Rapper and actress Queen Latifah has cemented herself as a legend in the entertainment industry. She has empowered individuals through her lyricism and the roles she brought to life in film and television projects have left many inspired. The Newark native—whose real name is Dana Owens—will be honored by Harvard University for her contributions to Black culture, CBS News reported.
The Massachusetts-based Ivy League school will give Owens the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal. The award is bestowed upon influential trailblazers from different industries who have made major contributions towards pushing Black culture forward. “The W. E. B. Du Bois Medal is Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies. It is awarded to individuals in the United States and across the globe in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind,” read the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research’s website.
Other 2019 medal recipients include artist Kerry James Marshall, philanthropist and entrepreneur Robert F. Smith, BET co-founder Sheila C. Johnson, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie G. Bunch III and poet Rita Dove. The awarding ceremony will take place on October 22.
The group will join a long list of prestigious previous medalists who are the epitome of Black excellence. Amongst those who have received W. E. B. Du Bois Medals are comedian Dave Chappelle, athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick, director Ava DuVernay and poet Maya Angelou. This year is shaping up to be nothing short of epic for Owens. In February she announced that she was creating an affordable housing complex in her hometown in an effort to level the playing field when it comes to housing equity.
Witness Greatness: Every Time Simone Biles Won A Medal To Become Most Decorated Gymnast
1. 2019 World Championships, Floor Exercise1 of 32
2. 2019 World Championships, Balance Beam
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Most. Decorated. Ever.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 13, 2019
After winning gold on the balance beam today, Simone Biles is the most decorated gymnast (male or female) in world championships history with 24 medals 🐐 pic.twitter.com/8yrRVKbIvv
3. 2019 World Championships, Vault3 of 32
4. 2019 World Championships, Team USA4 of 32
5. 2019 World Championships, All-Around5 of 32
6. 2018 World Championships, Team USA6 of 32
7. 2018 World Championships, Vault7 of 32
8. 2018 World Championships, All-Around8 of 32
9. 2018 World Championships, Floor Exercise9 of 32
10. 2018 World Championships, Uneven Bars10 of 32
11. 2018 World Championships, Balance Beam11 of 32
12. 2016 Olympics, Floor Exercise12 of 32
13. 2016 Olympics, Vault13 of 32
14. 2016 Olympics, Balance Beam14 of 32
15. 2016 Olympics, All Around15 of 32
16. 2016 Olympics, Team16 of 32
17. 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, Team USA17 of 32
18. 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, All Around18 of 32
19. 2015 World Championships, Team USA19 of 32
20. 2015 World Championships, All-Around20 of 32
21. 2015 World Championships, Balance Beam21 of 32
22. 2015 World Championships, Floor Exercice22 of 32
23. 2015 World Championships, Vault23 of 32
24. 2014 World Championships, Team USA24 of 32
25. 2014 World Championships, All-Around25 of 32
26. 2014 World Championships, Balance Beam26 of 32
27. 2014 World Championships, Floor Exercise27 of 32
28. 2014 World Championships, Vault28 of 32
29. 2013 World Championships, Floor Exercise29 of 32
30. 2013 World Championships, All-Around30 of 32
31. 2013 World Championships, Vault31 of 32
32. 2013 World Championships, Beam32 of 32
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