Queen Latifah on Hip-Hop: "We Need More Female Rappers"

To put it simply, Queen Latifah is a goddess. This isn't like one of those compliments you give to your dudely pal 'cause she finally put on a dress. No, Latifah is divine in the way of Athena or Yemaya: a powerful natural force.

Though everyone knows Latifah as a rapper or actress, she also performs singing cover songs and jazz standards off her Trav'lin' Light album. But, she admits, rap isn't far from her heart. "There's things that only rap music can express," she says, "or poetry can express."

A recent conversation revealed Latifah's views on feminism, self-confidence, a Living Single reunion, and females in the rap game. And, for the record, as a former high school b-ball player, she came out in support of Miami: "I'm a fan of the Heat, for sure."

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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