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Ladies First [Paperback]

Queen Latifah
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Jan. 13 2000
Queen Latifah is a sensation.

At nineteen, she was the first female solo rapper to have a major record deal. Four years later she had become a top television actress and movie star. She earned a Grammy, started a record label, and became the president of her own company. Today she is rap music's most enduring female force.

But how did Dana Owens, a young girl from Newark, New Jersey, become Queen Latifah and make it to the top of the charts? The most powerful voice in rap has always been quiet about her life.

Until now.

At once autobiographical and inspirational, Ladies First is the story of a young woman, making tough decisions and terrible mistakes -- about sex and drugs and about who was real and who wasn't -- before she was old enough to drive. It is about the reign of depression that descended on her after her brother's tragic death and how she found a sustaining love in God when it seemed the world was trying to break her. Ladies First is about being confident and sensual in a big, strong body and about blocking out the junk to let in the good. It is about how anyone -- whether from the poorest means or the richest -- can hold her head high in a world full of attitude.

In a queen's universe, each experience is a lesson. Keeping it real and making no excuses, Queen Latifah shares her truth about what's important in life. Full of wisdom and revelations, Ladies First will instill in you the same self-esteem, respect, and courage that brought Queen Latifah peace and her independent edge. Allow her to guide you to discover who you are -- inside and out-as you discover who she is.

Ladies First is one woman's journey to find the riches that were in her life all along, and it is a message of majesty for everyone.With Ladies First, the queen who lives within all of us will rise.


