Queen Latifah is best recognized for her rap career. Also, she made a name for herself as an actress and will star in The Equalizer reboot. Here is a look at Queen Latifah’s net worth, her early life and career as well other information related to Queen Latifah.
Queen Latifah’s net worth
Based on the research, Queen Latifah has an estimated net worth of $70 million. She is an American singer, rapper, actress, songwriter, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show hostess. Queen Latifah has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneering feminists. Born in Newark (New Jersey), Queen Latifah signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989. Then, on November 28, 1989, she released her debut album All Hail the Queen, featuring the hit single “Ladies First”. Her second and final album with Tommy Boy Records is Nature of a Sista (1991).
Early Life of Queen Latifah
On March 18, 1970, Queen Latifah was born in Newark, New Jersey. Queen Latifah grew up primarily in East Orange (New Jersey). Her parents split when she was ten years old. Her stage name, Latifah, in Arabic means “delicate” and “very kind.” She was a power forward on her high school girls basketball team. After Queen Latifah graduated from Irvington High School, then she took classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
In the late 1980s, Queen Latifah started beatboxing and got the notice of the host of “Yo! MTV Raps.” That song got the attention of Tommy Boy Music employee Dante Ross, who signed Queen Latifah. In 1988, she issued her first single: Wrath of My Madness. Queen Latifah made her mark in hip-hop by rapping regarding issues of the black women. Her songs covered topics on relationship problems, domestic violence, and harassment on the streets. In the year of 1989, Queen Latifah released her first album: All Hail the Queen. In the year of 1992, Queen Latifah received a Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Later, she released two more albums. She was signed by Motown Records for her fourth studio album: Order in the Court. After this album, she shifted to soul and jazz music. In 2004, she released “The Dana Owens Album.”
In the year of 2007, Queen Latifah was the headlining act in a live jazz performance at the Hollywood Bowl in LA. She was backed by a 10-piece orchestra. Her next album: Trav’lin Light, featured guest appearances from musicians of some genres. That album was nominated for a Grammy. Queen’s latest album: Persona was released in 2009 and then reached #3 on the US R&B chart. Her singles: Unity and Bananas reached #2 on the US Rap chart. She has sold over 2 million records worldwide during her music career.
Queen Latifah has appeared in many high profile films and television shows. One of her first roles was a guest-starring spot in 2 episodes of the second season of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” an NBC hit. From 1993-1998, Queen Latifah starred on FOX sitcom “Living Single”, which gained very high ratings. From 1991-2001, she was the host of the “Queen Latifah Show.” Then, she revamped it for two seasons in 2013 and 2014. Queen Latifah got attention after she was cast in the Chicago film, which won the Academy Award for the best picture. She was nominated for the best supporting actress for her role, however lost to co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Queen Latifah is one of R&B artists to receive an Oscar nomination in an acting category. In 207, she received her first Golden Globe, when she starred in the “Life Support” film, in which she portrayed an HIV-positive woman. Queen Latifah has starred in some movies including:
- “House Party 2”
- “Set It Off”
- “Brown Sugar”
- “Bringing Down the House”
- “Barbershop 2: Back in Business”
- “Beauty Shop”
- “Valentine’s Day”
- “Just Wright”
- “The Dilemma”
- “22 Jump Street”
- “Girls Trip”
In the year of 2017, she became an executive producer for the 3rd season of MTV’s slasher TV series “Scream,” that began airing in 2019. Her work in music, film, and television has obtained some awards and nominations including:
- A Golden Globe award
- Three Screen Actors Guild Awards
- Two NAACP Image Awards
- A Grammy Award
- Multiple additional Grammy nominations
- An Emmy Award nomination
- An Academy Award nomination.
On January 4, 2006, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Other Ventures of Queen Latifah
Outside of Queen’s entertaining career, Queen Latifah is a spokesperson for Pizza Hut, CoverGirl, and Jenny Craig. She has her own line of the cosmetics for women of color. Also, Queen Latifah has her own perfume line, with scents Queen and Queen of Hearts. Aside from that, she has also written a book, “Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman.”
Personal Life of Queen Latifah
In 1992, Latifah’s older brother was killed in a motorcycling accident. She has explained how her brother’s death led to a brief period of depression and drug abuse. In the year of 1995, Queen Latifah was a victim of a carjacking. In 1996, she was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Later, she was again arrested for driving under the influence in LA and did 3 years of probation. In 2018, she confirmed the death of her mother due to a heart condition.
In 1996, a feud between Queen Latifah and Foxy Brown began. Media reported that Foxy Brown was a target in Latifah’s diss track, “Name Callin,” that was on the “Set It Off” movie soundtrack. Foxy Brown began to publicly question Latifah’s sexuality in some radio interviews. In 1998, Foxy Brown released a diss record over the matter. Queen Latifah responded by releasing another diss record, dissing Brown regarding her reliance on skimpy outfits and sexuality to sell records. In 2000, they reconciled and performed a song together on “The Queen Latifah Show” to show a truce.