Queen Latifah on Running For Public Office: “If I Can Make a Difference, Why Not?”
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Queen Latifah on Running For Public Office: “If I Can Make a Difference, Why Not?”

Is there anything Queen Latifah can't do? The 43-year-old rapper, actress, and producer has dabbled in literally everything. Well, almost everything.

"Running for office was definitely something I’ve thought about," she dished to Vibe in a recent interview. "When I was younger, I wanted to major in political science. And I’ve been engaged in current events since I was a kid. If I can make a difference and feel passionately and capable, then I would. Why not?"

Congresswoman Latifah has a pretty good ring to it, don't you think? Even from her early days as a rapper singing about domestic violence and women's issues in the Grammy-winning song "U.N.I.T.Y" (yes, we're dating ourselves here), Queen Latifah has always stood out as one of the more socially conscious artists of our time.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the Queen will have much time for playing hardball with the Washington bigwigs any time soon, not with her new nationally syndicated talk show premiering on September 16. If you think back to the '90s again, you'll likely recall her first attempt at daytime TV, which lasted for only two seasons. But this time around things are going to be different, the Chicago star promises.

"The new Queen Latifah Show is not the same Queen Latifah Show. I’m not the same — I’ve had more life experience and a chance to explore acting and producing," she explains. "I was definitely not an A-List actor, so I had a chance to do big $100 million movies."

Even though she probably won't be running for public office any time soon, she can certainly make an impact with her new show, and it seems like that's just what she plans to do.

"We're getting pushed back to the dark ages. We’ve made progress in this country, however, we still have a lot of prejudice: removing the Voting Rights Act, people wanting to appeal Affirmative Action," she laments. "We can hardly even have a conversation about race."

The Queen has spoken, and we can't wait to hear more. Will you tune in to the new Queen Latifah Show on September 16? Tell us below.

Source: Vibe

09.13.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Lindsay Dreyer
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