Queen Latifah’s Latest Book: Put on Your Crown
I remember the very first time I ever saw Queen Latifah. It was courtesy of MTV (you know, when they actually showed MUSIC videos) and her “Ladies First” video from her debut album “All Hail The Queen.”
It was late at night, and I was in the basement by myself while everyone else slept and I was enjoying watching whatever I wanted, free from having to fight the losing battle of who controls the television; my brothers always won.
And then suddenly, there she was, filling up the screen. I plugged my massive head phones into the TV so I could turn it up louder. I sat, eyes wide, jaw dropped, listening to every word.
The ladies will kick it, the rhyme that is wicked
Those that don’t know how to be pros get evicted
A woman can bear you, break you, take you
Now it’s time to rhyme, can you relate to
A sister dope enough to make you holler and scream
I’d never seen a Black woman rap before- not on TV. And here she was, rappin’ in her own video with a message…about the power of women. Amazing.
In the 21 years since, Latifah has had a level of mainstream success more performers can only dream of, with movies like The Bone Collector, Chicago, and Set It Off.
Her music has also evolved- from rap, to jazz and her most recent studio album, Persona.
Now Latifah is out with a new book that sheds light into her life and career. Her revealing and humble memories and advise comes from the same place Ladies First did- a desire to empower young women to be the best and most fulfilled women they can.
She describes life as a series of defining moments, and tells how- for her- these moments directly impact one’s path in a host of categories, including love, money, loss, strength and joy.
She urges women to restore themselves, to support each other and draw on the collective wisdom/strength to accomplish living the life deserved.
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