Queen Latifah

by ethnic on July 9, 2009

Birth Name: Dana Elaine Owens

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 18, 1970

Ethnicity: African-American

Queen Latifah is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television host and producer, record producer, and comedian. She is African-American. Her name, “Latifah”, is Arabic for “delicate” and “gentle”.

Queen was raised Baptist.

Queen Latifah’s paternal grandfather was James Randall Owens (the son of ? Owens and Inez Hale). Inez was the daughter of Charles Custer Hale and Charlotte.

Queen Latifah’s maternal grandparents are Henry Lee Bray and Catherine (the daughter of Lula Waters).

Queen Latifah has said:

I’m black and we think that all of us think have Native American in us, and if I find out I don’t have any Native American in me, I’m gonna be kinda mad about that… I’m pretty sure I have some Blackfoot and Cherokee Indian in me… I’ve got a lot of Russian in me, apparently.

It is not clear if Queen Latifah’s Native American and/or Russian ancestry has been verified/documented.

Source: Genealogy of Queen Latifah – https://www.geni.com

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andrew July 27, 2017 at 2:39 am


She has stated:

“I’m black and we think that all of us think have Native American in us, and if I find out I don’t have any Native American in me, I’m gonna be kinda mad about that. I’m pretty sure I have some Blackfoot and Cherokee Indian in me… I’ve got a lot of Russian in me, apparently.”

fuzzybear44 July 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm

The thing about that is, even if it didn’t show up in her dna sample, doesn’t mean it’s not in the family. It just could mean she’s was unlucky in the dna milkshake, and it bypass her. Doesn’t mean a brother or sister wouldn’t get it

M May 31, 2015 at 6:29 am

I can see she’s part Native. Unlike these other lying asses who claim to be part Native lol. I am part Native and I can actually claim it because I have an official card. Anyway Queen Latifah seems like she’d be a cool person to hang out with.

karenj February 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Oprah has been verified with only African and native blood. Probably one of the rare black people who are. Most of our light skin comes from randy masters and overseers. If they hadn’t been Randy most of us would not exist. If our ancestors would not have been slaves we would not have existed. There was no other way that even if we were all subsaharian that our ancestors would have even met had there not been slavery. I do no condone slavery but I do not wish it had never happened. I am proud of my ancestors for going through something that only very strong people with a mountain of courage could have gone through. It happened. Face it. Move on.

fuzzybear44 September 22, 2016 at 1:14 am


You say move on, but how can we? They’re still abusing the black people in this country. However instead of the racism being out in the open, it’s cloaked in something called systemic racism. All the dirt that’s done in this country, makes it a little hard to move

Amby January 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Mixed race people were not documented correctly at all. You had white people documented as Mullatto if a census taker didn’t feel they were white enough. It is impossible to try to count the number of multiracial people in the 1790 U.S. Census because of the racial categories used: white, slave, and “other.” The latter was used for “Free Coloreds,” or persons who were free but did not look white. Furthermore, Native Americans were intentionally excluded from the U.S. Census until 1890 (Jobe, 2004). Other types of government surveys were used to count them since tribes were usually accorded the status of quasi-sovereign nations. Census takers used their discretion to determine who fit in the category of “Free Colored,” so it is hard to identify the dividing lines between black, white, and “other.” A “Free Colored” could be a black person who was not a slave, a free person of mixed black and white ancestry, or a free person of another ethnic or racial origin whom the census taker did not feel was white. Sometimes these “others” included individuals of Portuguese, Turkish, or “Black Dutch” heritage. (Both Portuguese and Turkish people are considered “white” by modern U.S. Census standards.)

human January 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm

It use to say native American what happened??????

follers January 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm

There is no evidence that she has Native American ancestry.

kay perez June 17, 2014 at 12:29 am

Yeah there was , she said she did and her grandpa looks full native

follers June 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm

What is the reference?

Leah December 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I knew by looking at her she had some NA.

Daisuke March 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Your a beautiful Native-American women!!!!!

sashafierce564 July 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Queen latifah claims herself as black in her videos, speeches, and on BLACK GIRLS ROCK! She always gonna be African American. And I do think she cares about native side.

Anya April 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

You can really see the NA. She is a great comedy actress.

Andy March 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

She is one of only a few famous people you can actually see her native American side in her facial features :)

Amanie July 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm
Kayla May 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm

myy cousinn :)

liyah May 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

People are mixing up native indian with arabic which are not the same thing. Her name being arabic has nothing to do with her being part native it’s an arabic name not a native name and anyways it’s not even her real name it’s her stage name her real name is Dana Elaine Owens.

zuleyma April 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

yall just hatters keave her alone she the best. you go girl

zuleyma April 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm

daammmm yall just hatters leave her alone she is what she is and she beutiful either way. you go girl

Nuwaubian September 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

B*tch please, her name mean delicate. ..lol. what a joke. There’s nothing delicate about this linebacker.

kalinet December 22, 2010 at 1:47 am

very funny sike dats horrible to say u should be ashamed hahahahaha jk

anonymous February 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

ok first of all stop hatin and get a life cuz ur size dnt determine ur sensitivity.:(

Kiki August 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm

In an interview, Queen Latifah mentioned having some Italian ancestry as well.

total23 May 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm
pinksghetti April 22, 2010 at 5:27 am

No she isn’t, her mom is black I’ve seen her hundreds of times.

Black MON April 22, 2010 at 4:57 am

Her nother is white

anonymous February 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

her mother is not white she is completely african american. maybe in another life she was white.

derell May 19, 2011 at 12:26 am

no she is a horse

levangelista36 July 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

This page is so random.

Latifah doesn’t have a white mother. LOL.

Anonymous September 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm

She represents!! Native Pride!!

Fuck you ethinicelebs.com January 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm

AHHHHHHH shut up she represents African pride have you ever seen her music video, she wears an african pin. Even at the BET music awards she wore it. The little itty bitty drop of Native American doesnt count in a black women in America.

Pook January 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Shame on you, for your name and your racist attitude. You have absolutely no idea what she feels about being partly Native American, so shut up yourself.

liyah May 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

what she’s saying is not nice but people say shit like that about black people all the time on this site so yeah.

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