Dana Owens has made a career off of doing things her way. Hailing from Newark, New Jersey, she came onto the rap scene as a member of the Native Tongues crew with a star quality one just couldn’t help but pay attention to. Almost thirty years later, she is one of the most trailblazing women in Hollywood and done so while keeping it hip hop the whole way.
While she may be have played a significant role in hip hop’s landscape, she is one of most celebrated black actresses. She has a sitcom that has been in syndication for almost twenty years, a successful talk show, and am Oscar nomination. To commemorate her starring as the iconic-yet often unsung-entertainer Bessie Smith, this week’s Flashback Friday is dedicated to the Queen’s moments on the silver screen.