Queen Latifah Cultural Analysis Paper

1115 Words Jun 21st, 2015 5 Pages
Sarah Waring
Topics in Hip Hop
Thomas Taylor

Cultural Analysis: Queen Latifah Queen Latifah is an African American female MC turned TV and movie actress. Her raps and or songs served different social purposes and her focus has remained unbreakable. Latifah’s values could and can be heard in her music. Latifah was skilled at her craft and was able to reach out and connect with her intended audience. It is a known fact that Queen Latifah’s music is deeply connected to the women’s empowerment movement. Latifah’s music served a plethora of social purposes. The term feminist refers to and individual that advocates for women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. “I am someone with or without
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Queen Latifah’s music placed on display specific interests and values that she possessed. Many of Latifah’s values were closely linked to her being a feminist and an advocate of women’s equality. In addition to the previously stated, Queen Latifah’s music shows her Afrocentric beliefs as she often refers back to African roots, culture, and or beliefs within her music. Latifah does so in an assortment of ways. (Latifah) even stated “To me Afrocentricity is a way of living…it’s about being into yourself and into your people, and being proud of your origins.” Queen Latifah was able to display such messages filled with passion and laced with values in part by being a part of a very cultured family. Her Afrocentric beliefs were also displayed through her performances. During her performances, Queen Latifah, often times than not incorporated traditional African dances that went along with the rhythm and beat of her music. Her immense appreciation for African-American and or African traditions and culture is visible in her video for her song “ladies first” when she shows footage of South Africa during the Apartheid. “Ladies First” is a song that is performed by Queen Latifah and Monie Love. Was produced by Tommy Boy Records in 1989. It focuses on the value of women and demands equal treatment of women. The article “Ladies First” Queen Latifah’s Afrocentric Feminist Music Video brings up how this music video doesn’t just focus on feminism but also

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