Queen Latifah

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Dana Elaine Owens

Also Known As: "Queen Latifah"
Current Location:: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Birthplace: Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Private and Rita Lamay Owens
Sister of Private
Half sister of Private and Private

Occupation: Rapper Entertainer
Managed by: Erica Howton
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

    • Private
    • Private
    • Private
      father's ex-spouse
    • Private
      half sibling
    • Private
    • Private
      half sibling

About Queen Latifah

Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show host. She has long been considered one of hip-hop's pioneer feminists.


Latifah was born in Newark, New Jersey, and lived primarily in East Orange, New Jersey.[5] She is the daughter of Rita (née Bray), a teacher at Irvington High School (Latifah's alma mater) and Lancelot Owens, Sr, a police officer.[6][7][8] Her parents divorced when Latifah was ten.[8]

Latifah's older brother, Lancelot Jr., was killed in 1992 in an accident involving a motorcycle that Latifah had recently bought him.[8]

  • Wikipedia
    • 5. On Da Come Up with Clap Cognac from HipHopRuckus.com, date February 24, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2009.
    • 6. Owens attended Essex Catholic Girls' High School in Irvington, but graduated from Irvington High School, Hyman, Vicki (July 18, 2007). "The Queen holds court". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved July 21, 2007.
    • 7 Witchel, Alex (October 5, 2008). "Her Highness Still Rules". The New York Times.
    • 8. Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2006
  • official site, imdb, emmys.com, "Latifah, Queen." Contemporary Black Biography. 2007. Encyclopedia.com. 30 Apr. 2015 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>, Queen Latifah by Amy Ruth. Twenty-First Century Books, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages, Corbis images Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony
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Queen Latifah's Timeline

March 18, 1970
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
August 3, 1973
Silver Spring, Montgomery, MD, United States