Queen Latifah to receive W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University

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Queen Latifah appears on the “Today” show on Thursday, April 25, 2019. [Photo by Nathan Congleton/NBC]

Oscar nominee and Grammy Award winner Queen Latifah is among the honorees who will be lauded by Harvard University this week for their contributions to black history and culture.

Harvard will award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Latifah and six other Wednesday through to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, according to the Associated Press.

Other honorees include co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson, poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch III, poet Rita Dove, artist Kerry James Marshall, and Robert Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners.

The award is named after Du Bois, a scholar, writer, editor, and civil rights pioneer who became the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895.

Latifah (“Chicago,” “Girls Trip”) will next be seen on television as Ursula the Sea Witch in “The Little Mermaid Live!,” alongside Auli’i Cravalho, Shaggy, John Stamos and Graham Phillips. The live televised musical will air Nov. 5 as part of “The Wonderful World of Disney” franchise.

In addition, Latifah has several upcoming movies on her slate, including the family film “The Tiger Rising,” the drama “Paper Chase” and the Master P biopic “King of the South,” according to IMDB.


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