Am I the only one who misses the tough, feminist Queen Latifah? This one?
Also, I just remembered a segment from MTV back in the day where Latifah is giving a tour of the video store she owned, commenting "adult films are in the back." I kind of loved the idea of renting a dirty video and then having Queen Latifah at the counter when I got there. Did I dream this?
Anyway, I blame Living Single (even though I love it.) If you haven't seen this opening in a while, do yourself a favor. God, I'm glad the 90's are coming back.
Still, I miss the Latifah who wrote U-N-I-T-Y, which was heavily featured in my favorite indie film as a teenager, Girls Town, a movie in which a 35 year-old Lilli Taylor plays a teenage mother from the ghetto (remarkably well, actually.)
It came out around the time I was only hanging out with riot grrls, none of whom were very into hip hop but ALL of whom loved, loved, loved U-N-I-T-Y.
(Note to Queen Latifah, you can't be a strong woman and be a closeted lesbian at the same time. Just saying.)