Another jewel has been added to the crown of Queen Latifah.
Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday that the rapper, singer and actress would be the latest recipient of its Marian Anderson Award, named after the pioneering opera singer and Philly native who became the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955.
The award salutes “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way.”
Latifah, born Dana Owens in Newark, New Jersey, was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Matron Mama Morton in 2002′s Chicago, and Grammy for her song U.N.I.T.Y. Kenney says she’s “an excellent role model and clearly well-deserving of this prestigious honor.”
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