Drake, Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah + more lend voices to new 'Ice Age' film | Film Trailer

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift might literally (and figuratively) be the coolest movie to come out this year.

The fourth installment of 20th Century Fox's popular animated franchise features a very hip and musical cast, including YMCMB's Drake and Nicki Minaj, decorated musician and actress Queen Latifah, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and Roc Nation singer/songwriter Ester Dean. Read more

Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad + Jill Scott to star in 'Steel Magnolias' reboot | Film News

Rapper/singer/actor Queen Latifah will executive produce and star in Lifetime's reworking of classic film Steel Magnolias, Deadline reports. Read more

Naughty By Nature ft. Queen Latifah - "God Is Us" | New Music

Wow. We've gone back in time. Naughty by Nature, one of the original Hip Hop trios are back with a 20th anniversary collectors edition album, Anthem, Inc. To get a gist of what you can find on the album, take a listen to "God Is Us," featuring none other than Queen Latifah. The track takes us on the train back to the late '80s/early '90s... and we're loving it. Take a listen in full below.
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Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah - "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" | New Music

Here is the sublime collaboration between US legends Tony Bennett and Queen Latifah of their Jazz rendition of "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" - originally made popular in the 1960's by Tony Bennett himself, Shirley Bassey and Dionne Warwick amongst others - which is off of Bennett's forthcoming Duets II album due to be released on September 20. The pair of Bennett and Latifah is reported to be giving their rendition of the song it's first US live television debut tomorrow (September 14) on America's Got Talent, listen to "Who Can I Turn To" below:

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SoulCulture's interview with Just Blaze quoted in Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey book

In May 2010 we asked superproducer Just Blaze "What Happened To The Remix?" - who would have thought that that answer would make it's way into the pages of the colossal 420-page coffee table book Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey Book?

Bound in black leather and described as "the definitive literary and photographic celebration of the groundbreaking culture," the luxury book features unseen photos by Hip Hop photographer Jonathan Mannion, interviews, essays and profiles on a range of Hip Hop pioneers, legends and players key in the growth and global impact of Hip Hop of Hip-Hop, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Run-DMC, Queen Latifah, Will.I.Am, Diddy, 50 Cent and Will Smith.

Afrika Bambaataa penned the book's intro with a further 150 or so artists contributing commentary, including Cee Lo, Chuck D, Faith Evans, Ice-T, Kool Keith, Method Man, Nelly, ?uestlove and Spinderella.

Watch our interview with Just Blaze below, along with more details on Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey and how to get your hand on it.
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Queen Latifah to be inducted into New Jersey Hall Of Fame

Hip Hop legend, Soul/Jazz diva and Hollywood actress, Dana Owens aka Queen Latifah will be joining a wide array of arts and entertainment legends such as Frank Sinatra, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep on the New Jersey Hall of Fame when the 2011 Induction ceremony is held on June 5th.

Queen Latifah was one of the thirty New Jersey natives nominated in the fall of 2010 to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame this year (created to honour citizens who have made invaluable contributions to the society and the world beyond). Read more

Queen Latifah on Jay Leno | TV Catch-up

This week Queen Latifah visited the Jay Leno show, in promotion of her new movie, The Dilemma (which she stars in alongside Channing Tatum, Vince Vaughn and Kevin James). She chopped it up about how she spent the festive season, the British royal wedding, her production company, The People's Choice Award, the new film, and more.

Just Wright Comes To UK Cinemas September 17th | Official Trailer

Just Wright stars Queen Latifah as Leslie Wright, a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the dream job of working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common).
All is going well until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, forcing her to choose between the gig of a lifetime and the tug-of-war inside her heart.

Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is instead drawn to the affections of Leslie's gorgeous childhood friend Morgan (Paula Patton), who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife.

Is Leslie destined to play the role of "best friend" forever or will Scott finally see that what he always wanted is right in front of him? Set against the exciting world of championship basketball, the game of love takes on the battle of the sexes in the romantic sports comedy Just Wright.

Out in UK cinemas from September 17th. Watch the official trailer here:

BET Awards 2010: Live Coverage Tonight @SoulCulture

With anticipation levels reaching fever pitch the BET Awards 2010 kick off at 7pm Central Time (1am GMT) tonight. Queen Latifah hosts tonight's ceremonies whilst Kanye West is due to open the show with a performance of "Power".

We also have an MJ tribute performed by Chris Brown to look forward to, plus more live performances from Alicia Keys, Drake, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, T.I., Trey Songz, Ludacris, Eminem, Kim Burrell and more...

Watch BET Awards 2010: LIVESTREAM + Performance + Winners Updates!!

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BET Awards 2010 Nominees & Shining Stars | Video + Rehearsal Pics

Hosted by Queen Latifah, the annual BET Awards ceremony 2010 will broadcast live from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 7 PM Central Standard Time on BET - and via live stream on BET.com - as the ceremony celebrates its tenth year.

This year's awards will acknowledge the achievements of artists, entertainers and athletes in 19 categories. Jay Z leads the way with five individual nominations across multiple categories [Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year (for which he holds two nominations) and Viewers’ Choice].

Equally spouse Beyoncé [Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year, Viewer’s Choice] closely follows his lead, along with Alicia Keys [Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year, Viewer’s Choice], Trey Songz [Best Male R&B Artist, Best Collaboration – 2, Viewer’s Choice] and Melanie Fiona [Best Female R&B Artist, Best New Artist, Video of the Year, Centric Award] with four nominations each.

Drake, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Fabolous, B.o.B., Maxwell and Monica are Read more

When I Was 17: Queen Latifah (Video)

Queen Latifah reminisces with MTV about when she was 17. She talks about her 1st performance at the Apollo in Harlem, meeting Fab 5 Freddy, her love for Janet Jackson and more.

Common On His Leading Role In Just Wright Rom-Com & Guru’s Legacy

"You just hope that you can be as real as possible in the moments."

BlackTree TV's Jamaal Finkley goes one-on-one with the thinking man's favourite artist and actor Common on the pressures of playing the leading man in new rom-com Just Wright, as basketball star Scott McKnight opposite Paula Patton and Queen Latifah.

"I've been on stage doing this so many times for so many years; [there's] nervousness and excitement [before going] in front of the crowd, but the nervous energy that comes [when] about to do a scene is different," he says. "You're in a different mindspace... I think people that have that nervousness really love what they do and are passionate about it, so that that's where that comes from."

He also speaks on the recent passing of Hip Hop legend Guru:

"Guru was one of the most important elements to ever come to hip hop, one of the most important voices to come in Hip Hop... Gang Starr - one of the greatest groups ever in music and definitely defined what Hip Hop is.

"I had the pleasure and the blessing to tour with Guru and Gang Starr years ago. Guru and I had a great little bond - I got to perform with him on his Jazzmatazz 4 [The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future] album.

"We'll miss him physically but his spirit will always be - and God bless his family."

He also makes an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about which musicians he looks up to, along with some more movie plugging:

Just Wright stars Common and Queen Latifah in a romantic comedy that tells "the story of a physical therapist who falls in love with a pro basketball player" whilst helping him to recover from a career-threatening injury.

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Just Wright Starring Common & Queen Latifah (Movie Trailer)

Common & Queen Latifah take the lead roles in the Romantic Comedy "Just Wright", The movie is about a sports trainer (Latifah) who falls in love with a pro basketball player (Common) after injury nearly ends his career.

Directed by Sanaa Hamri and starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier, James Pickens Jr, Mehcad Brooks, Michael Landes, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Bobby Simmons.
"Just Wright" is released on May 14, 2010.