Queen Latifah has launched The Queen Collective to assist aspiring female filmmakers get projects off the ground.
The legendary rapper/actress has teamed up with Proctor & Gamble to launch The Queen Collective, inspired by Latifah’s own early obstacles in Hollywood. Latifah stated in an interview with PEOPLE that she wants to change the treatment of women in the film industry.
“I think it’s a continuing narrative in Hollywood, unfortunately, and we want to change that entire narrative,” she said. “We want to even the playing field a little bit. Partnering up with P&G for the Queen Collective has been an amazing thing. This is kind of one step of the plan to make things a little different.”
“I do not fit the typical mold of what then was looked at as an A-List actor — say size two, blonde, short, thin. They’re all out the window when it comes to me,” said Latifah. “So I mean, everything had to change. 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. I owe a lot of people credit out there for helping me along, as well as what we were able to do to create for ourselves. One thing I swore that I would do if I got to a position of power, I would make sure that when I looked out behind that camera, that people would look like what America looked like.”