Queen Latifah has spent much of her life being a ground breaker. After signing her first record deal when she was sixteen, Latifah s energy and talent made it clear she was a unique performer and a special individual. As the first important female rapper, she is credited with being one of the most influential musical performers of her generation. As a savvy businesswoman, she founded a hugely successful record label that signed groups such as Naughty by Nature. As an actress, she was the first rapper to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. Thanks to her television series and movie roles, Latifah has become not only one of the most popular actresses in this country but a role model for young people the world over. Her personal and professional success is proof that if you can dream it, you can do it.