Mass. -- Grammy Award-winning recording artist. Television
and film actress. Talk show host. Record label president.
Queen Latifah wears all these hats and more. On Sunday,
February 18, Queen Latifah will share her experiences in
the music industry and her reflections on Black History
Month as she delivers the 2001 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Lecture at Wellesley College.
speech will begin at 7:00 pm in Alumnae Hall Auditorium
on the Wellesley campus. Tickets are free, but due to a
large anticipated audience, advance reservations are required.
Tickets can be reserved by calling 781-283-2133 between
10am and 4pm, Monday-Friday or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
and indicating full name, number of tickets, and school
Dana Owens 30 years ago in Newark, New Jersey, Queen Latifah
(whose name means 'delicate and sensitive' in Arabic) first
came to the public's attention in 1989 with the release
of her debut album "All Hail the Queen." In 1994, she won
a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance for the song "U.N.I.T.Y."
and established herself not only as a music talent but also
as a positive role model who would speak out on issues of
concern to other women, particularly young women. In December,
she was part of a panel at Harvard Law School that discussed
the racial profiling of hip-hop as an industry and a culture.
the midst of her busy music career, Latifah moved into television
and starred for five years in the hit series "Living Single."
From television, she branched into film acting and appeared
in movies such as "Jungle Fever," "Set It Off," "Living
Out Loud," and "The Bone Collector."
the past decade, she has run, with her business partner,
Flavor Unit Entertainment, which includes a record label,
an artist management company, and television and film production
companies. Since the fall of 1999, she has hosted her own
five-times-weekly nationally syndicated daytime television
addition to her many business enterprises, Queen Latifah
has established the Lancelot H. Owens Foundation, in memory
of her brother, which awards scholarships to worthy and
needy students. She also devotes a generous amount of her
time to charities, especially those that support children
and AIDS research.
House and Ethos,
an African American student organization, are hosting Queen
Latifah's visit to Wellesley as their annual Quintessence
Day lecture, a celebration of the proud legacy Black women
have bestowed upon this nation and the world as a whole.
The event is made possible through the support of the Committee
on Lectures and Cultural Events, the Office of Equal Opportunity,
and the Office of the President.