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Queen Latifah Talks “Numbing” Herself With Alcohol In The Past To Deal With Molestation And Her Brother’s Death
Queen Latifah is having a pretty awesome year. Her talk show is a huge hit, and she’s happier than ever. But she wasn’t always feeling on top of the world. Queen La opened up to Good Housekeeping about going through a state of depression in the mid ’90s that had her numbing herself with alcohol. This sadness was brought on by the death of her brother, Lance Jr., who died in a car accident in 1992, riding the motorcycle she bought him. It was also amplified when she was carjacked and her good friend who was riding with her almost died after being shot the carjacker. Here’s what Latifah had to say about how she dealt with that time:
“My life was rocked to the core. And I felt guilty because I was angry at God.
Drinking a bunch of alcohol, numbing myself. Every day I would be faded, like a painting that’s just not vibrant, whose edges are dull. I wasn’t living my full life.”
After she was arrested in 1996 for driving with marijuana and a loaded gun (which she had to protect herself after the carjacking), she took the advice of good friend Jada Pinkett Smith and sought therapy to deal with her depression. By doing so, many things that she was hiding inside came to light, including pain from being molested when she was a five-year-old by her babysitter. The therapy was the first step to her getting back to happy.
“We ignore our feelings a lot, I realize. Many of us have to…until they really bite us in the butt. What set me free was looking at it from a different perspective. I was 5, manipulated and afraid. You have to say something. The power of those who perpetrate the abuse is your fear and your shame…and that’s unacceptable.”
She also came to grips with the loss of her brother through her faith in God:
“I was continuously praying. I realized that wasn’t helping me or my brother. I learned that God was going to provide comfort; I know He is always listening and guiding.
I got this little message in my head that I feel was from God. It was as clear as day, like a voice that said to me, Dana, don’t let it all go, because you’re gonna get through this. Nobody is perfect. I know that I’m not a saint, but God’s love is there for me. I know that I need help to make it through every day, so I pray to God to help me do the best I can, to lift me up when I am tired and help me develop into the person He wants me to be…I am always surrounded by His love, and He is always there.”
Looooove Queen! Check out her full interview with Good Housekeeping here and let us know what you think of her story.
Celebrities are often paid thousands of dollars to lend their notable faces for the endorsement of popular products and beauty services, but these business-minded beauties have decided to go after much larger pieces of the pie by going into business for themselves and establishing their own product lines and brands.
On the realest tip, putting this slideshow together has made me want to go home and watch Just Wright from start to finish. It’s just so precious! The good girl wins out and gets the guy– and not the nerdy guy who loved her from afar while she was attracted to the captain of the basketball team, she gets the captain of the basketball team. It’s a romantic comedy made in heaven. You know the story, you love this actors in this flick and it might even be in your DVD collection but we bet you don’t know these behind the scenes secrets.
Queen Latifah Responds To Barneys Racial Discrimination Allegations: ‘I’d Hate To Have To Boycott Them’
If you’ve been wondering how other celebs are feeling about the racial discrimination allegations being brought against Barneys, the feelings appear to be mixed. While Kevin Hart and his girlfriend, Eniko, were recently spotted splurging at Barneys Beverly Hills, it looks like Queen Latifah is prepared to boycott if need be. During a recent interview with Necole Bitchie, the daytime talk show host addressed the controversy.
“We’ve been going through this for a long time. We know that this is something that has been continuous in our community for us when we go into various stores. I would hope that that’s not the case with Barneys. That some people got overzealous and did the wrong thing and that it’s not the whole corporation because I like Barneys and I’d hate to have to boycott them! That would be terrible,” she said.
“I’m hoping that this whole situation gets solved and it’s a lesson to everybody else and these other stores to be cognizant of your shopper. Just because you have on a baseball cap doesn’t mean you don’t have money. We don’t have to justify where we got the money to buy an expensive belt,” she continued.
She went on to address Jay Z’s involvement with the company, expressing that she agrees with the way he’s handling things so far.
“I don’t know that it’s there. I think that Jay Z’s been pretty clear when it’s hit him close to home [and] when things just don’t sit right with him, but obviously things warrant further investigation.”
Watch Queen’s interview on the next page.
Celebrities put their names on just about anything and makeup lines are no exception. From “Basketball Wives” to supermodels and singers — everyone is getting in on the beauty business with their own brand of cosmetics. Here are 15 celebrity makeup lines we’d consider to beat our face.
Vidalux Cosmetics by Evelyn Lozada features different lip glosses, lipsticks, bronzers, eye shadows, liners, blushes and more. The line is fun and colorful and Evelyn’s beautiful daughter Shaunice serves as the spokesmodel for the website.
Who said that Nicki Minaj doesn’t know how to pay homage to the female lyricists that came before her?
Undoubtedly the biggest woman rapper we have out right now, Nicki Minaj has worked with MAC Cosmetics, done her first film role, and just premiered her first clothing line with K Mart. She’s been able to do such great things because of someone like Queen Latifah, a woman who started off as a rapper and has become a brand thanks to her many film roles, her TV show and production work, her endorsements of CoverGirl, her own fashion collection for QVC and more. People who didn’t know her when she dropped All Hail The Queen in ’89 love her now as a household name. So when Minaj sat down with Queen La on her show recently, she had to give her the necessary props.
Queen: “I’m sitting here with a female rapper on a talk show started by a female rapper. This is a moment for me. Respect. It really is a full-circle moment for me, I would have never envisioned this.”
