She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr.
She came from a police family--both her father and older brother were cops, which would later influence her rhyming style and life philosophy.
The film delves into Bessie’s relationships with both men and women, giving Queen romantic and sexual scenes with co-star Tika Sumpter, who plays Bessie’s lover, Lucille.
While speculation about Queen Latifah’s sexuality is nothing new and is now treated more as an open secret (she is often out in public holding hands and kissing her partner, Eboni Nichols), it appears that being part of such a queer film about authenticity and embracing who you are is not the platform the artist/actress is using to come out.
After working as the human beat box alongside Ladies Fresh, she was just 18 years old when she originally broke through in the late 1980s with a style that picked selectively from jazz, reggae, and soul traditions, from beats produced by 'D. A year later, her debut long-player, "All Hail the Queen," enjoyed favored reviews: an old, wise head was evident on the top of her young shoulders.
The former Burger King employee maintained her early commitment to answer the misogynist armory of some of her male counterparts and, at the same time, imparted musical good times to all genders.
She was born to a police father who divorced with her housewife mother when she was eight years old.
Grown up in a police family whose father and brother were cops had more or less influenced her life style and philosophy of life that made her became a tough person.
The talk-show host donned a yellow one-piece swimsuit to venture into the ocean and later returned to a group of chaises to chat and show PDA with her companion.Latifah has kept quiet about her personal relationships in the past, although she has been dropping more and more hints about her sexuality over the past year.In January, Latifah joined Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on stage at the 2014 Grammys to perform the pro-gay rights anthem "Same Love," which many fans took as a hint that she was opening up about her personal life.I couldn’t think about being the partner of Flavor Unit Entertainment or just being my mom’s daughter or my friend…I couldn’t think about anything else and I couldn’t have any fear in playing this character because she really deserves to somebody play her with some kind of fearlessness.” Robin Roberts, who came out publicly last year, is one of few out black women in the public eye. I guess that’s it.” Of course there are also athletes like Brittney Griner and Seimone Augustus, rapper Angel Haze, writers like Alice Walker and actress Raven-Symone, but there is still a lacking of role models for women of color when it comes to mainstream media and entertainment.