|Queen Latifah during TV One on One interview with host Catherine Hughes.|
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) - First Lady of hip-hop, award-winning actress and acclaimed producer Queen Latifah talks about her life, career, politics, values and faith in a broad-ranging interview with Catherine Hughes, host of TV One's interview series, TV One on One, that premieres on Sunday, May 22 at 10 PM. The special repeats on Monday, May 23 at 8 PM, Tuesday, May 24 at 11 PM and Friday, May 27 at 9 PM (all times ET).
In speaking about her early career, Queen Latifah, born Dana Owens, says she adopted African dress and called herself Queen at a time when apartheid was on the verge of breaking up in South Africa.
"I felt like all black women are queens. And it was really just about a sense of pride of self-pride," Queen Latifah said.
She tells Ms. Hughes that she worked almost as hard to get the role in Chicago that landed her an Oscar nomination as she did on the film itself because she had to audition three times.
"I really did [want the role], because rarely do you get an opportunity to work with a a film studio that really enjoys the process of creating something great. And then with a director who is known for Broadway, you just know youre going ot get to sing. You're going to get to dance. You're going to get to act. You don't often get to show those three abilities, those three skills in one film," Queen Latifah said.
When Ms. Hughes suggests Queen Latifah would be as good at portraying Pearl Bailey as Jamie Foxx was as Ray Charles, Queen Latifah said she was exploring that possibility, along with some other renowned African American womens life stories, including Bessie Smith, Etta James and Sarah Vaughn.
She discusses her box-office hit with Steve Martin, Bringing Down the House, which she executive produced and other movie projects in the pipeline, as well as her plans for her production company.
Queen Latifah also talks about something close to her heart - her family foundation, the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, created after her brother, a young police officer, was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1992 at the age of 24. Created by Queen Latifah and her mother, a schoolteacher, the foundation provides scholarships but also requires that scholarship recipients return and serve as a mentor in their community to help spread further the good works of the scholarship program.
In a surprise visit thats become the hallmark of TV One on One, Queen Latifah is joined by attorney Evans Onyanwu, an early Lancelot Owens scholarship recipient from her hometown of East Orange, NJ, who talks about how much this scholarship program changed his life.
"...it was not like a program where you're given a scholarship and they say...you're on your own," Mr. Onyanwu said. "The [Foundation] works with you, and they continue to work with you throughout, and its really helped me become the person that I am now."
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