5 Queen Latifah Movies For Sassy Black Women

Thursday, September 15 by Wendy Adams

Looking for Queen Latifah movies? Entertainer Queen Latifah, born Dana Elaine Owens in March 1970, began her career as a rapper and Hip Hop artist, grew into more serious music, and finally she ascended into acting where she received an Academy Award nominee for her performance in the movie “Chicago.” Latifah’s movie career began in 1991 with the animated “Jungle Fever” as a character voice, and a role in “House Party 2.” After her success with the movie “Chicago,” her mainstream success continued playing opposite Steve Martin in the movie “Bringing Down the House” which led to more successful starring roles.

"Chicago"

In 2002, Queen Latifah landed the role of Matron Mama Morton in the musical “Chicago” which brought her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Overall, the musical film won six Oscars. Latifah plays the imposing corrupt matron guarding women condemned for murder. Latifah shows off her powerful voice, beauty, and magnificent presence in a 1920’s gown and headdress, singing “When You’re Good to Mama.” Latifah’s performance was the perfect combination of classy and razor sharp as she mastered the role of this multi-dimensional evil matron.

"Beauty Shop"

Queen Latifah played hairdresser and single mother Gina Norris in the 2005 movie “Beauty Shop.” Fed up with working for a narcissistic and unscrupulous salon owner, Gina buys her own fixer up salon complete with a full cast of characters that come with the shop. Gina struggles with making a success of her salon as her former boss sets out to destroy it. Along the way, she strengthens her family, helps her fellow man, and mends her broken heart. A delightful and heartwarming performance is given by Queen Latifah.

"Last Holiday"

This 2006 movie starring Queen Latifah as Georgia Byrd is an endearing story about a mousey department store sales woman who is wrongfully diagnosed with deadly brain tumors. Upon hearing she has just weeks to live, she decides to finally live. Liquefying all her assets, she steps out of a life where she dreams through her book of possibilities, and decides to take the vacation of her dreams while she can. Georgia transforms herself from a mousey, inhibited, saleswoman to a fashionable and uninhibited participant of life. Georgia partakes in all the Grandhotel Pupp has to offer, including influencing new friends and accepting her inevitable fate until the mistaken diagnosis is exposed. It is a charming tale of personal growth.

"Just Wright"

This 2010 romantic comedy stars Queen Latifah as Leslie Wright, a physical therapist who makes it big when she is hired to rehab injured NBA star Scott McKnight (Common). All is well until Leslie falls in love with Scott. It is a classic battle between heart and head for Leslie who is forced to decide between her career and love. This charming romantic comedy was nominated for a Black Reel Award.

"The dilemma"

Queen Latifah plays Susan Warner opposite an all star cast including Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, and Winona Ryder, in this 2011 Ron Howard comedy. Ronny (Vaughn) and Nick (James) are friends and partners in a auto design business. Their friendship is put to the test when Ronny catches Nick’s wife kissing a man she is having an affair with The dilemma is what to say or what not to say between friends when the business and friendship hangs in the balance. Queen Latifah plays Susan, a colorful and enthusiastic supervisor in the auto design company. Queen Latifah gave a brilliant performance as she builds the outrageously funny character Susan.

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