Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom

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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 ...

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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. The result: She's one of the biggest A-list celebrities in Hollywood.

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Rapper, singer, actress, author Queen Latifah is one of the most recognizable and beloved women on the planet. In each of her specialties, she shows her millions of fans what an energetic small-town girl from Jersey can do even when the odds are against her. Like her 1999 autobiography, Ladies First, this mentoring guide draws on the experiences of herself and her friends to lay its life lessons. Put on Your Crown focuses on issues such as partner violence and sexual abuse that pervade our society. A personal lesson in self-empowerment. (Hand-selling tip: Like any other book by Queen Latifah, this book has strong crossover appeal.)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781607881964
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 5/6/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: 4 CDs, 5 hours
  • Pages: 4
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

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    Moments

    Queen Latifah's "Put On Your Crown - Life Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom" is an impressive read geared towards young ladies. I love how Queen shares tidbits from her personal life and experiences in order to help not only inspire and uplift, but teach others how imperative it is for them to take pride in who they are.

    Parents, mentors and neighbors who are looking for something positive to share with their daughters, nieces, cousins and other young women, I highly recommend "Put On Your Crown."

    Celebrate. Make every moment count. Walk tall. Wear your crown with pride.

    Reviewed by: Crystal

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Act Like the Queen You Are

    Oscar-nominated, Grammy-award-winning actress and hip hop royalty Queen Latifah just released her second self-help book, Put On Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom, last month (Ladies First was her first book, with Karen Hunter). In it, the first hip hop artist on the Walk of Fame takes just under 200 pages to discuss her career strides and life lessons as "a series of moments." I agree with the sentiments mentioned in her introduction about how young women seem to have low morale and self-esteem in this country. I hope that this book combined with her celebrity will lift some of the negativity that females inflict on themselves and other females, especially Black females.

    I read this book in a few hours, and enjoyed its conversational tone and simplistic chapter titles (e.g., "Beauty," "Money," "Joy"). Latifah covers several topics, relating her own career and experiences to life lessons that we all can apply.

    The recurring theme I took from this book overall is to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and not take them for granted-especially when it comes to everyday moments with loved ones. If you want to read some more highlights, thoughts and spoilers about this book, check out my blog, dareesinsights [dot] wordpress [dot] com.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Very Inspirational

    This is a great book! Could be very useful in working with young women.
    Some great lesson for all ages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Incredible 5 star

    Even though you are not perfect god made you to be perfect and he giving you these moments to find out who you are and how you let people challenge you. Give yourself a chance in your one lifetime and see if you can set examples for others because you have learned from yours. This will really keep the disease rate down. Especially for the young teenagers( girls)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Good book

    And good actor.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    A MUST READ!

    The Queen has done it--written a book which will inspire us all to take what we are given in life and use those things to do our best, be our best, and look for the best in other people. While the book may be marketed as an autobiography or memoir, I see it more as a self-help manual. Queen Latifah lets us into the dark corners of her life, from living in the projects to having no money even after she had achieved greatness in her musical career to the death of her beloved brother. She also tells us of the joys in her life and reminds us that the joys are the things we need to hold on to. While the book is aimed at females, men can benefit from reading it as well. There is such an uplifting message that we all CAN be queens; we just need to believe in ourselves. Although there is language in the story which may be inappropriate for some readers, Queen Latifah's words can make a big impact on teen girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Most encouraging book i have ever read

    Most encouraging book i have ever read. It really speaks out to all women. Lets you know that no matter what everythign will work itself out and everything happens for a reason! Would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    A good short book

    This is a good short read for the ladys.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Life lessons that we can all use!

    While I don't necessarily think of myself as a young woman anymore (which is who the book is geared towards) I do think that this book contains lessons that any woman, and even men, should learn. The basic ideas of the book are love yourself for who you are, take time to care for yourself first, and love the people around you for who they are.

    I've always liked Queen Latifah. She's always seemed to me to be fairly grounded. I think my favorite thing about this book is that she proves to the reader that she's just a normal person. She makes mistakes, she's not perfect, and she realizes that. I think she's a great role model. (Side note I LOVE her fashion sense. I have for a while, but my love for her eye was solidified when I read How to Never Look Fat Again and it says something to the effect that if you're a plus size woman dress like Queen Latifah, she knows what she's doing.)

    I've been going through some tough times mentally in the last year or so and reading this book did help me. While it's mostly stuff I already knew (like I said it's geared for young women, and I have left that arena a bit ago) it was information that I needed to remind myself. Somehow reading that "The Queen" was and had been going through some of the same things really helped me find the strength I needed to kick my own butt and get myself back on track again.

    If you're having some self doubt, about anything in your life pick this one up. If you know a young woman pass it along. It can't hurt to try and teach a young woman the lessons we've all had to learn the hard way! It also could be beneficial for some young men. It's written for a woman, but I think the lessons are great for men or women.

    A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. This is not a paid review and is a truthful and honest review.

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    We all know and love Queen latifah from inspiring lyrics, funny movies, and ground breaking work in front of and behind the camera. Proudly we can extraordinary and inspirational author to her list of accomplishments. Latifah paints a vivid picture of trail and tribulation by us through her personal journal. Tackling issues such as body image, becoming a female MC, fling for bankruptcy, lover her mother, and learning to lover herself. Latifah doesnt sugar coat her life and keeps it real and relatable. A great read for all ages.

    Minolta White
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