(We’ll just pretend we know what Queen La is looking at, but nobody over at Essence caught that? #justsaying)

One of our favorite Clutchettes, Queen Latifah covers the January issue of Essence magazine and dishes on being in the biz for over 20 years. Jersey’s finest has come a long way since rocking mics in her East Orange neighborhood. The first lady of hip hop has successfully transitioned from rapper, to actor, to producer, and now she’ll be back on the small screen to take over daytime TV once again.

Next year, Latifah will be starring in and producing her own talk show, but please don’t compare her to the other queen, Oprah.

“…People say I’m going to be the next Oprah. No. Oprah is still Oprah,” Latifah said. “I’ll be the next me. I feel like there’s always a lane for me as long as I’m true to myself.”

All hail the Queen!

What do you think of the cover? Are you looking forward to Queen Latifah’s new talk show? 

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