Dana Elaine Owens, aka Queen Latifah visited -Newark in 2015 to celebrate Mayor Ras Baraka’s birthday who she grew up with in Newark.

Owens is a Newark-born musician, actress and entrepreneur. Owens released her first studio album in 1989 titled All Hail to the Queen, which sold more than one million copies. In the 1990s she continued to make music while also making a transition into television, starring as Kadijah James on Fox network sitcom Living Single. Owens has appeared in over 60 films and television series’, hosted her own talk show, and founded Flavor Unit Entertainment.

Recently, she starred in the box office smash Girls Trip and is currently portraying Carlotta Brown on the Fox Network drama series Star.