Queen Latifah is one of the most powerful actresses in Hollywood, but she is also a businesswoman, jazz singer, and first and foremost, a rapper. She started out as a rapper using the moniker Queen Latifah and her feet are solid in the bedrock of the hip-hop world. She recently starred in a film produced by her multimedia company, Flavor Unit, called “Just Wright” where she played fellow rapper, Common’s, physical therapist turned love interest. But, the movie was a financial flop grossing only a little over $22 million worldwide. Although the film was a great representation of black film. The language was PG and intelligent images of sensible, hard-working African Americans were plentiful. But, it doesn’t seem that the Queen’s public could accept her in that role.
The Queen, also known by her “gubment” name, Dana Owens, for most of her career has been suspected of being a lesbian. She’s been dodging the inquiries into her personal life, but there has been photos to say what she wouldn’t. A couple years ago, photos of her and her personal trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, surfaced and spread all over the Web showing them in a warm embrace on vacation. She has yet to confirm one way or another any type of relationship between them.
But in her new venture as executive producer of VH1’s “Single Ladies” starring LisaRaye McCoy-Misik and Stacey Dash, she recently popped up on the show as a news anchor that unwhittingly admits on-air that she had a sexual relationship with Stacey Dash’s character in college. Her character then uses the incident to her advantage once she becomes a public sensation because of her admission and as The Root puts it, not “in spite of it.”
The Root reported her character Sharon Love’s reaction to the incident saying:
“It turns out being gay is fabulous. My Twitter is all atwitter. I have six new Facebook fan pages. And for every sponsor that’s fallen out, I’ve gotten two more. Who knew? Being gay is the new black.”
Is she using this character to say what she’s always wanted to say and see the outcome she’s always wanted to see? Makes sense doesn’t it? How do you feel about her if she’s a lesbian? Does it matter as much anymore? If she had come out of the closet in the 80s it may have ended her career before it started. But, these are very different times…aren’t they?
Read more here about how she’s handled the rumors and where this new role might be taking her.