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QUEEN LATIFAH (Susan Warner) is a musician, television and film actress, a label president, an author and an entrepreneur. Blessed with style and substance, Latifah has blossomed into a onewoman entertainment conglomerate. Heralded by the press and the industry as a force to be reckoned with, she has quite simply done it all and shows no sign of slowing down.

Latifah has had amazing success in Hollywood in recent years, and on January 4, 2006, she became the first hip-hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She received rave reviews, an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Matron Mama Morton in Miramax's Chicago. Following Chicago, Latifah starred in Disney's box-office hit Bringing Down the House, for which she also served as executive producer.

Her latest television movie, Life Support, for which she was both the star and executive producer, is a true-life drama in which she plays a mother who overcomes an addiction to crack and becomes a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community. The film aired on HBO on March 10, 2007, and Latifah received rave reviews, as well as an Emmy Award nomination, and won Golden Globe and SAG awards. In July 2007, she starred in Neil Meron and Craig Zadan's Hairspray, playing Motormouth Maybelle, and was recently seen in the film Mad Money, starring alongside Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes.

In Fox Searchlight's The Secret Life of Bees, Latifah starred alongside Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning. Directed by Gina Prince- Bythewood, The Secret Life of Bees won the Hollywood Film Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.

Most recently, Latifah starred in the romantic comedy Just Wright, which she also produced. Latifah was seen in Wayne Wang's Last Holiday and starred in MGM's Beauty Shop (a spin-off of the hit Barbershop), which she also produced. She also appeared in Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction, playing opposite Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman, and was the voice of the woolly mammoth in Ice Age: The Meltdown.

To most people, releasing multiple movies would be enough but Queen Latifah wasn't satisfied. On September 25, 2007, Latifah released her album titled "Trav'lin' Light,” for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award. Co-produced by three-time Grammy winner Tommy LiPuma, the album was the long-awaited follow up to Latifah's highly received and Grammy-nominated "The Dana Owens Album.” The platinum-selling album is a collection of timeless classics chosen and covered by Latifah herself. As Latifah demonstrated both in Living Out Loud (1998) and her Oscar®-nominated performance in Chicago (2002), her vocal talent is as impressive as her acting.

In August 2009, her latest album, titled "Persona,” was released. Executive produced by Cool and Dre, "Persona” brings together the two worlds of hip-hop and pop, creating a new sound for the Queen. Queen Latifah is also one of music's most well-respected rappers. From her groundbreaking 1989 debut, "All Hail the Queen,” which set the visual and contextual standard for female rappers, to her bold foray into R & B, Latifah continues to define what a woman in the music industry should be. She has earned four Grammy nominations as well as a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994. Latifah toured the U.S. as part of the Sugar Water Festival with fellow soul sisters Erykah Badu and Jill Scott.

Queen Latifah and her partner, Shakim Compere, own and operate the production company Flavor Unit Entertainment. The company, based in New Jersey, is quickly establishing itself as one of the most important production companies in the film industry. They began by executive producing the box-office hit Bringing Down the House and then continued with MGM's Beauty Shop. They are also co-producing the action-comedy Bad Girls at Paramount Pictures, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Overbrook Entertainment. They also produced The Cookout, with Lionsgate.

Latifah is also not a stranger to the small screen. Her first television series, Living Single, was a huge success and is currently in syndication. From the small screen, Latifah made the leap to film and her acting skills have earned her the status of leading lady.

Since her screen debut in Spike Lee's 1991 film Jungle Fever, her film career has taken off. She starred in Set It Off, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female, and she co-starred, with Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito, in the critically acclaimed Living Out Loud. In 1999, she was seen in Universal Pictures'The Bone Collector, directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Denzel Washington.

In addition to music, film and television, Latifah has also written a book on self-esteem titled "Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman.” Latifah's new book, "Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom,” was released in May 2010.

Latifah is diligent in her pursuit of excellence as is evident by the awards she has received for her work in film and music. Her sincere concern for others is revealed by the generous amount of time and money that she donates to worthwhile charitable organizations. Every year, Latifah serves as co-chairman for the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation. Established by her mother, Rita Owens, to perpetuate the memory of a loving son and brother, the foundation provides scholarships to students who excel scholastically but are limited by financial resources.

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