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"I am not a psychologist or a sociologist," Queen Latifah points out. "I don't have any degrees, and I'm not an expert on life. What I am is a young black woman from the inner city who is making it, despite the odds, despite the obstacles I've had to face in the lifetimes that have come my way." In Ladies First, she talks about the importance of women making the move to be strong and self-reliant, using her own rise to stardom as a rapper and actress as an example. The drive and ambition have been with her since childhood: when she was very young and boys would ridicule her for wanting to play basketball with them, she retorted, "I'm not a tomboy--I'm just an athlete." Later, as a teenager, she would sneak out at night and go with friends to New York City to explore the emerging hip-hop scene, eventually cutting her first single in 1987. She talks about the choices she's made about drugs and sex and how she's learned as much from her mistakes as from her successes. And she addresses, glancingly, the rumors about her sexuality that have dogged her for years, and why she'd rather just ignore them: "I want people to see me as someone who is proud and comfortable with who I am.... Be secure in yourself. You don't need me--or any other public person, for that matter--to validate you." That basic principle, applied to all aspects of life, is the core of Ladies First. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Queen Latifah is perhaps rap's most recognizable female artist, having parlayed a successful music career into several high-profile film and television roles. Part of her appeal stems from her relatively unique image, one that eschews spandex and innuendo for a tougher, earthier confidence. Less an autobiography than a motivational tract, this book attempts to impart the philosophy behind Latifah's image and, in so doing, "let every woman know that she, too... is royalty." She does this by basing the narrative loosely around some of the major events in her life: her parents' divorce, her experiences growing up in inner-city Newark, her initial forays into the rap scene and her brother's death in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. Also included are Latifah's views on drug use, God, romance and sex. Her personal recollections, while frank and heartfelt, serve mainly as touchstones for aphoristic observations on self-esteem and faith; the text is peppered with assertions such as "It's harder to feel bad with your head held high" and "The key is not to rule others but to reign over yourself." While the goal here is inspiration rather than revelation, fans may feel cheated by what's left out. No insights are offered regarding Latifah's music career, creative process or her decision to move into acting; her star-making lead role on the television series Living Single is covered in half a sentence. Ultimately, however, Latifah's positive "be yourself" attitude is infectious, and readers are bound to come away from this book wanting?at least a little bit?to be like Latifah.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Positivley Uplifting!!!!!!!!!!!!! July 17 2003
Format:Paperback
She's been through it all to stand the test of time. She instantly became smart and wise from her mistakes and moved on to become the Blessed and Strong Queen of the Millineium. All Hail to the Queen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~* life about Queen Latifah~* Jan. 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Ladies First is the uplifting story of the author. Queen Latifah is known to be the first female to be a solo rapper and get a record deal. She has also become a top television actress and movie star. She got a Grammy and became the president of her own company. Ladies First is about a girl named Dana Owens who is from Newark, New Jersey and how she becomes Queen Latifah and the things she went through because of a tragic death.
The content of the book is organized pretty well. It starts when her mom, Rita Owens, talking about Queen Latifah's younger days, then moves to Queen Latifah talking about what became of her. The book is quite easy to read. It has vocabulary and slang of a ghetto life style.
The book rates a five stars, as it is extremely interesting to read and written well enough that readers are easily able to become involved. I recommend this book to anyone who listens to her music or understands her lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I Am A Queen July 18 2003
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book initially to get to know more about Dana Owens but instead I learned more about myself. I took my time reading the book because after every chapter or so I had to stop and check myself. I felt as though Queen Latifah was seated in front of me and reading pages from my life. My life does not come close to hers but yet I felt as though it did. I agree that every now and then as women we must stop and do our own personal inventory. Am I who I want to be and is God pleased with who I am?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough Sept. 6 2001
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Ladies First is one of the best autobiographies i've read. Queen Latifah tell us all how to be a strong woman, she let's us know we have to think a lot of ourselves no matter the situation. I was so sad when I read about the death of her beloved brother. Looking at the pictures she included in the book I could tell they were very close. I liked the part at the end of the book, when Queen let women know they need to be confident about themselves before they should start dating a guy, and that women need to have more respect for themselves when it come to dating. I think all women should get a copy of Ladies First
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies First Revelations of a Strong Woman Sept. 27 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Strong black woman she is, I don't read books and I just had to read this book and it is great and inpsiering to a young teen and all the drama that went on in her life and she still be came sucessful and that what made me strive to work harded and over come all the stress in my life and I won't to thank you Dana Owens you are the most down to earth person I have ever meet in my life and your very real.................Thank You I LOVE YOU.
The book made me relize that your more than just a celeb it is a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent--a must read! May 26 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book on a whim, and was very pleasantly surprised. I stayed up the entire night reading it. Queen Latifah's style can be characterized by an uncensored honesty and remarkable insight for a woman her age. She hits on many important issues for independent women, which transgress racial, class, age and sexual lines. Each chapter has it's own nugget of wisdom ingrained in it that I found inspirational and empowering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly candid book by a phenomenal woman May 8 2000
Format:Paperback
I was really impressed with this book. Easy to read, and full of life lessons that we can all learn from. It makes a strong statement to everyone, regardless of your background. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good book on a good person
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By Vata
Format:Paperback
this book is really great i am 14 and watch her show all the time and being at this spot in my life her book has really helped me be greatful fo r each day that i live it was so good i told my mom to read it and she loved it to!thanks queen latifah.....Vata
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been more informative
The book was an easiy read. But I felt like there were a lot of blank spots left in between. She really didn't get as detailed as I would have like her too. Read more
Published on April 19 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspirational
The book Ladies First is about Queen Latifah, also known as Dana Owens. Queen Latifah is one of the worldï¿s most known actress and filmmakers of our time. Read more
Published on April 22 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY INSPIRATIONAL
The book Ladies First is about Queen Latifah, also known as Dana Owens. Queen Latifah is one of the worldï¿s most known actress and filmmakers of our time. Read more
Published on April 22 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY INSPIRATIONAL
The book Ladies First is about Queen Latifah, also known as Dana Owens. Queen Latifah is one of the world's most known actress and filmmakers of our time. Read more
Published on April 22 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars The truth about Queen Latifah
This book isn't like most biographies. It isn't another glamorous tale about a flawless mediaperson. It is a true tale about the wonderful person that is Queen Latifah. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2002 by Marianne sundin Hestnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough
Ladies First is one of the best autobiographies i've read. Queen Latifah tell us all how to be a strong woman, she let's us know we have to think a lot of ourselves no matter the... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2001 by "July Lady"
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough
Ladies First is one of the best autobiographies i've read. Queen Latifah tell us all how to be a strong woman, she let's us know we have to think a lot of ourselves no matter the... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2001 by "July Lady"
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