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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446555894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446555890
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Queen Latifah was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. The Queen got her first break in music when a demo tape featuring one of her raps made its way to Tommy Boy Records. She was signed and immediately became a hit. She won the Best New Artist Award in 1990 for her album "All Hail the Queen" which also went platinum. The second single from the album, "Ladies First," was eventually named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll.

By the time her second album "Nature of a Sista'" came out in 1991, Queen Latifah had begun investing in small businesses in her neighborhood, and acting both in television and movies. After the death of her brother and a soured deal with Tommy Boy, The Queen released her third album, "Black Reign", and founded Flavor Unit Records and Management. She also landed a regular spot on Living Single and went on to star in a plethora of feature films including: Set It Off, The Perfect Holiday, Taxi, and Bringing Down the House.

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Queen really spoke to the females.
Dee45
Love Queen Latifah, so any book about her or that she has written is a good read for me.
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This book is truly inspirational and highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on May 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Queen Latifah has been an inspiration for many women. Women of all sizes and races can look up to her as a genuine role model. Put On Your Crown, written by Queen Latifah isn't your regular self-help book. The Queen shares with all of us about her life and how she became the Queen she is today.

Queen Latifah has accomplished so much in her life - much of which I didn't even realize until I read this book. She is an Oscar nominated actress, Grammy winner, Cover Girl, and entrepreneur.

This isn't a how-to become a Queen book. It is a book about how Queen Latifah became who she is today. She gives out some very good advice to her readers, and really shares about her life. Reading this book is like having a conversation with the Queen herself. She really makes it feel like she is talking directly to you - not something easily accomplished in such books.

Throughout Put On Your Crown, Queen Latifah shares with us her struggles with things like weight, successes in her career, extreme sadness and grief from the loss of her brother, how her mother helped the students she taught, and so much more.

One of the stories that stuck with me most was the loss of her brother. He died in a motorcycle accident and she was overcome with grief. She was able to pull herself through and while it wasn't easy, shows how she did it, and was even able to ride her motorcycle again too.

Another thing that really makes me love Queen Latifah even more is the fact that her best friend is her mom too. I'm also very close with my mom. I consider her my best friend too. Her mom was an art teacher at a high school where the students had really hard home lives and had to go through so much in their lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donnica Carter VINE VOICE on June 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Queen Latifah's PUT ON YOUR CROWN is a collection of defining moments in her life that taught her a lesson or helped her to realize her potential. These moments have laid the foundation for her life. Her main goal is to help build young girls' (and women's) self-esteem. Latifah touches on success, love, money, and fear (to name a few). She encourages women to support each other, have a team of people that can help with their goals, and draw on others for strength and wisdom.

There is a queen inside of every woman. Latifah shows how she allowed her queen to shine even through the difficult times. I enjoyed all of her stories and was able to gleam from her experiences. I recommend the book for someone looking for a pick me up or even to just put a smile on your face.

This book was provided courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.

Donnica Copeland
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LegalBeagle on August 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I know this book is marketed to the 16-24 year old female demographic, but as a woman long past that age range I still thoroughly enjoyed Put on Your Crown by Queen Latifah aka Dana Owens. I listened to the audio book version which Owens narrates in a plain spoken and sincere way (girlfriend to girlfriend is how I would describe it).

Put on Your Crown addresses important moments in Owens' life, including, the sudden death of her brother; going broke; body image issues; her parents' divorce; growing up in the `hood and celebrity. She also shares literary (and audio) space with her resilient and inspiring mother, Ms. O, who also offers stories and life lessons.

While I am not familiar with Owens' hip hop music and have only seen a few of her acting roles I grew to admire her by the book's conclusion. She comes across as a friend who has experienced both the highs and lows of life, but still has both feet planted solidly on the ground. I especially liked when she spoke about her close relationships with her mother and late brother. For the most part, Owens seems candid about the matters she addresses: the pressure to be thin in Hollywood; the need to watch one's money no matter how much one has; the need to take breaks to avoid burnout and chemical dependency etc. She also offers a uniquely positive message - that learning to cope with her early failures helped her later to be unafraid in the public arena.

Put on Your Crown is an authentic and powerful message for women of all ages!

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (May 6, 2010), 208 pages.
Review copy provided courtesy of the publisher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Atma Lisa on September 13, 2011
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I was so inspired by reading this book. Queen Latifah wrote this book from an honest, down to Earth personal perspective. She shares her life challenges and how she worked through them without leaving a sense of having achieved a state of perfection. She says, "I love my scar!" about the mark in her forehead. She gives her female reader encouragement to embrace flaws as a blessing. After reading this book, I dressed myself up, and took pictures of myself "Putting on My Crown", began stretching, and walking taller. Excellent and inspiring read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cory on June 2, 2010
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This book should be required for all teen girls and women! The Queen keeps it real, down-to-earth, and applicable to everyday life. Ladies, this is what's missing from our lives: high self-regard. Dana, great job in addressing this topic and how it affects our daily choices in life. You are a superb role model for young girls and women.
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