*Queen Latifah hit up the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend where she opened up about her career and how her latest business endeavor, The Queen Collective Shorts, is working to uplift women filmmakers.
“For us, giving people the opportunity who may not otherwise receive one is what we’ve been doing from day one,” Latifah told the audience about the collective. “[These people] can be so creative — they’ve got more creativity in their pinky than people who have masters degrees and doctorates, and when you see that kind of talent you can’t walk away from it.”
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Yesterday at the @Tribeca Talk with #MarcPritchard and #DeeRees we discussed gender and racial equality on-screen and behind the camera. With support from @ProcterGamble, we’ve premiered two shorts from diverse women who embody our mission #Tribeca2019 #QueenCollective pic.twitter.com/S0pMN1rmw2
— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) April 27, 2019
The former hip hop star appeared healthy as she attended the after party for her program amid reports about the status of her health, according to RadarOnline.com.
Late last year, the outlet claimed the “Girls Trip” actress had secretly been visiting a cancer treatment center in Beverly Hills for nearly a year.
“It’s a serious concern,” said an insider. “She goes every couple of weeks and spends two or three hours inside the infusion unit. She’s been going for at least eight months.”
News about Latifah’s health crisis followed the deaths of her brother Lance and her mother after a decade-long heart condition, the report states.
“Rita had chronic heart failure and was on medication. She had a defibrillator implanted in her chest, and Latifah was her constant caregiver to the very end,” a friend shared with Radar.
We’re unveiling The Queen Collective this Saturday. Created in partnership with @IAMQUEENLATIFAH and @Tribeca Developed to address the issue of lack of diversity in the entertainment & advertising industry. Two female filmmakers were chosen to create an original documentary. pic.twitter.com/MBtbcrRR8P
— P&G (@ProcterGamble) April 25, 2019
At the time of her mother’s death, Latifah told PEOPLE in a statement, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens, passed away today,” she said. “Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldly but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.”
Meanwhile, Latifah’s fiancée’ Eboni Nichols is reportedly expecting the couple’s first child together.