A one-woman entertainment conglomerate with a heart for giving back, Queen Latifah is a multi-award winning singer, rapper, record producer and actress known for her roles in the big screen adaptation of “Chicago” and the HBO film “Bessie.” The unofficial “Queen of Rap” received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.
"In life, and in business, you have to stand for what you believe in, and sometimes you have to stand alone. But, what makes you a leader is having the courage of your convictions".
Growing up, Queen Latifah learned early about the power of philanthropy; long before her debut album at the age of 19 sold the first of more than one million copies. Sharing her school lunches and collecting pennies to help others ignited a joy of giving that has grown with Queen Latifah’s career success, and today she supports programs that help youth, women and gays and lesbians, while also fighting hunger and serving as co-chairman of the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, Inc., which provides scholarships in memory of her brother.
In February, the Newark, New Jersey native announced plans to build affordable housing near the community where she attended high school, with 20 townhouses and a rental apartment building with 76 units, including 60 market-rate units and 16 affordable units. The $14 million project also will include commercial space to be rented by nonprofit organizations.