Queen Latifah is all smiles on the cover of Rolling Out magazine’s latest issue. With her latest film debuting later this week and with her popular VH1 television series making it’s way back, she has plenty of reason to be happy. In her interview with the publication, Latifah talked about how her new film, Joyful Noise is uplifting for everyday people, how music has changed her life and how she manages to stay grounded spiritually:
ON THE FILMS FOCUS ON WORKING-CLASS AMERICANS:
I think it’s always something that’s very necessary. The people in the film are dealing with the recession, personal issues and family issues. So to have God to lean upon is very important. Even if you are not a Christian, people can relate to the spiritual, uplifting, and inspirational aspects of the movie. When they walk out of the theater, it gives them a little hope for the future. You don’t get that in many films these days. It speaks to all ages and especially young people who are very spiritual and need movies like that to uplift them as well.
ON HOW MUSIC CHANGED HER LIFE:
It started with me writing down my thoughts and my feelings. That was important for me because my writings turned into poetry, which then turned into raps. But it started with me just writing my thoughts down. It really helped to release those feelings. It kinda kept me on a positive path and away from getting in trouble and acting out.
ON HOW HER FAITH KEEPS HER GROUNDED:
I do a lot of things that make me have to lean on Jesus. I’m definitely not perfect, but having that faith has allowed me to not become of Hollywood, of hip-hop or of the ‘hood. I step into those worlds and God quickly reminds me of what the truth really is. [Source]