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Flavor Unit, the production company, founded by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, has inked an incredible first-look deal with Audible.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first project from this audio-only deal is a short-form Audible Original from the screenwriter Michael Elliot (“Brown Sugar,” “Just Wright,” “Like Mike.”)
The project documents Elliot’s journey from being a homeless teenager living in Philadelphia to becoming a screenwriter and is titled “Streets, Rhymes & Sugar: A Hip-Hop Memoir.”
It will be released on Aug. 5. A scripted romantic comedy penned by Elliot, “Technically Speaking,” is also underway.
“We are so excited to collaborate with Audible on a collection of shows that will highlight different communities, community leaders and friends of mine,” Queen Latifah shared in a statement. “A common thread within all of these shows will be to share stories that bring hope and entertainment to those at home who’ve had a tough year.”
Just last month, the Hip-Hop icon Queen Latifah was honored at the 2021 BET Awards with the prestigious lifetime achievement award.
Before she hit the stage to accept the award, fellow female rappers Rapsody, Lil Kim Monie Love and MC Lyte paid tribute to Latifah with a high-energy medley of “Ladies First” and “U-N-I-T-Y.”
“Thank you so much, everyone. Thank you, my sisters – y’all my sisters in the name of rap. You always have been. I’m so extremely moved that I don’t even know what to say. Let me just say that I want to thank God because God designed this whole thing to be this way,” she said, following the tribute.
During an interview with People, she credited her parents for her success.
“I think my parents really tried to make me strong at a young age. I was very fortunate to have both sides of the coin,” she told the magazine.
“I’m definitely a product of my parents. My father really made me tough in certain ways. He taught me how to fight. He put me in taekwondo classes. Everything my brother could do, I was included in. I wasn’t separated with that boy-girl kind of thing.”