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Queen Latifah's Real Estate Development Firm Set To Create New Affordable Housing In Her Hometown

Queen Latifah is putting on for her city in a major way. According to News 12, the superstar has secured a new deal to create new housing in Newark, NJ through Blue Sugar Corporation — her real estate development firm. “To me, Newark is ours. Newark is yours. And I don’t want people to think that they can’t live in their own communities,” she told News 12.

Apr 29, 2022

How Queen Latifah's Wise Business Moves Molded Her $70M Empire

Queen Latifah is definitely responsible for a lot of “firsts” for Black female rappers. She’s the first Black female rapper to be nominated for an Oscar (for Best Supporting Actress in 2003’s “Bessie”) and the first Black female rapper to be halfway to a coveted EGOT (according to CBS Watch Magazine). Queen Latifah was the first rapper to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (per Billboard, she achieved the honor in 2006). And her third album, “Black Reign,” became the first album by a Black female rapper to receive an RIAA certification, ultimately snagging a gold certification (per Apple TV). In short, the Queen knew how to give it to ’em at a time “they” weren’t sure they even needed it, and she’s more than a little responsible for rap music becoming the culturally dominant force it is today. These days, Queen Latifah is perhaps best known for her acting career thanks to the success of films like “Set It Off” and television shows like “Living Single” and, most recently,...

Queen Latifah Opens Up About Obesity For Campaign With Pharmaceutical Company Nova Nordisk

Queen Latifah is debunking the false stereotypes of obesity in her latest campaign with pharmaceutical company Nova Nordisk. AfroTech previously reported that Queen Latifah signed an audible deal to highlight activists in different sectors. Now, her latest venture hits closer to home as she tackles an issue that has loomed over her career for decades. Conceptualized with director Chris Robinson, “It’s Bigger Than Me” allows Latifah to share her experience of living with obesity through four impactful and creative video snippets. View this post on Instagram A post shared by It's Bigger Than Me (@itsbiggerthan) As a star in the industry, Latifah developed insecurities struggling to maintain a healthy weight in the limelight. The Hollywood actress first learned she was obese upon working with a trainer for a movie role earlier in her career. “I fell into the category of obesity, and it took a trainer to educate me about what it was when I was trying to lose weight for a project,”...

Oct 12, 2021

Queen Latifah Snags Exclusive First-Look Deal With Audible

Queen Latifah has entered into a new, exclusive deal with Audible. In a press release announcement, it was revealed that the rap legend and star of CBS’s hit show “The Equalizer” has entered into a first-look deal with the audiobook streaming company. Through Flavor Unit — the production company she co-founded with longtime business partner Shakim Compere — the Queen will produce exclusive audio content for the platform. The first bit of content up for proffer is called Streets, “Rhymes & Sugar: A Hip-Hop Memoir,” and it’s from entrepreneur and screenwriter Michael Elliot (“Brown Sugar,” “Just Wright,” “Like Mike”), which will be released on August 5, 2021. This short-form Audible Original will chronicle Elliot’s path from a homeless teenager on the streets of Philadelphia to a successful screenwriter. Also coming from Elliot is a scripted romantic comedy, “Technically Speaking,” about a single mom who falls for the founder of the big tech company she works for in Silicon Valley....

Meet Hollywood's Highest-Paid Black Actors and Actresses

Black Hollywood has historically made major contributions to the TV and film industries. However, many Black actors and actresses don’t get their proper shine or pay for their work. Here, we are spotlighting some of the highest-paid Black actors and actresses who’ve reaped the benefits from their fruitful careers. Halle Berry ($90 million) Photo Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) Halle Berry’s acting career is highly regarded in the entertainment industry. She became the first Black woman to win an Academy Award for “Best Actress” and has starred in classic films like “Boomerang,” “Monster’s Ball,” “X-Men” and more. Berry has opened doors for many Black actresses and her efforts continue to set the standard for Black Hollywood. Queen Latifah ($70 million) Photo Credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images Queen Latifah has had a very rewarding acting career. Even though she began with music, the Oscar-nominated, Grammy and Emmy award-winning actress ventured off to Hollywood starring...

Apr 10, 2020