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Queen Latifah debuts new talk show
Rapper turned actress is taking on daytime TV
 
Published Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:20 am
by Insight News

She’s conquered hip hop, Hollywood and Broadway. And now, Queen Latifah is out to conquer daytime television with a new talk show, “The Queen Latifah Show,” which debuted nationally Sept. 16. For Latifah, the latest venture is just another feather in her already impressive cap.

“My show [is] an entertaining and eclectic mix of interviews with real people as well as celebrities – people who are fun and fascinating,” said Latifah. “It will be a program you can tune into to feel good everyday. I also think it will inspire people who watch it. I know I’ve certainly been inspired by a lot of the stories we plan to share.”

The show comes with some weighty names attached to it. Along with Oscar nominee, Latifah, the show is executively produced by power couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

“My partner, Shakim (Compere) and I have a long history with Will and Jada Smith,” said Latifah. “We have always wanted to find a way to do something big together. We all thought this was the perfect project, and since Will and Jada’s company Overbrook has a relationship with Sony, we’re excited to be doing it with them as well. It’s definitely a family affair.

“Shakim and I actually grew up together. My mom was his teacher, and we started Flavor Unit together back in 1993. We have been friends with the Smiths for years.”

Latifah guest starred with Will on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” She and Jada worked together on the film “Set it Off.”

“We have a long history,” she said. “I definitely feel like we grew up together in Hollywood.”

Latifah adds that she reached out to several talk show greats including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon for advice on her show.

“They’ve all been terrifically helpful and encouraging,” she said.

The show’s set designer is also an impressive name in entertainment. The set for the “Queen Latifah Show” was designed by rock/soul icon Lenny Kravitz.

“Not only is Lenny and incredible musician,” said Latifah. “But he and his team are amazing designers.”

The hour-long show aims to showcase Latifah’s range as a multi-award winning entertainer and her distinct ability to connect with people. The multi-topic, daily syndicated show will feature a mix of celebrity interviews, human interest stories, musical performances and Latifah’s unique and often comedic take on pop culture.

“I am nervous because it is always overwhelming to start something new, [but] I am excited to hear people’s stories and share in their journeys,” she said.

“The Queen Latifah Show” is taped in front of a live studio audience at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, and airs on CBS-owned and operated channels. Check local listings for station and time.

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