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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (Jan. 13 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068817583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688175832
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,651,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 7 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "July Lady" on Sept. 6 2001
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 27 2000
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Stevens on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26 2000
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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By A Customer on April 22 2002
Format: Paperback
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. She has been in many movies and made many albums, as well as starting her own talk show. Beginning her singing career at a young age, Queen Latifah make her mane known through her music. Being a rap artist, many people considered her a thug, but she really wasn�t the best for everyone. The book Ladies First focuses a lot on her family and her point of view on life. The main part of the book that was glossed over was her music life.
Ladies First was well written, and easy to read. There were a few slang words, but not so bad that you could not read them. It was pretty well organized, but jumped around some. I thought that she showed great perseverance when telling how she kept going and never quit. There were many hard times in her life, and it tells about them, whereas most people would have given up. I think it could have been improved by discussing more about her. It kind of drifted away from her a bit.
I gave this book four stars because it shows that anyone can make it at what they want. I would recommend this book to people if they like the kind of thug/music lifestyle. Some people would not like this book if they do not understand the kind of life that one has to work for. I thought Queen Latifah was trying to send the �you can do anything� message across, which is and awesome message to send to people that want to give up on their dreams. I thought the book Ladies First sent out that message very well.
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By A Customer on April 22 2002
Format: Paperback
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. She has been in many movies and made many albums, as well as starting her own talk show. Beginning her singing career at a young age, Queen Latifah make her mane known through her music. Being a rap artist, many people considered her a thug, but she really wasn�t the best for everyone. The book Ladies First focuses a lot on her family and her point of view on life. The main part of the book that was glossed over was her music life.
Ladies First was well written, and easy to read. There were a few slang words, but not so bad that you could not read them. It was pretty well organized, but jumped around some. I thought that she showed great perseverance when telling how she kept going and never quit. There were many hard times in her life, and it tells about them, whereas most people would have given up. I think it could have been improved by discussing more about her. It kind of drifted away from her a bit.
I gave this book four stars because it shows that anyone can make it at what they want. I would recommend this book to people if they like the kind of thug/music lifestyle. Some people would not like this book if they do not understand the kind of life that one has to work for. I thought Queen Latifah was trying to send the �you can do anything� message across, which is and awesome message to send to people that want to give up on their dreams. I thought the book Ladies First sent out that message very well.
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