On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Queen Latifah will be honored at the W.E.B. Dubois Ceremony, for her work as a critically critically acclaimed television and film actress, musician, producer, entrepreneur, and author. Her acting accolades include an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax’s Chicago; an Emmy nomination, Golden Globe win and a SAG Award win for her role in Life Support; an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nomination and a SAG Award win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in Bessie, an HBO biopic; and a NAACP Image Award win for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special for her role in Flint, a Lifetime original.
Latifah has been recognized for her musical contributions as well: she has earned seven total Grammy nominations including a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994. She is widely considered one of the most influential women artists in hiphop.
She was most recently cast as Ursula in ABC’s upcoming live TV musical of The Little Mermaid. In 2017, she starred in Universal Pictures’ summer box office hit Girls Trip, alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish.
She has starred in over 40 feature films, has executive produced over 60 titles, and was the first hiphop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been a CoverGirl spokesperson for nearly 15 years, performed at the White House for President Barack Obama, and hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2014. Latifah has run her own makeup line for over 10 years, launched three successful fragrances, and authored two books.
Latifah also owns and operates Flavor Unit Entertainment, a production company, with her business partner, Shakim Compere.
As we reflect on Queen Latifah’s contributions to hiphop, HARI’s “All Hail the Queen: A Celebration of Queen Latifah” playlist features songs from Latifah’s discography.