By Dionne Buxton
Move over Oprah, here’s come the Queen. From rap star to CoverGirl beauty, there isn’t much Queen Latifah hasn’t done and come fall 2013, she’ll add talk show host as another notch on her belt. Latifah is teaming up with Will and Jada Smith who will serve as executive producers on the new show, produced by Sony Pictures Television. Approximately ten years ago The Queen Latifah ran for two seasons, but maybe the second time’s the charm.
The show will be a collaboration between Flavor Unit (a production company that she co-owns alongside Shakim Comper) and Miguel Melendez’ Overbrook Entertainment. “We’ve had a long and successful history both personally and professionally with Overbrook’s Miguel, JL, Jada and Will,” Compere says. “We share a common vision and have been wanting to collaborate for quite some time. The talk show is the perfect project to work on together.”
Will and Jada’s involvement in the project seems natural, as Queen Latifah and the Smith’s certainly have a history with each other. Latifah’s first acting role was on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (remember, Will was feeling her, but couldn’t see past the extra cushion). And she also starred alongside Jada in the 1996 movie Set It Off.
“Throughout their entire partnership, Latifah and Shakim have demonstrated innovation, resulting in numerous successful projects,” Melendez said in a release. “We are excited to join forces with them as well as Sony Pictures TV on this new venture. This forum is the perfect place to showcase Latifah’s tremendous range of talents & unique ability to connect & inspire people.”
Think Queen Latifah can give Oprah a run for her money?