Evelyn McDonnell, Rolling Stone, 13 November 1997
ONE WAY to control your career is to declare yourself sovereign. When 19-year-old Dana Owens came rapping out of Newark, N.J., in 1989, she assumed the pose of an African queen, then decreed, 'Ladies First'. Queen Latifah was among the first women to emerge from the hip-hop nation and command a world stage.
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