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Queen Latifah talks about babies, Guru & why Common is JUST WRIGHT

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Published on May 4, 2010

BlackTree TV CEO Jamaal Finkley sits down with Queen Latifah to talk about unfinished dreams, The Nets moving to Brooklyn, Common, her new movie Just Wright and the passing of hip hop legend Guru of GangStarr in this interview

QUEEN LATIFAH (Leslie Wright/Produced By) is a musician; television and film actress; a label president; an author and entrepreneur. Blessed with style and substance, Queen Latifah has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment conglomerate. Heralded by the press and the industry as a force to be reckoned with, Latifah has quite simply done it all and shows no sign of slowing down.
Latifah has had amazing success in Hollywood in recent years, and became the first hip hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 4, 2006. She received rave reviews, an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe® nomination and a SAG Award™ nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramaxs CHICAGO. Following CHICAGO, Latifah starred in Disneys box office hit BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, on which she also acted as executive producer.
Her latest TV Movie, Life Support, in 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. Latifah received rave reviews as well as an Emmy® nomination, a Golden Globe win and a SAG Award win. In July 2007 she starred in Neil Meron and Craig Zadans HAIRSPRAY playing Motormouth Maybelle, starred in MAD MONEY starring alongside Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes and THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, alongside Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fannning. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES won the Hollywood Film Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Latifah was also seen in Wayne Wangs THE LAST HOLIDAY, and starred in MGMs BEAUTY SHOP (a spin-off of the hit BARBERSHOP), which she also produced. She also appeared in Marc Forsters STRANGER THAN FICTION, playing opposite Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman and was the voice of Ellie the Wooly Mammoth in ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN.
To most people releasing multiple movies would be enough, but Queen Latifah wasnt satisfied. On September 25th, 2007 Latifah released her new album titled Travlin Light in which she was nominated for a Grammy. Co-produced by three time Grammy winner, Tommy LiPuma, this album is the long awaited follow up to Latifahs highly received and Grammy nominated The Dana Owens Album. The platinum-selling album was a collection of timeless classics chosen and covered by the Queen 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.
Queen Latifah is also one of musics most well respected rappers. From her ground breaking 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. A BlackTree Media Production Thank you for watching! Blacktree is at all the hottest events on the planet (award shows, movie premieres and press junkets, fashion shows, etc.) and now BLACKTREE ON TV brings stars to YOU on Soul of the South! Watch Full episodes below, and tune in!

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