Queen Latifah is one of my favorite actresses. Not only is she funny & sassy, she also seems to be a genuinely good person. I love the way she carries herself with confident grace. She has had a lot of obstacles to overcome in life to be who she is today, a strong and generous woman. I think she is inspiring and a good role model for young women.
One of the things I love about Queen Latifah is that she fights airbrushing and photoshopping. She says that flaws-and-all is special and better than perfect. Her new book Put on Your Crown is part memoir and part inspiration for young girls and women to build their self-confidence. She talks about her own imperfections being part of what she loves about herself. “For the most part, I’ve been fortunate that photographers have not gone crazy and digitized my image beyond recognition. But I have had issues with the scar on my forehead. Sometimes I have to fight to make sure they leave it alone. I got that scar when I was 3 years old playing tag with my brother… that scar reminds me of my childhood and the fun times I had with my brother. It’s part of who I am. I love that scar!” She is a beautiful woman, inside and out, which is why I think she is special.
She stars in lots of fun movies. Here are some you can borrow from OWL:
Last Holiday (2006) This is one of my favorite movies. Georgia Byrd, a shy salesclerk, finds out she has a month to live so she sets out on a dream vacation. She travels to a European resort spa and eats delicious food, wears fancy dresses and enjoys life to the fullest.
Just Wright (2010). Leslie Wright is a physical therapist who is chosen to work with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight. She starts to fall in love with him but her childhood friend Morgan steals him away.
Mad Money (2008). Three women employees of the Federal Reserve Bank plot to steal cash that is being destroyed. Family problems start to arise that the women have to confront before they can make their plan work.
Chicago (2002) This is a musical where Queen Latifah plays Matron Mama Norton, the corrupt prison warden. She performs the songs “When You’re Good to Mama” and “Class”.
Beauty Shop (2005) A funny film where Gina opens a beauty shop with a bunch of sassy hair-stylists and clients who all speak their minds!
Stranger than Fiction (2006): In this film, Queen Latifah plays Penny, the assistant to the author whose stories start to become reality as she writes them.
Valentine’s Day (2010): Several couples’ relationships are tested in this romantic movie. Queen Latifah plays Paula Thomas, a supporting role, who provides some comic relief.
Secret Life of Bees (2008): In this film (based on the book Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd) Queen Latifah plays August Boatright, one of the sisters who takes Lily in as their foster daughter.
We also have two of her CDs:
The Dana Owens Album (her given name) is a collection of cover songs that she sings beautifully.
I love the song How Long (Betcha’ Got a Chick on the Side) on her album Trav’lin’ Light. This album has more songs written by her. Its bluesy/gospel feel is really fun!
I will leave you with another quote from Queen Latifah on beauty:
“I wish every woman would learn to love herself and embrace what she was given naturally, even her small imperfections. The point is to be healthy, feel good in your own skin, and play up your best assets. Whether you’re short or tall, thick or thin, the beauty comes from how you carry yourself, how you care for your appearance, and the inner glow that confidence brings.”
Jesse Lee Harmon is the bookkeeper/library assistant at OWL.