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8 Things Vanessa Williams and Queen Latifah Have in Common

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Today, (March 18) is Vanessa Williams and Queen Latifah birthday. Along with sharing the same born day, these two divas have more than a few other things in common.

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Multi-talented

Vanessa and the Queen are actors, singers, spokesmodels, and philanthropists. And let’s not forget Queen Latifah is an MC turned talk show host, while Vanessa Williams was the first black Miss America. 

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Television and Film Credits

Queen Latifah is best known for her role in the popular 90’s sitcom "Living Single," while Vanessa had starring roles in ABC’s "Ugly Betty" and "Desperate Housewives" (and countless other films.)

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Award-Winners

Along with her Miss America title in 1983, Mrs. Williams has won multiple NAACP awards and been nominated for Grammy, Emmy, and SAG awards.

Queen Latifah has won Grammys, a Golden Globe and was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Chicago.

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Northern Girls

Vanessa was born in Millwood, New York and her alma mater is Syracuse University.

Queen Latifah was born in Newark, New Jersey and her alma mater is Irvington High.

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Gay Rights Activism

Both are supporters of gay rights. In 2011, Williams participated in an HRC campaign “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" while The Queen officiated a gay (and straight) wedding at the Grammys earlier this year.

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Endorsements

Vanessa was a spokesmodel for Proactiv Solutions and L’Oreal Cosmetics back in the 90’s. She has appeared in RadioShack, Crest, and Disney Land advertisements. Williams also does the voice of Mrs. Brown, an animated  M&M, for Mars incorporated.

Queen Latifah is the spokesmodel for Cover Girl cosmetics, Curvation intimates, and Jenny Craig. She’s also done voiceovers for Pizza Hut.

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Tragedies

Queen Latifah lost her older brother in a motorcycle accident in 1992, and also struggled with depression and drug abuse.

Vanessa Williams admitted to being sexually molested by a family friend at the age of 10.

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Surgery

Queen Latifah had a breast reduction surgery (which downsized her from a F to a DD cup.)

In 2008, Vanessa Williams admitted to Barbara Walters that she is an avid user of Botox injection, calling it “the miracle drug.”

 

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Whitney Houston's personal life has been explored ten times over since her untimely passing in 2012 but one of her closest friends wants to share with the world the Whitney she knew and ultimately fell in love with.

In excerpts to People Wednesday (Nov. 6), Robyn Crawford presents a strong bond between the two in her new memoir, A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston. The singer and Crawford met in their youth while working at a summer camp in East Orange, New Jersey. From there, their friendship blossomed into something more romantic. With homophobia running rampant in the 80s, Crawford says they never looked at labels but enjoyed the experiences they shared together.

“We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay,” writes Crawford. “We just lived our lives and I hoped it could go on that way forever.”

As their journey continued, Whitney's star began to rise which put allegedly put their romance on ice. “She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore,” writes Crawford. "Because it would make our journey even more difficult. She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us....and back in the ’80s, that’s how it felt. I kept it safe. I found comfort in my silence.”

Whitney's relationship with Crawford was mentioned in the 2018 documentary Whitney. Created by the singer's estate, the film focused on the singer's legacy and didn't include first-hand accounts from Crawford. Family members were weary of their special friendship.

"I’ve never seen them do anything but I know that she was something that I didn’t want my sister to be involved with," Whitney's brother Gary stated in the documentary.

But Crawford is finally ready to tell her own story while "lifting" Houston's legacy.

“I wanted to lift her legacy, give her respect and share the story of who she was before the fame, and in that, to embrace our friendship,” she tells People. "I'd come to the point where I felt the need to stand up for our friendship. And I felt an urgency to stand up and share the woman behind the incredible talent."

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston is expected to hit bookshelves this fall.

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"My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy!" she wrote on Instagram. "We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family."

The vocalist continued to state that fans can follow her pregnancy journey on her YouTube series The Keke Show where she gives an intimate look at how she balances her career and motherhood.

 

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My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy! We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family. Stay tuned for the release date & information for my new YouTube Series “The Keke Show” where you will see me balancing Wife, Mommy and Artist!!! Trust me.. it’s never a dull moment with my family. Love ya sugars💋💋💋 photo credit: @keever_west Styled/Designed by: @keever_west Asst: @freddyoart

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"I just don't believe in shutting down. I believe in that's what the Lord had for me," she said. "Babies don't get in the way of careers, we get in the way of careers. If that's what the Lord had for me from the very beginning, there's nothing nobody can do and nobody can say."

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Summer Walker's debut album Over It has everyone's heart aflutter, including Drake.

Off the heels of her debut project, the Atlanta songstress shared Drake's admiration for her project Sunday (Oct. 6) which included collaborations from Jhene Aiko, Usher. 6LACK and Bryson Tiller. Drake had a strong reaction to "Fun Girl," a track that speaks to the acoustic aura of her precious project, CLEAR.

Sharing his love with more than a few emojis, the rapper reveals the song inspired him to pen two new songs at the crack of dawn.

 

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So I guess fun girl is his favorite song on the album, mines isss... BODY🥰 what’s yours ?

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Summer and Drake worked together for the remix to her breakout hit, "Girls Need Love." In Billboard's  “You Should Know” series, the singer says the two met via Instagram after he gushed about her visuals to the original track. "He said, 'I saw your video on a bowling alley monitor. Thought it was cool,'" she recalled. She added it was Love Renaissance's Justice Baiden who talked her into asking Drake for the remix. The singer is signed to the label along with Grammy-nominated singer 6LACK.

Things have been looking great for the singer. Her album has topped Spotify and YouTube since it's release Friday and is expected to make a nice debut on Billboard's 200 charts.

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