Last week Queen Latifah and AOL announced that they will be partnering up for a web series.
According to Nsenga Burton on The Root, "Queen Latifah will produce and star in an AOL Web series about sports, entertainment and entrepreneurialism, which will be overseen by Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post."
That is a lot to take in, and what exactly does it mean?
When I first heard about this I was excited because I assumed Queen Latifah would be hosting webisodes about women in sports. No wonder my husband says I don't pay attention to details. This project is so much more than that -- it will be part of blackvoices.com.
AOL's blackvoices.com was founded way back in 1996, and according to their website:
Aol Black Voices. is the premiere site for African American news, viewpoints, and community. Visit BV daily to get informed, connect through our profiles, and express yourself on our message boards. Get the latest coverage of black news, black entertainment, black stars, politics, black style and beauty, black relationships, money, and more.
The sports themed talk show for women (my destiny) is real, but only a small part of it. There will also be entertainment and entrepreneurial aspects.
This is where Queen Latifah fits in. She is going to produce the series!
Aside: I'd like to take a moment to talk about how awesome Queen Latifah is. She can rap, she can act, and oh boy can she sing as has been proven with a Grammy award, a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, and an Academy Award nomination. Now she is hosting and producing web shows! That is girl power right there. Take that patriarchy! Did I mention that she played basketball in high school and is a Cover Girl model? Badass.
But just because she is producing the series, doesn't mean we shouldn't expect to see her around. In this respect Queen Latifah likens herself to Barbara Walters. She says, "I'll definitely float in and out."
There is more where this came from, too. It isn't just Queen Latifah, AOL is fighting for its life and CEO Tim Armstrong has recruited all types of famous faces to bring attention to his organization. Arianna Huffington, Heidi Klum, The Jonas Brothers... the list goes on and on, but the one I am the most interested in is Queen Latifah. The woman is a powerhouse and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us.
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