Nicki: “You’ve opened so many doors for me and so many other women. And it’s insane because I always reference you when I talk about female rappers who’ve like kinda paved the way in terms of a businesswoman and mogul and just all around entertainer, and to be sitting here doing your show is just a great moment for hip-hop, so thank you for having me.”
Digging all the U.N.I.T.Y. Check out that clip from the interview below, and tune in for their full conversation during the show on Tuesday on CBS.
Our favorite award show is coming up next weekend and with the women slated to be honored at Black Girls Rock! 2013 we can tell there are some great things in store for this year’s ceremony.
The two-hour show will once again be hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King and will tape on Saturday, October 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center before making its network TV premiere on BET on Sunday, November 3 at 7pm EST. BET, in partnership with Beverly Bond, the creator of Black Girls Rock! announced that the following phenomenal women will be recognized this year for, well, rocking:
Patti Labelle: Living Legend Award
Queen Latifah: Rock Star Award
Mara Brock Akil: Shot Caller Award
Venus Williams: Star Power Award
Community organizer Ameena Matthews: Community Activist Award
Misty Copeland: Young, Gifted & Black Award
Children’s civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman: Social Humanitarian Award
In a news release, Beverly Bond said of this year’s honorees:
“Each of the women, whom we are celebrating this year, epitomize the champion’s spirit as applicable to their respective fields. They are anchored by a fierce commitment to their craft or cause; they have shown the ability to navigate multiple sectors and industries successfully; and they are conscious about the role they play in enriching our society and culture. They absolutely Rock!”
We definitely agree. Will you be watching Black Girls Rock! 2013?
All hail the Queen!
The LA Times reports Queen Latifah’s new talk show has averaged 1.8 million viewers an episode during the first week it premiered. Her talk show debuted September 16 but is already a daytime favorite. “The Queen Latifah Show” has outperformed the talk show it replaced called the “The Doctors” and advertisers are reportedly willing to invest in her show because she is a reliable brand that will attract consumers through daytime television.
The ratings of Queen Latifah’s hour-long talk show bypassed that of another new talk show on the circuit, “Bethenny” which is hosted by Bethenny Frankel of the “Real Housewives Of New York.” During her show’s first week, Queen Latifah interviewed Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, John Travolta and Jake Gyllenhaal, which turned out to be a winning combo for her. She’s right on the heels of another one of our faves, “The Steve Harvey Show,” which, according to the LA Times, is bringing in 2.1 million viewers per day.
Congratulations to Queen Latifah! Have you been watching “The Queen Latifah Show”?
See! While some people thought Marina Shifrin was crazy and unprofessional for making a job resignation video, Queen Latifah clearly thought she was a genius, because the successful daytime talk show host has offered the young woman a job.
The video went viral a few days ago and it shows Shifrin dancing to Kanye West’s “Gone” as she lets her bosses at her Taiwan-based Next Media Animation job know she was “outie 5000.” Since then, it has been seen by more than 10 million people and made national news, getting Shifrin’s name out in the streets. It seems that a simple video that started as something she shared with friends and family will be the gold mine that gets her back on her feet. She sat down with Queen Latifah this morning and on the episode, Latifah asked Shifrin why she did the video and if she has regrets. Shifrin, who was all set to go ahead and try her hand at stand-up comedy next had this to say:
“Some people think I’ll never get hired, but luckily with stand-up comedy, you just need an angry bartender to let you on to stage [laughs].
Sometimes I think you need to forcefully close one door in order for the other one to open a little easier.”
After that, Queen La asked Shifrin if she was looking for a job, and she joked with the host, asking, “Yeah, are you hiring?”
To her surprise, Latifah said she could create a position for her:
“Now that you mention it, I like to be surrounded by cool, creative, interesting people. And with your experience, maybe I can create a position. What if I create something called…digital content producer? Would that be something you’re interested in?”
Shifrin thought Latifah was joking, but she definitely wasn’t.
“I’m a humorous person, but you’re the stand-up. I’m a boss. And bosses can hire!”
So what did Shifrin say? She’s not a fool. She accepted Latifah’s offer and is going from news video creator, to Internet sensation, to a soon-to-be stand-up comedian, and now a gainfully employed young lady for the talk show’s website. Congrats!
Check out Shifrin receiving the job offer from Queen La:
“I’m Not Going To Pretend To Be Oprah Winfrey”: Queen Latifah Shares How She Feels About Her Talk Show
Queen Latifah has mass appeal. Something about the hip-hop veteran who once donned dashikis and kufis, draws mainstream audiences in. On its debut, “The Queen Latifah Show” that premiered Sept 16 brought in a 1.7 household rating– the second most popular debut of a talk show since “Dr. Oz” in 2009. The ratings and her overall career have proven that Latifah has enough star power to draw in a diverse array.
She talks about all this and more for the October issue of More magazine. In the cover spread Latifah poses for Peggy Sirota in natural makeup and little flash. Her inner beauty shines.
On her talk show: “This is a learning experience. I’m not going to pretend to be Oprah Winfrey. That woman built a 25-year show. I’ve got to get through week one, then month one. I expect to make mistakes and learn and grow.”
On losing her brother: “Jada [Pinkett-Smith] was the ﬁrst person who got me to go to therapy. I was really having problems dealing with the loss. I didn’t feel. It was like I had a circuit breaker. When I felt any emotion too much, whether it was joy, fear, love, it would turn right off. So that was scaring me. I thought I was about to live my life not living my life. I was doing things to numb whatever was left or looking for little rushes of some sort. Going through the motions, doing my job, showing up for work but not feeling.” – See more at: http://styleblazer.com/186681/queen-latifah-whips-hair-magazines-october-issue/#sthash.I3eyXOl0.dpuf
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