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Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom Hardcover – May 6, 2010
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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 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. She explained how she would have them write positive things about themselves at the beginning of the year and tell them to post it on their mirror in the bathroom to read while brushing their teeth. I was so inspired, I actually did this too. I really admire her mom for taking such care for her students. It is really teachers like this that make a difference in the world.
I highly recommend Put On Your Crown. It is a fantastic book for those who need some inspiration and the Queen delivers.
* Thank you to the publisher of Put On Your Crown, Hachette Book Group for providing me with a copy of the book for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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.
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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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