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The first thing Latifah bought with her first record deal? A gold tooth

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Queen Latifah is one of the great and respected artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.  She is known around the world for her great music and her amazing acting ability.  Sommer Payne, a young writer for our site, decided she wanted to profile Latifah in the first person with a list of a few things you may not know about her.

1. My favorite city is New York.

2. My first apartment was in the Bronx. Yeah! Yeah!

3. As a kid, I wanted to be a marine biologist…and a truck driver.

4. In high school, it was hard to ditch because my mom taught there. But I managed to find a way!

5. At 17, I became friends with MC Lyte. It was like befriending my favorite superhero.

6. I have three butterfly tattoos.

7. I nicknamed the set of my new talk show “Big Sexy.”

8. The acting bug bit me when I performed in Godspell in the ninth grade.

9. I cook a mean spaghetti!

10. I own the 1962 Chevy Impala from my movie Set It Off.

11. I have a French Jet Ski license.

12. I love sci-fi books and movies.

13. I once managed the careers of Outcast, LL Cool J, and Naughty By Nature.

14. I signed my first recording contract at age 17.

15. The first thing I bought after signing was a gold tooth – which I then lost within one week.


  1. Gentleben

    March 5, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Sounds good but is she gay?

  2. Carolyn M.

    March 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Gentleben why are you curious about her sexual preference? I’m not interested. She appears to be a decent role model.

  3. Lakeshia Banis

    March 10, 2020 at 11:05 am

    There are no words to show my appreciation!

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