Queen Latifah High School:
|Saint Anne's Catholic School|
Queen Latifah College:
|Borough of Manhattan Community College|
Before receiving her title of "royalty", Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18th, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey. Her mother, Rita, was an art teacher at Irvington High School--so education was something very important to their family. In second grade it was discovered that Dana was quite the intellectual, so they stretched the family budget to be able to place her into a Catholic School, Saint Anne's. It was at Saint Anne's that she received the nickname Latifah (meaning "delicate" and "very kind" in arabic), it was also here that she began to sing and rap in the locker rooms while prepping for her basketball games. She formed an all girls group called Ladies Fresh. They began to perform wherever they could; and they soon caught the ear of DJ Mark the 45 King, who was beginning his own career as a producer. He gave a demo of her rap, "The Princess Posse" to the host of "Yo! MTV Raps". After graduating from Saint Anne's, the Queen decided to continue her education by attending the Borough of Manhattan Community College. During her time there, she put out many raps and songs of her own, to the growing delight of all her fans. It turned out she had a head for business as well as a heart for rhythm and rap. One thing led to another, and she has become known as Hip Hop's First Lady; she certainly has ruled in our headphones with a fierce honesty and rawness that continues to draw us to her, but with all the kindness attributed to her moniker.