The Musings of a Queen: Inside Queen Latifah’s Empire


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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