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31 May 2010

Book Review: Put On Your Crown by Queen Latifah

Title: Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom
Author: Queen Latifah
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: May 6, 2010
Hardcover: 208 pages
ISBN: 978-0446555890
Genre: Self-Help

From the Publisher:

Modeled after Maria Shriver's Just Who Will You Be, Queen Latifah's goal with Put On Your Crown is to help young women build a strong sense of self-esteem. A US Dept. of Justice survey found that females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to partner violence than any other group, almost triple the national average. Cases like Chris Brown's assault on pop star Rihanna showed an ugly side of adolescent life. However, Queen Latifah has always been a shining example of a woman happy with herself and unwilling to compromise to fit into the "hollywood ideal" of what a confident beautiful woman should look like.

My Review:

There is a queen inside every woman and a girl just waiting to be allowed to be herself, true and authentic and to live in the moment. It is moments that Queen Latifah wants to share with all women and girls in her book Put On Your Crown. Queen Latifah makes it clear she never set out to be a role model, that is too great a responsibility for anyone, rather she was sickened to hear the statistics of women and girls who suffer from low-self esteem. Put On Your Crown is an authentic no nonsense look at moments that can change a person's life or thought process. This is not a book that tells one how to behave, as each person must listen to their own inner queen and follow their own path, rather this book speaks of the moments, those times we often ignore while we are too busy caught up in what could have been or what will be. Queen Latifah makes it quite clear that not all of these crucial moments will be positive ones, but moments to learn from all the same. In Put On Your Crown, Queen Latifah shares pivotal moments in her life and extrapolates those moments to moments we each could be experiencing in our own lives. Queen Latifah speaks directly to the reader in a pure, honest and direct voice, so listen up, Put On Your Crown is one book that should be read by women of all ages.

About the Author:

Queen Latifah was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. The Queen got her first break in music when a demo tape featuring one of her raps made its way to Tommy Boy Records. She was signed and immediately became a hit. She won the Best New Artist Award in 1990 for her album "All Hail the Queen" which also went platinum. The second single from the album, "Ladies First," was eventually named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll.

By the time her second album "Nature of a Sista'" came out in 1991, Queen Latifah had begun investing in small businesses in her neighborhood, and acting both in television and movies. After the death of her brother and a soured deal with Tommy Boy, The Queen released her third album, "Black Reign", and founded Flavor Unit Records and Management. She also landed a regular spot on Living Single and went on to star in a plethora of feature films including: Set It Off, The Perfect Holiday, Taxi, and Bringing Down the House.

I received a complimentary copy of Put On Your Crown by Queen Latifah from Hachette. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.



Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I am almost through with this and completely agree! It is a fantastic read, much like the Queen herself!

Ann On and On... said...

It sounds like a good book. You said for all ages...13 isn't too young? I would love to give this to a young girl I know. The basis of this book is very important.

stacybuckeye said...

I think Queen Latifah is great and can't wait to get my hands on this one!