Former rapper and aspiring media mogul Queen Latifah recently sat down with Sister 2 Sister magazine’s Jamie Foster Brown for an in-depth interview. We love Jamie, but her interviews can be tedious at times. Jamie always plays it safe and she never asks the right questions, such as “Let’s discuss those rumors about your break up with your longtime lover, Jeanette Jenkins.”
Queen Latifah did touch on her love/hate relationship with social media, saying “It can be very overwhelming, but it can also be great for business.”
As for her stance on bloggers, in particular, the 44-year-old executive producer of VH1’s “Single Ladies” stopped just short of calling bloggers bullies.
“The thing about social media is there are a lot of people who felt voiceless,” she said. “Now, they have a voice, and some people will just say anything for shock value.”
While viewing blogs and tabloids alike as marketing tools for her business, Queen Latifah also despises the intrusion into her private life, which as every celebrity should know comes with the territory.
Queen Latifah: I look at it as a business tool more than anything. If I wanna let people know what’s going on with my life at that time then I will, but… If I want to let them know what’s going on with something new that I’m doing it’s an easy way to let everybody know what’s happening. But as far as how, sorta, tabloid it can be, or how malicious or untrue, I don’t really worry about it, honestly, because I live my life, myself. I actually am Dana Owens [laughs], aka Queen Latifah, so it doesn’t matter to me what somebody is writing or printing. It doesn’t really affect me because I know what’s true about me and what’s not true.
When asked if she was still working on her weight, the Queen also danced around that subject.
“I am who I am and I kind of stay at a certain region,” she laughed.
Queen Latifah said:
I’m there to have fun and I wanna taste the food, and I want to try things. That’s how it is! I just try to keep things balanced and try to get some exercise in to keep my body feeling good. I try not to obsess about it ’cause I really don’t wanna be one of those people that are so obsessed with what they look like that they just aren’t focused on anything else going on in life. To me it’s more about health. As long as I feel healthy and I feel good and all my vitals are great, my cholesterol is low, my blood pressure is normal? [laughs] Everything is fine, you know. I go get my regular doctor visits like every person should. And I take care of myself in that way.
This would have been a great opportunity for Jamie Foster Brown to mention the fact that Latifah has lived for years with a woman who markets herself as a “celebrity personal trainer” to the stars.
Jamie could have asked Latifah something like, “So how’s that relationship working out for you?”