Queen Latifah Launches Queen Collective, A Movement For Female Filmmakers7 days ago by Amber Le in TV News
Queen Latifah is a true leader indeed as she sets out on to launch the Queen Collective, a movement for female filmmakers. Latifah has graced our small screens and big screens for 30 years and counting, becoming one of the most influential women in hip hop and Hollywood.
During a recent interview with People, she explained how the Collective will work for aspiring creatives. The women will submit their work and two will be chosen for the winning slots. The filmmakers will then collaborate with Latifah and her initiative to bring their ideas to life while also being fully financed, made and distributed.
The legendary Latifah is far too familiar with the stereotype of Hollywood and she is ready to make a change,
“I do not fit the typical mold of what then was looked at as an A-List actor – say size two, blonde, short, thing. They’re all out the window when it comes to me. I had to really change a lot of people’s minds and earn a lot of people. And also create my own endeavors because people just didn’t get it.”
The change for herself and her own career is clearly not enough so she is striving to alter the standards even more, digging deeper than just appearance.
“We see a lot of stories that have been told through their lens in every way, shape and form. White guys have been able to tell their story in every sort of way, and unfortunately it hasn’t been that way for women. And it hasn’t been that way for people of other colors or genders. That’s the part that’s missing. We want to make sure that everyone is allowed to tell their story.”
She is also hoping her new movement will spark a rise and demand for female directors.
“There are just not enough female directors. This is a small part of what we’d like to do to help change the disparity that we see out there in terms of all the dollars that are given to male directors, all the support that’s given to male directors, and everything we see, yet we’re at least half of who’s watching these movies and buying these products. So we want to make sure women have an opportunity… that the queens have an opportunity. The Queen Collective will make sure that happens.”