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Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman

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Queen Latifah is a sensation.At nineteen, she was the first female solo rapper to have a major record deal. Four years later she had become a top television actress and movie star. She earned a Grammy, started a record label, and became the president of her own company. Today she is rap music's most enduring female force.

But how did Dana Owens, a young girl from Newark, Ne
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published December 16th 1998 by William Morrow
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Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I love how Queen shared about the movie "Set it Off", how people assumed she was gay after this movie and the relationships she had that did not work out...loss of her brother, etc. I love queen as a rapper, singer (does better), and actress! She set me off when she did "Set it Off" exceptional acting of all time! ...more
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The way Latifah grew up and how she got her name, how she evolved into a superstar!
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Find your inner Queen
Superfast read.
Ivan Magnus
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highly-recommend
"We can cause our own heartache. But we can also prevent it. You don't have to wake up in some strange bed, staring at the ceiling, feeling like crap. Just think - first. Know that the most important person you have to be true to, and the only person you have to answer to, is yourself." ...more
Leticia Adames
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is very inspiring. There was an excerpt of her introduction in my english text book, I enjoyed it so I took a copy out of my local libray. I really liked it and I would recomend it to others. Her mission is to empower women and with her book she suceeds. She was very relatable and spoke openly and humbly about things that I believe a lot of women feel but never voice. She made a very strong case why every woman should be a quenn and she is a good role model for women everywhere.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very positive, inspirational read. All Hail the Queen!
Kara Merry
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
a good ideas and clear language about women
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love Queen Latifah. This book is a great reminder of the Queen we all are.
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Really good so far. Its the story of her life and whatever.
Sista Sue
A book about how Queen Latifah came to be who she is.
Rotosca Gray
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very great book. She gave a lot of insight on her childhood & how her mother set great examples for her!
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I always adored The Queen and this book is a must read for every woman, young and old. She starts off by introducing us to her childhood growing up in underprivileged neighborhoods of New York. The strength of her mother was the focal point of her own self being. Although she mentioned how her dad was her King, Winki, her brother, was truly her life. She talked about how she found peace after her struggles through many life's battles and how God became a powerful force in her life. Appreciating ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-books
I have a couple of rules when I listen to music:
1. I have to be able to understand what they're saying
2. There's a no repeat rule (repeat something too many times and I shut you off)
3. No misogyny

Queen Latifah has always followed my rules and she's frequently in my playlist. I love that she's a strong woman, doing what she loves, and doing it well. Ladies First is an explanation of how she got to be so strong and the amazing support system she's built that keeps her that way.

I want to give this
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to make their librarian smile, queen latifah fans (duh)
this book is pretty good, i'm about 1/2 way through. it did make this intriguing-looking librarian return my smile for the first time ever, so that's pretty exciting.

....okay, so i finished it. not bad, as far as ghostwritten celebrity bios go. i especially enjoyed the part where she addresses "the gay rumors" and says, "just because i dance at a lesbian bar doesn't make me a lesbian. just because i dance at straight bars doesn't make me straight." sassy!
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another excellent "believe in yourself" book from the Queen herself. Her honesty about the ups and downs of her own life, and how she went from the projects to the big time, is endearing. A great book to share with the young women in your life who need to hear the message of staying true to yourself during turbulent times. ...more
Mrs. Doglvrs
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Every young woman should read this book -- Queen Latifah has a true way with words, shoots straight from the hip and lays down the law.
Amazing words about how to become the young woman God wants you to be and respecting yourself more than anyone else on the planet.

Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women young and old
This is one book I would recommend to all my girlfriends. For a woman in the public eye, Queen Latifah has a head on her shoulders. I would encourage young girls to read this and try to emulate their lives after her. She is an incredible role model.
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's an empowering book. It's a good read. ...more
Josh Knight
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for learning how to feel empowered while at the same time Learning how she got through her struggles and trials.
Nov 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: bio
this is a primary source of her life. She basicly wrote this herself. It's in good detail, and says so much about her strong feelings. ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this was a good read. Really made me look at her in a different life and realize how many lies are tryly in the media.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
i second that my she-ro comment.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Queen Latifah should have been a counsellor or someething...her ability to make you feel good about yourself is incredible
Winter Sophia Rose
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Portrait Of A Courageous Woman! I Loved It!
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love my oakland library branch melrose. After reading this book I resolved to try and look good for me, something that's not easy when you are a mother of a two year old. I love the queen. ...more
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Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, model, actress and CoverGirl model. Latifah's work in music, film and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination. ...more

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