Dana Elaine Owens (aka Queen Latifah) was born on March 18, 1970 in Newark, NJ. Often considered hip-hop’s first lady, she is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actress, model, TV and record producer, and talk show host. Her name means “delicate and sensitive” in Arabic. She has often been anything but, in her rhymes and the messages she sends out through them. Her album Black Reign (1993) included “U.N.I.T.Y.”, a Grammy Award winner. Latifah starred on the sitcom Living Single, and gained mainstream success with her performance in the film Chicago. She has appeared in Bringing Down the House, Taxi, Barbershop 2, Last Holiday, Hairspray and Joyful Noise. She created the daytime talk show The Queen Latifah Show. Latifah portrayed blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie. Her latest role is in the comedy Girls Trip.