Queen Latifah is an American rapper, singer and an actress. She was born as Dane Elaine Owens before adapting her screen name of Queen Latifah. She was born on March 18, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey.
Her rap debut came with the 1988 single 'Wrath of My Madness', and would have her first album under Tony Boy Records released in 1989, entitled 'All Hail the Queen'.
Her rap career lasted more than a decade (1989-2002). Latifah made a leap from hip-hop to soul and jazz music, and released 'The Dana Owens Album', in 2004. Her 2007 album 'Trav'lin Light', earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
In 2008, she returned to the hip-hop scene. Her film credits include 'Jungle Fever', 'My Life', 'House Party 2', 'Hoodlum', 'Chicago', and 'The Bone Collector', among others.
She was critically acclaimed with Best Supporting Actress nominations for 'The Bone Collector' and 'Chicago'.