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(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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  • Leonie UK

    Nah had enough of Queen downlow, she makes my lesbian friends/workmates bitchy as hell. When she openly talks about her luvher, I might spring into intrest. I’m over Essence a long time ago, but will attend the next music festival soon. Not gonner lie the festivals are well worth the money and time, simply awesome. But back to the magazine. They need some urgent assistance, send some one out to the Ebony HQ and snag a few ideas, they have me buying a sub for next year,no joke ( You ARE doing well Amy B)

    Wondering when they will ever bring back the 40’s to 90’s feature they did every year on real readers? When that stopped producing that, and a back poster of the front cover as a keepsake, I knew the magazine was decling.

  • Musstid Seeds

    Why is she like three shade “Whiter” or lighter than her normal complexion? Here we go again with paranoid white folks wanting to make everyone white like them……. Please add the color back to Dana… Thank You.

  • KrissyG

    The Essence covers — along with their content — keep getting poorer and poorer with each issue. It’s embarrassing compared to what it used to be like back in the day. Not surprising with the sell out to a white media company and the lack of black photographers. Yet, readers keep buying and propping them up instead of demanding better. When will we learn?