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~Queen Latifah to Speak at Wellesley on February 18~

For immediate release:
February 6, 2001


Mary Ann Hill
(781) 283-2373

WELLESLEY, 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.

The 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 and indicating full name, number of tickets, and school (if applicable).

Born 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.

In 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."

For 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 talk show.

In 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.

Harambee 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.


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