Popularly referred to as Hip-Hop’s First Lady, Queen Latifah was one of the initial crossover female rappers that broke the barriers as well as set the standards for black women in music to follow. She is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, talk show host, comedian, and TV producer. Her vast work in the entertainment industry has earned her numerous awards and nominations, from the Grammy Awards to the Emmy and Academy Awards. It is no surprise that the hip-hop pioneer feminist has accumulated a total estimated net worth of $60 million.
How She Assumed the Name Queen Latifah
Right now, we are seeing an abundance of “queens” in hip hop and rap music as the term is used a little loosely when referring to entertainers and artists. So the question is, whose crown is the real thing and whose is just for the fun of it?
Long before hives and fan armies were out there staging coronation, Queen Latifa already ruled the world of hip hop. It began from the time when she was eight years old and she saw the name Latifah in an Arabic book she was scrolling through with her cousin. The emerging rap artist promptly decided to adopt the name when she saw that it meant sensitive and delicate.
Eventually, when she got to the rap scene, she sought a title fitting for the name. According to the 90s hitmaker, she didn’t want to go by a simple name like Emcee Latifah or any name that you could just pick up, so she thought of adding the Queen title to it. Considering the fact that her mum raised her to be a queen and the fact that she rapped about issues surrounding being a black woman, the name combination proved to be a perfect fit and thus, Queen Latifah arouse and has been reigning since then.
The Truth About Her Sexuality
Many people have been speculating a lot about the sexuality of Queen Latifah, as it is believed through the many rumors making rounds that she is gay. Well, fans who have come to appreciate her kind of music are not strangers to these rumors, but how and when did it start.
Queen Latifah’s sexuality first became a subject of discussion when she and Foxy Brown began feuding in 1996. On a diss record to the rapper, Brown brought her sexuality to question when she said Latifah was always “checking her out” at music events.
Years later, even after her being involved in relationships with men, Latifah found herself going viral on social media when rumors began spreading about her possible gay status and that she supposedly came out an made a public admission. This is, however, false as she has never spoken on the matter before.
That notwithstanding, we cannot completely jettison the fact that those claims may actually come with a shred of veracity, and if that is the case, then, the Queen of Jazz-Rap must have first dated Jeanette Jenkins who was alleged to be her same-sex partner for a period that spanned over eight years before their split in 2011.
In addition, Queen Latifah was never averse to associating herself with the LGBT community. She even performed at their Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride event and didn’t hesitate to take to the stage to announce that doing that kind of performance was a long-awaited opportunity for her. The rap star’s speech began to look more like a confession when she pointed out how the LGBT community was actually her family. However, she was careful to withhold herself from confirming the speculations that she was actually lesbian.
So, to date, the actual sexuality of the rapper turned actress remains cloaked, and all the attempts by the media to get the 90’s hitmaker to refute or admit the claims have been an effort in futility. But until all the speculations have been disproved with solid evidence – like her marriage to a member of the opposite sex, the iconic rapper remains part and parcel of the gay community until proven otherwise.
Who Has Queen Latifah Dated Recently?
To the best of our Knowledge, Queen Latifah has never dabbled into matrimony with anybody, both male and female. However, a piece of interesting news recently hit the grapevine about the entertainer’s sexuality, and this time, the source happens to be an anonymous one but a confidant of the rapper. Submissions from the source indicate that she has plans to exchange marriage vows with her girlfriend of four years, Eboni Nichols.
But let’s get something clear before our adrenaline starts pumping, we cannot completely trust the source of this info and coupled with the fact that Latifah herself has not made any public announcement about her upcoming wedding, the info must be taken with a grain of salt.
However, the source indicated that Queen Latifah was really inspired by the turn of recent happenings where Macklemore and Madonna’s Grammy performance ensured that several Gay people were actually offered an opportunity to get married. This spurred the talk show host into making the hasty decision of taking the bull by the horn and deciding to tie the nuptials with Eboni – her long-time girlfriend.
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What We Know About Her Girlfriend Eboni Nichols
Eboni Nichols is an alum of Chapman University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance. While still a student, Eboni confessed to not knowing where her passion for choreography and dancing would eventually take her. It would appear that things finally worked out perfectly for her after graduation, as she has been busy creating a niche for herself in the entertainment industry – being among the most valued members of the LA Lakers Girls and working with big names in the world of showbiz.
The girlfriend of Queen Latifah has further had the opportunity to tour the globe, sharing a stage with top-notch artists like Mary J. Blige and Jamie Fox. She has also had the privilege of working with some of the hottest talents in entertainment, like Sara Bareilles, Capital Cities, and Demi Lovato.
Eboni has choreographed scenes in major blockbuster movies like Bedazzled, Dream Girls, Dance Your Ass Off, Miami Vice, Blades of Glory, Hairspray. She has also worked on TV shows like Cougar Town and appeared in television commercials for Svedka Vodka, Sensa, Butterfinger, McDonald’s, Covergirl cosmetics, and Washington Mutual.