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Would you have guessed that Queen Latifah’s small role as Lawshawn, the tell-it-like-it-is waitress who cussed out Wesley Snipes for bringing the white girl to Sylvia’s in Spike Lee’s 1991 film Jungle Fever, would lead to a career spanning 35 movies, dozens of television roles and the official emergence of Dana Owens the actress?

Gracing the silver screen seemed like a hobby that a few of the higher ranked rappers dabbled in from time to time. But a hobby that you’re freakin’ great at becomes a lot more fun, especially when you can make six-figures or more to do it. Latifah paid her dues in House Party 2, Juice and Set It Off and eventually found herself side-by-side with Denzel Washington in The Bone Collector.

Next thing you know, the good old girl from Jersey was showing up in everything from animated comedies like Ice Age: The Meltdown with Raymond Romano to legendary musicals like Chicago with Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, making her a La La Land official. Not to mention her hit sitcom, “Living Single.”

Now Ms. Owens is writing her own checks as a producer signing off on movies like The Perfect Holiday and Just Wright and is set to star alongside Dolly Parton in Joyful Noise. Who would think cursing out Wesley Snipes would get you this far?


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