Queen Latifah emerged on the musical scene in 1989 demanding respect with her debut album All Hail The Queen. Paving the way for a lot of female rappers to follow, her songs would often contain women-centered themes. Soon after her rap career took off, Queen Latifah switched hats and starred in the 90’s sitcom Living Single. After having proved her acting chops, the Queen, real name Dana Owens, continued to flourish in Hollywood by starring in Chicago as matron Mama Morton. The role helped her earn mainstream success and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Latifah also expanded her musical expression into soul and jazz music as a singer. These days she’s seeing a resurgence in her career by having another go round as a talk show host.