Smith, who costarred with Latifah in the 1996 hit Set It Off. Pinkett Smith met Latifah in 1987 when she introduced the rapper as the opening act for Public Enemy at Baltimore’s Palladium. Pinkett Smith was a 16-year-old high school student, aspiring musician and actress at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Latifah was a 17-year-old MC making a name for herself.
Latifah has penned several books: Put On Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom, a 2010 self-help book, Queen of the Scene, a 2006 picture book, and Ladies First : Revelations of a Strong Woman, a 1998 memoir.
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The Royal (Product) Line
An all-around businesswoman, Latifah’s empire also includes several products, including Queen Collection ready-to-wear clothing line and the CoverGirl Queen Collection, as well as two fragrances: Queen by Queen Latifah and Queen of Hearts by Queen Latifah.
Inspired by the Queen
“I remember seeing her in black-and-white photos,” recalls Jada Pinkett Smith. “She was barefoot and wrapped in this African garb with this African headpiece. I was so inspired by the courage of this young female MC.” Twenty-five years later, Pinkett Smith is among the producers on The Queen Latifah Show (along with her husband, Will Smith, James Lassiter and Miguel Melendez).
‘All Hail the Queen’
Latifah’s first album, All Hail the Queen, was released in 1989 and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hip-Hop and R&B. The “Ladies First” singer continues to write music; she has a studio in her Beverly Hills home. “Music is second nature,” Latifah says.
In 2003, Latifah landed a spokesmodel contract with CoverGirl despite being “a little girthy at the hips,” she says. Her previous endorsements have included Jenny Craig, Zyrtec, Pizza Hut, Marriott and MasterCard.
Bringing the Positvity
“I have to be realistic about what I can and can’t do,” Latifah says. “So whatever I do has to really be worth it. I like to master the things I do. Making this show great, that’s my focus right now. I want to bring some positivity to daytime TV.”