Queen Latifah

Common Performs on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

Common and Queen Latifah

Before he kicks off his “Nobody’s Smiling” tour with Jay Electronica on November 21, Common paid a visit to his friend Queen Latifah on Friday. The Chicago MC sat down with his Just Wright co-star to discuss J Dilla’s legacy, being a ball boy for the Bulls, and playing Latifah’s husband on screen. The two even reenacted one romantic scene.

Common can be seen in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma, which opens in select theaters on Christmas Day.

“It was really one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve had as an actor to date,” he said.

Plus, he took the stage to perform his new single “Rewind That” off Nobody’s Smiling and broke into an impromptu duet with Latifah on “The Light.”

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Brandy, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, & Yo-Yo Reunite at BET Hip-Hop Awards

MC Lyte, Brandy, Queen Latifah, and Yo-Yo

Brandy celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut single with a white-hot performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014, which aired on Tuesday night.

Against an all-white set, the R&B diva reunited with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo to perform the hip-hop remix of “I Wanna Be Down.”

With her brother Ray J looking on, Brandy kicked things off followed by Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Latifah, who earned the largest applause.

Watch the ladies shut it down.

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Brandy Reunites with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, & Yo-Yo on ‘Queen Latifah Show’

Yo-Yo, MC Lyte, Brandy, and Queen Latifah

Twenty years after the release of her debut single “I Wanna Be Down,” Brandy reunited with her remix collaborators Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo on Tuesday’s “Queen Latifah Show.”

The rap divas discussed the making of the song (Latifah rewrote her rap after listening to Yo-Yo and Lyte’s verses) and Brandy admitted that she didn’t understand the lyrics at the time.

“I didn’t know what ya’ll was saying,” she laughed. “I was so happy that ya’ll was on the song, I said I don’t care, honey.”

Brandy also dished about playing Chardonnay on BET’s “The Game” and her surprise 35th birthday, hosted by her brother Ray J.

“I was surprised. I was scared. I was shocked. It was a great experience,” said Brandy. “It was the type of party where I felt like everyone there, I had a moment with them at some point in my life.”

See Brandy and the Queen chop it up below.

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Queen Latifah Performs ‘America the Beautiful’ at Super Bowl XLVIII

Queen Latifah

Before the players took the field at Super Bowl XLVIII, Queen Latifah kicked off the pre-game show at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Keeping warm in a blue Moncler parka, the New Jersey native performed “America the Beautiful” with the New Jersey Youth Chorus.

“You sang that beautifully, @IAMQUEENLATIFAH!!” tweeted Jordin Sparks.

Watch the Queen belt out the patriotic tune.

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Queen Latifah and DMC Perform ‘Christmas in Hollis’

DMC and Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah decked the halls of her studio with a special performance on her holiday music special. Sporting a black adidas track jacket, the rap pioneer rocked “The Queen Latifah Show” with fellow trailblazer Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, while performing Run-DMC’s classic “Christmas in Hollis.”

Mary J. Blige also joined the festivities, singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” off her album A Mary Christmas.

“Queen Latifah Presents: A Holiday Music Special” will air on December 23, with additional performances by Gloria Estefan, Trace Adkins, and more.

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Nicki Minaj Pays Respect to Queen Latifah on Talk Show

Nicki Minaj and Queen Latifah

It was nothing but love and respect when Nicki Minaj sat down with fellow rap mogul Queen Latifah for a taping of her talk show this week. The ladies acknowledged the “full circle moment” during Nicki’s visit to promote her clothing line.

“I’m sitting here with a female rapper on a talk show started by a female rapper,” said Latifah. “This is a moment for me.”

In return, Nicki gave props to the hip-hop pioneer. “You’ve opened so many doors for me and so many other women,” she said. “And it’s insane because I always reference you when I talk about female rappers who’ve like kinda paved the way in terms of a businesswoman and mogul and just all around entertainer, and to be sitting here doing your show is just a great moment for hip-hop.”

The full interview airs Tuesday. Get a sneak peek below.

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Will Smith and Queen Latifah Face Off in Rap Jeopardy

Will Smith and Queen Latifah

Following his daughter Willow’s performance on the season premiere, Will Smith stopped by Queen Latifah’s new talk show on Tuesday.

The hip-hop veterans faced off in a friendly game of rap Jeopardy with host Alex Trebek. They answered questions from categories including “Rapper’s Delight,” “Diddy or Didn’t He,” “Food Rappers,” and “That’s What She Said.”

But after flexing their hip-hop knowledge with Diddy-related questions, they reached a tie. For Final Jeopardy, they were given the clue: “This is the greatest rapper of all time.”

Find out how they answered the question and who was declared the winner.

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