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Queen Latifah Covers July Essence & Reveals Abuse+2009 Essence Festival Is Coming...

Queen Latifah is looking summery and pretty fab on the July cover of Essence mag.  In the issue, she reveals her story of her own abuse as a child that she's never opened up about before: Of the traumatic experience, Latifah tells that she was violated by a teenage babysitter, saying, “He violated me. I never told anybody. I just buried it as deeply as I could and kept people at an arms length. I never really let a person get too close to me.” She also admits that, because of the abuse, she’s since struggled with commitment. “I could have been married years ago, but I had a commitment issue.” Interesting.

And speaking of Essence, the Essence Music Festival is going down July 3-5 in New Orleans as usual this year.  It's the 15th Anniversary so they're bringing in Beyonce, Maxwell, Ne-Yo, En Vogue, Solange, Keri Hilson, Lalah Hathaway, Anita Baker, John Legend, Salt N Pepa, and tons of other true performers for the Superdome concerts.  And the sexiness that is Idris Elba is hosting Essence Encores!--the official Essence after party circuit.  Fun times indeed. Check out the site for all the artists and more info about the weekend here.

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you would love the essence

you would love the essence 2009 cd!
katie88's picture

The festival was off the

The festival was off the chain this yr! Spent most of my time in the Bond Over Beauty suite getting my style on. Queen Latifah killed it, of course.
Sarina's picture

this is a sorry ass line up

this is a sorry ass line up for the essence festival who in the hell wants to see salt & pepper? thought she was saved? anyway bring Mary J Blige back and maybe the ojays or somebody who you can really feel
karen's picture

Where oh where did my comment

Where oh where did my comment go? :(
ishouldbeworking's picture

wish her many more years of

wish her many more years of success!!!! seeing a black woman like her doing the damn thing does my heart good.
cat4everrr's picture

queen latifah looks confused

queen latifah looks confused and uncomfortable as hell in the pic. I just wish she would come out already. stop lying to urself!
michelle's picture

First Love is a wonderful

First Love is a wonderful thang....: he can sue. Its illegal for a company to fire someone based on discrimination. call your family attorney asap Yes he is currently doing that!! It was really messed up all of a sudden he couldnt do anything right and he had been a manager for years. Society is still full of prejudice and then he was like I shouldnt have came out, I told him you have to be yourself and "DO YOU"!!
It doesnt change's picture

QL, really? I am not buying

QL, really? I am not buying this one...(side eye) I know it is not anybody's business about your sexual preference, however, this is 2009 - get over yourself and just comeout already, PLEASE!! You will do wonders for the gay/lesbian community!
Cookilicious's picture

I like the "queen".. who

I like the "queen".. who cares about which sex she wanna get down with.. as long as they're of legal age and give consent what does it matter..... it's her personal, sexual business....
Mah2daDEA's picture

oh queen hate to hear that

oh queen hate to hear that same thing happened to me but it was my stepfather so i know the feeling....hate that to happen to anybody...
:)))))'s picture

I wish I could go to the

I wish I could go to the Essence festival this year. That is an all star line up. Should be off the chain.
SAY NO TO TATTS's picture

Every time Queen gives an

Every time Queen gives an interview, she talks about this "incident". Nothing new. She really needs to stop. Essence Festival...blah.
Erica (original)'s picture

Ms ILBA, Mabye I am taking

Ms ILBA, Mabye I am taking this out of context and you are just kidding if so please forgive me. But when you mad the comments about gays... "unless they are around kids or a proctologist or something" But there are straight men that molest little girls. So why can't a gay person watch a kid?
Kinny B's picture

It doesnt change: Just a

It doesnt change: Just a question what is it to us for her to come out of the closet. I have a brother who came out and it made matters worse on his and he ended up being fire for some bull** so she can keep her life to herself and as long as she is happy then lets be happy for her!!! he can sue. Its illegal for a company to fire someone based on discrimination. call your family attorney asap
First Love is a wonderful thang....'s picture

She looks absolutely

She looks absolutely radiant!!!!!! Get it QUEEN!!!
chaka1's picture

As a survivor of sexual

As a survivor of sexual abuse, I can relate wholeheartedly to Ms. Latifah. I have commitment issues that would put Diddy to shame. God bless you Queen. As for her sexuality, gay or straight she is the business. One of the best female rappers of our time, one hell of an actress, and can blow as a singer. I can't wait for the essence festival. I finally get to see my baby Mr. Thicke. Maxwell would be cool too.
Anon's picture

