Born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18th, 1970, in Newark, New Jersey, Queen Latifah has made a statement of herself within modern pop-culture. Her debut album All Hail to the Queen sold more than one million copies, receiving her first Grammy thanks to the single “U.N.I.T.Y.” Since then, Queen Latifah has made her way into both acting and the behind-the-scenes aspect of television and movies. These days, she is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Rutgers University.
On May 14th, Latifah received the degree during the commencement ceremony for the New Jersey Universities graduating students. She joins the likes of many other hip-hop greats given honorary degrees- both Kanye West and LL Cool J have been given the honor. On Saturday, May 12th, Chance the Rapper was presented the same honor by Dillard University in New Orleans. Like many given the honor, Queen Latifah led the student body by giving the commencement speech for the ceremony- for anyone look for some inspiration, listen to the Queen.
My fellow New Jersey people doing big things today! Congratulations to @queenlatifah on receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Rutgers and @joebudden on officially getting Revolt TV deal! Met both of them in my past, happy for them… #newjersey #congrats #NJ #hiphop #musicnews #queenlatifah #rutgers #joebudden #lovethistrack #media #jerseycity #newark