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Biography

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Profile of the Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer, model, and actress who's been hip-hop's first lady, the face of Cover Girl, and an Oscar nominee. Born Dana Elaine Owens, she was nicknamed Latifah, which means "delicate and sensitive" in Arabic. She started her music career as a human beat box alongside rap group Ladies Fresh, and her first album at the age of 19 was a success. But her brother, Lance, was killed in an accident involving the motorcycle she had bought him. Emerging from her grief, Latifah's album "Black Reign" was dedicated to her brother and was the first album by a female MC to ever go gold. Latifah then branched into other media, starring on TV's Living Single and in the hit movie musical Chicago.

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