It doesnt change: Just a

It doesnt change: Just a question what is it to us for her to come out of the closet. I have a brother who came out and it made matters worse on his and he ended up being fire for some bull** so she can keep her life to herself and as long as she is happy then lets be happy for her!!! Thats sad 'bout your brother. It's a shame that predujice still exist in all forms and it's also sad to say that I don't think it's going no where.
Does it really matter's picture

ThatChickInLawSchool(23

ThatChickInLawSchool(23 never felt so good! ~June 6~): Love the Queen. She is fab! How was the bday celebration?
ishouldbeworkinginstead's picture

ThatChickInLawSchool(23

ThatChickInLawSchool(23 never felt so good! ~June 6~): Love the Queen. She is fab! Happy Belated!!
I love black people's picture

It doesnt change: Just a

It doesnt change: Just a question what is it to us for her to come out of the closet. I have a brother who came out and it made matters worse on his and he ended up being fire for some bull** so she can keep her life to herself and as long as she is happy then lets be happy for her!!! That's messed up, sorry to hear about that with your brother and all. I don't see what a person's sexuality gotta do with a job, unless they are around kids or a proctologist or something
MRS les923 ELBA ~ Obama's #1 Stan's picture

Love the Queen. She is fab!

Love the Queen. She is fab!
ThatChickInLawSchool(23 never felt so good! ~June 6~)'s picture

What a Beautiful Woman. I

What a Beautiful Woman. I have been through sexual abuse as well, she's a strong woman! God Bless Her I don't care if she's straight or gay, I'm happy she's a survivor of sexual abuse.
Tonya-I'm not gaining weight...My pants were in the dryer to's picture

I will be at the Festival!!

I will be at the Festival!! So excited! :D
ishouldbeworkinginstead's picture

Good Morning All Yall see my

Good Morning All Yall see my baby getting them checks! Bring home that money to Mama Iddyyyyyyyyy...........
MRS les923 ELBA ~ Obama's #1 Stan's picture

She never has to come out in

She never has to come out in my opinion. I thinks she's a beautiful lady, and her private business is just that, her business!
LUVTHEOBAMAS's picture

What difference does it

What difference does it really make if she gay or not. It's her business and if you truly like her as an entertainer(which we really only know her by) I could care less about her personal status.
Does it really matter's picture

I love the Queen!! I miss her

I love the Queen!! I miss her Living Single hair...it was FAB
I love black people's picture

Tee Marie: okay….Queen,

Tee Marie: okay….Queen, when will you come out the closet? Just a question what is it to us for her to come out of the closet. I have a brother who came out and it made matters worse on his job and he ended up being fire for some bull** so she can keep her life to herself and as long as she is happy then lets be happy for her!!!
It doesnt change's picture

Is that Keri Hilson in the

Is that Keri Hilson in the way back of the poster behind Bey?
MUAH's picture

Nice picture of the Queen?

Nice picture of the Queen? Whatever she prefers she is the business and I don't even care about her personal life!!
sasha's picture

Top 10. Queen looks great.

Top 10. Queen looks great. Looking forward to the Essence Awards.
Toy Toy's picture

Wow...teen years...that's a

Wow...teen years...that's a long time to keep something like that bottled up. I wonder who would have been the lucky person...and if she still wants a baby...
Chica's picture

Tee Marie: okay….Queen,

Tee Marie: okay….Queen, when will you come out the ? No disrespect but she doesn't have to. I think it's pretty clear that she's a lesbian. I surely don't need any confirmation. *shrugs shoulders*
Whoa!'s picture

only way she could have been

only way she could have been married years ago is if gay marriage was legal in that state at that time. girl please.
bubblin' brown shuga's picture

Bey is in the front as

Bey is in the front as always. Chick is bad. Yardy: All hail the Queen, she is the business!! That's right!
RazBerrySwirls's picture

okay....Queen, when will you

okay....Queen, when will you come out the closet?
Tee Marie's picture

Yardy: All hail the Queen,

Yardy: All hail the Queen, she is the business!! Indeed
CIRESLADYONE's picture

Yardy: All hail the Queen,

Yardy: All hail the Queen, she is the business!! All hail the KING you mean. LOL j/k
Whoa!'s picture

I will be there!!!! I love

I will be there!!!! I love Essence festival!
Divadeebr's picture

All hail the Queen, she is

All hail the Queen, she is the business!!
Yardy's picture

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