Birth Name: Dana Elaine Owens
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 18, 1970
Queen Latifah is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, television host, and producer. Her name, Latifah, is Arabic for “delicate” and “gentle.”
Queen is the daughter of Rita Lamae (Bray) and Lancelot Amos Owens. She was raised Baptist. Her brother, Lancelot Owens, a police officer, died in an accident in 1992.
Queen Latifah’s paternal grandfather was James Randall Owens (the son of a man surnamed Owens, and of Inez Hale). Inez was the daughter of Charles Custer Hale and Charlotte.
Queen Latifah’s maternal grandfather was named Henry Lee Bray.
Queen Latifah’s maternal grandmother was Katherine/Catherine Viola Waters (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