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Latifah was also a member of the hip-hop collective Native Tongues.After Order in the Court, Latifah shifted primarily to singing soul music and jazz standards, which she had used sparingly in her previous hip-hop-oriented records.In the trailer for “Nina,” Saldana’s skin looks several shades darker and her nose appears to have been altered. "Clearly, someone thought she was perfect for it," Patton said Monday, according to the Huffington Post. Latifah received critical acclaim for her portrayal of blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie (2015), which she co-produced, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.Since 2016, she has starred as Carlotta Brown in the musical drama series Star.Latifah's work in music, film and television has earned her a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, an Academy Award nomination and sales of over two million records.She started beat boxing for the hip-hop group Ladies Fresh and was an original member of the Flavor Unit, which, at that time, was a crew of MCs grouped around producer DJ King Gemini, who made a demo recording of Queen Latifah's rap Princess of the Posse.
On July 11, 2007, Latifah sang at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as the headlining act in a live jazz concert.The following year, in 2009, she released her album Persona.The song "Cue the Rain" was released as the album's lead single. In January 2012, while appearing on 106 & Park with Dolly Parton, to promote Joyful Noise, Latifah stated that she had been working on a new album.Latifah starred as Khadijah James on the FOX sitcom Living Single, from 1993 to 1998. She then starred in the lead role of Set It Off (1996) and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, in 1998, with Motown Records.Her third album Black Reign (1993), spawned the single "U. Latifah gained mainstream success and acclaim with her performance in the film Chicago (2002), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Her songs covered topics including domestic violence, harassment on the streets, and relationship problems.