Gr 6-10-This well-rounded biography of the celebrity emphasizes how she rose from humble roots to become a rapper, actress, TV personality, author, and businesswoman. This portrayal pays special attention to the influence of her family on her beliefs and behavior. In part, her strong spiritual faith and personal success are attributed to her long and emotionally painful recovery from her brother's death in 1992. Average-quality, black-and-white photos appear throughout. This accessible book shows the tough and triumphant aspects of Latifah's life and stresses her importance as an outspoken role model for many young African-American women.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.