Academy Award nominee Queen Latifah covers the latest issue of “THR“.
Inside, the mag highlights her upcoming daytime talk show, looks at how her family helped mold her career and why she continues to avoid questions about her personal life.
Check out some of the highlights below:
On the death of her brother:
“I know what it is to really lose someone, and the devastation that it causes and the confusion and the helplessness and the desperation and utter grief. There’s nothing closer to me than my brother. That was my foundation. Mommy, Daddy, my brother, from the moment I was born, they were in my life. But I also know some of the little things that can trigger your emotions. You may smell something that reminds you of that person, and it will just flood all of these emotions through you. And it just comes back and you don’t even expect it. Sometimes it’s not only the big knock-you-over-the-head things, it’s the subtle things.”
On how she learned to control her destiny:
“Poverty will do that. When you want something that you can’t afford, you do what you have to do. Our goal was to use our creativity to turn it into a business that would change the circumstances of our families. For Shakim and me, once we did it, we realized we were really good at it. We could do this all day. Business is fun. Controlling your own destiny is fun. Creating an idea and turning it into a movie; finding an artist and guiding their career and bringing them to some type of status — there’s joy in that. We didn’t go to college. But we’re smart people. We’re hustlers, we’re definitely going to get it done. But we also know where we came from. Nobody wants to go back there. We love the ‘hood, but nobody wants to go back who makes it out.”
On if there are too many Black talk show hosts:
Absolutely not. There’s a reason that Steve Harvey is succeeding. He has a huge fan base. I listen to him on the radio. I watch him on Family Feud. Wendy Williams was a big-time radio host. And that’s an underserved market. You’d need about 10 African-American hosts on TV for it to be saturated, but we’re nowhere near that.”
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.”