Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom
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Modeled after Maria Shriver's Just Who Will You Be, Queen Latifah's goal with Put On Your Crown is to help young women build a strong sense of self-esteem. A US Dept. of Justice survey found that females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to partner violence than any other group, almost triple the national average. Cases like Chris Brown's assault on pop star Rihanna showed an ugly side of adolescent life. However, Queen Latifah has always been a shining example of a woman happy with herself and unwilling to compromise to fit into the "hollywood ideal" of what a confident beautiful woman should look like. The result: She's one of the biggest A-list celebrities in Hollywood.
yet I went straight from being Sergeant Bray’s daughter to the wife of Lance Owens, a dashing young soldier in the Honor Guard, fresh from his tour of duty in Vietnam. We met at a little service club in Arlington, Virginia, where my father was based at the time, and I didn’t know what hit me. I had acceptances from Howard University and Spelman College, but I gave it all up to move up north to New Jersey and be with my husband. Like my mother when she started having children, I was little more
down gifts and you don’t not appreciate them. That’s part of who you are. It’s the reason we’re all here. I won’t lie—I know I’ve been blessed. I’ve been lucky. Sure, I worked hard, but I’m not so big not to know I couldn’t do it without help—from family, friends, and God. And along with all that good, there’s got to be some bad. That’s life on this earth. We ain’t in heaven yet! And until it’s our time, we’ve got work to do. I now know my brother is where he was supposed to be, and so am I.
better part of a day, but you’d have thought I’d been kidnapped. I finally called Shakim, and when he answered he was nearly hysterical. “Where the hell have you been? I’ve been looking all over for you!” “I needed a break, Sha. It was too much.” “But Dana, why didn’t you say something?” “I tried telling you a few times.” “I’m sorry. We had so much going on, I guess I didn’t hear you.” “Do you hear me now?” And he did, for a while. I came back to the world and started from scratch again.
never going to please everybody. The word “no” requires a lot of practice. I am one of these people who can be a little too generous sometimes. But I think unless they are serious con artists, people tend to show you who they are. If you lend money to friends, you know which ones pay you back and which ones don’t. If you lend to someone with a history of not paying back what they borrow, you might as well consider it a gift. You know the score. So you are either going to give a gift or you are
of Curb Your Enthusiasm where Christian Slater is at a party eating all the caviar. Larry David tells him he has no caviar etiquette. He’s just tearing into this dish like it’s his own private stash, and it’s probably worth hundreds of dollars. You just don’t do that! You Live and You Learn The takers come in all forms, and it’s not just about money. If you let them, people will take advantage of your time, your connections, your love, your body, and your soul. I wrote a song about this on my