Latifah's mother was a catalyst; she was in touch with the students and the music. The basement of James's parents' house in East Orange, which was equipped with electronic and recording equipment, became the hangout of Latifah and her friends.
She invited Mark James, a local disc jockey known as D. They began to call themselves "Flavor Unit.", Fred Braithwaite (professionally known as "Fab 5 Freddy").
No longer reserved for frumpy mums, the one piece has achieved serious style status this season thanks to fashion forward prints and flattering cuts.Not to mention it's ability to eliminate any suggestion of a muffin top!The recording captured the attention of Tommy Boy Music employee Dante Ross, who immediately signed Latifah, and in 1988 issued her first single, "Wrath of My Madness." The track met with a positive response and afforded her the opportunity to launch a European tour, and to perform at the Harlem's famed Apollo Theater.The next year Latifah released her first album, As she began to earn money, Latifah displayed an interest in investment, putting money into a delicatessen and a video store on the ground floor of the apartment in which she was living.Queen Latifah‘s latest show must have been quite liberating for her.
At the 2012 Long Beach Pride event in California last weekend, the 42-year-old award-winning singer, rapper and actress officially came out as gay.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album All Hail the Queen the same year, featuring the hit single "Ladies First".
Her second album, Nature of a Sista (1991), was her final album with Tommy Boy Records. Y.", which won a Grammy Award and was successful on the Billboard Hot 100.
After a brief stint as a Burger King employee, she soon found herself making waves in the hip-hop music scene. Her debut single, "Wrath of My Madness," was released in 1988.
After working as the human beat box alongside Ladies Fresh, she was just 18 years old when she originally broke through in the late 1980s with a style that picked selectively from jazz, reggae, and soul traditions, from beats produced by 'D. A year later, her debut long-player, "All Hail the Queen," enjoyed favored reviews: an old, wise head was evident on the top of her young shoulders.
Latifah starred as Khadijah James on the FOX sitcom Living Single, from 1993 to 1998. She then starred in the lead role of Set It Off (1996) and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, in 1998, with Motown Records.