Queen Latifah graces cover of Essence Jan ’12

Queen Latifah Graces the Jan 2012 Issue of Essence

Jersey girl Dana “Queen Latifah” Owens graces the Jan 2012 cover of Essence magazine. Marking her return to daytime television, the rapper turned actress turned producer and model opens up about her successful career in the entertainment industry. She also addressed comparisons between her and Oprah Winfrey in the upcoming issue.

“People say I’m going to be the next Oprah. No. Oprah is still Oprah. I’ll be the next me. I feel like there’s always a lane for me as long as I’m true to myself” says Latifah.

This year alone, Latifah opened a brand new movie studio with business partner Shakim Compere in Miami. Flavor Unit Studios, the Miami sound stages built by Latifah and Compere, serve as the home to the duos film and television productions. Latifah also stars alongside country legend Dolly Parton in a new film called ‘Joyful Noise.’

The Jan 2012 issue of Essence hits stands soon.

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