"I think the reason I am here is to inspire African-American women who are rappers, full-figured women to know that they can do it, too," Queen Latifah, 35, said Wednesday at the unveiling of the sidewalk’s 2,298th star.
Well, she definitely inspires Black lesbians around the world too, I think she just forgot to mention that.
Born Dana Owens, Queen Latifah made her debut in 1989 with the seminal hip-hop album "All Hail the Queen." Her third album, "Black Reign," earned her a Grammy award in 1994.
Her leap to television in 1993 with the sitcom "Living Single" widened her appeal. She went on to star in such films as "Set It Off," playing the role of a streetwise lesbian, "Bringing Down the House," and 2005’s "Beauty Shop," which she also produced. Her role as Mama Morton in "Chicago" earned her a supporting actress Oscar nomination and brought her singing acclaim.
Her latest release, "The Dana Owens Album," is a jazzy collection of blues, pop and soul classics, and earned her a Grammy nomination last year.