This fall, Queen Latifah is set to reign supreme. The media mogul will debut her highly-anticipated talk show on September 16 with the support of famous friends, some fierce fashions (thanks to uber stylist Tim Snell), heart-wrenching topics and a whole lot of laughter.
Queen, aka Dana Owens, graces this week’s cover of the Hollywood Reporter where she opens up about the new show and what she absolutely won’t talk about. And that’s not much. From being a rapper to an actress, jazz singer, author and philanthropist. An all-around businesswoman, Latifah’s empire also includes several products, including Queen Collection ready-to-wear clothing line and the CoverGirl Queen Collection, as well as two fragrances: Queen by Queen Latifah and Queen of Hearts by Queen Latifah.
The show is planning a field piece with rapper Pitbull as he spearheads the opening of a charter school in Miami. She’s reached out to Jay Z. (“He’s going to come on,” she says.) President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have an open invitation. (When she performed at the White House in April, “I let them know that they have a personal invite,” she explains.) And it’s likely only a matter of time before Will Smith hits Latifah’s couch. Even the vast midcentury modern-themed set — which includes a performance space and DJ stand — has a celebrity provenance: It was designed by Lenny Kravitz.
Here are the highlights of the feature:
On being an Every Woman:
“Lah is every woman,” says longtime friend Jada Pinkett Smith, who costarred with Latifah in the 1996 hit Set It Off. Pinkett Smith met Latifah in 1987 when she introduced the rapper as the opening act for Public Enemy at Baltimore’s Palladium. Pinkett Smith was a 16-year-old high school student, aspiring musician and actress at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Latifah was a 17-year-old MC making a name for herself.
On sexuality: “That’s mine. For me.”
“I don’t feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show,” Latifah says. “There’s the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there’s the part that’s mine to keep for myself. And that’s mine. For me.”
Tune in to The Queen Latifah Show on CBS starting September 16