Saturday, January 07, 2006

A Hip Hop First: Queen Latifah becomes 'A Star'

Queen Latifah's career has been paved with a long line of firsts:

She became the first female rapper nominated for an Academy Award (for 2002's Chicago); Her third album, Black Reign, was the first album by a female MC ever to go gold; And The Queen Latifah Show, which debuted in 1999, was the first daytime talk show hosted by a Hip Hop artist.

Earlier this week, Queen Latifah added another first to her already impressive list by becoming the first rapper to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Latifah had this to say about the accopmlishment: "I think the reason I am here is to inspire African-American women who are rappers, full-figured women to know that they can do it, too."

Latifah's latest film, The Last Holiday, co-starring LL Cool J, opens in theaters January 13th.