Queen Latifah is the subject of an extensive 12 page
cover story advertorial in the October 2007 Ebony. The puff piece rarely steers from carefully scripted talking points—in this case, it's mostly about Latifah's endorsement contract with CoverGirl (four full page ads in the profile), her new clothing line, and, the magazine's promotion of Harley-Davidson and Honda motorcycles. (The magazine devotes two other features to "blacks on bikes.") The most interesting passage is when Queen Latifah channels Jodie Foster when the always intriguing subject of her sexuality was introduced in a throwaway line:
Asked about the stories swirling on the Internet and elsewhere that claim she is romantically involved with a female fitness trainer, Latifah immediately says: "No comment on that at all. I'm done commenting on all that ... It's ridiculous, I know me and that's all I need to know.
And if the readers don't know me, then that;s one part they aren't going to get to know. Those are my people but they don't sleep with me," she says in a very even tone that is very consistent with her relaxed mood. "It feels so invasive. It's the one thing I don't think people need to know about."
This is a clever denial. Unlike previous statements where Latifah claimed that she was still "looking for a good brotha", the singer-actress now says she is done commenting on one particular situation which is a private matter. (The interviewer also never questioned her sexuality, just that one relationship. Interesting.) Latifah has become the hip-hop Jodie Foster.
Flip past several more full page ads for CoverGirl and there is one more nugget of information: Latifah's "busy career" has prevented her from having children so she will adopt.
"People make assumptions about women who adopt, and I think its wrong," she says. "Some people assume unless you are Angelina Jolie, that you are adopting because you don't have a man and you may be gay and you want to have a kid. I think that's not the right connotation to put to that."
Ebony has almost zero online content so the entire profile—including the behind-the-scenes makeup steps and full page ads—has been included in this PDF. It's thirteen pages long, but, as we said, the most important questions were asked and not-answered in those two or three graphs. Makes you yearn for the old school Latifah who played lesbian on-screen characters (Set it Off, Chicago) and spoke out on the need for role models for all types women.
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