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  1. I was taught from a young age that many people would treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American and because I was female.
  2. There are a lot of people who helped make Queen Latifah who she is today. I don’t forget, but a lot of people do and get big heads.
  3. Racism is ignorant. And it’s stupid. And it’s old. And it’s played out. So beat it already with that, you know what I mean? ‘Let’s all get along’ — I’m so tired of that damn sentence, but it’s true.
  4. I have always felt strongly about empowering women. I’m living proof that, with confidence and by believing in yourself, you can accomplish any goal.
  5. Having Black hair is unique in that Black women change up styles a lot. You can walk down one street block in New York City and see 10 different hairstyles that Black women are wearing: straight curls, short cuts, braids — we really run the gamut.
  6. Sometimes you do have to bank on yourself. You do have to believe in your ideas enough to really get out there and fight for it despite what people think of some young kids from the hood.
  7. Church was a requirement — there was no choice in the matter; so was vacation bible school. Gospel has been in me since I was a kid.
  8. If we focus on our health, including our inner health, our self-esteem, and how we look at ourselves and our confidence level, we’ll tend to be healthier people anyway, we’ll tend to make better choices for our lives, for our bodies, we’ll always be trying to learn more, and get better as time goes on.
  9. Award shows, like the Grammys, were tough on us early in hip-hop, not even televising our categories or splitting them up on best male or female or any of that. We had to earn them.
  10. If you try to follow everyone else’s mold, you’ll probably fail at some point because God created us uniquely for a reason.
  11. I did Jay Leno with Mike the Situation, and he just — he lives, like, ten minutes from me in Jersey. He’s like, ‘If you ever get a flat, call me. I’ll come fix your tire.’ That’s how we do. That’s neighborly, you know?
  12. Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self.
  13. We ignore our feelings a lot, I realize. Many of us have to… until they really bite us in the butt.
  14. There are a lot of people who helped make Queen Latifah who she is today. I don’t forget, but a lot of people do and get big heads. My mom will make me walk the dogs or take out the trash when I go home. I’m not allowed to get a big head; I’ve still got to do the simple things in life.
  15. I was baptized a Baptist, but I’m just Christian, as far as I’m concerned. I could go in any church, doesn’t matter if it’s Baptist, Protestant, Episcopal, or Catholic.
  16. There was always music in our home. My mom and my dad loved music. I remember when we were kids we would have these great parties at the house with congas and bongos and African drums, and it was amazing. It wasn’t until years later that I found out that they were actually Black Panther meetings.
  17. God is my homeboy. Jesus is my homeboy.
  18. When I’m wearing too-high heels and swaying my hips, I do that Sharon Stone kind of thing — she has the sexiest walk, a New York cool thing that throws you back.
  19. I don’t feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not. Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway.
  20. Bowling, I like bowling. I’ve been getting into this bowling thing. It’s kinda fun.

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