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Put on Your Crown

Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom
Narrated by: Queen Latifah
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
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Audie Award, Personal Development, 2011

Modeled after Maria Shriver's Just Who Will You Be, Queen Latifah's goal with Put on Your Crown is to help young women build a strong sense of self-esteem. 

A US Dept. of Justice survey found that females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to partner violence than any other group, almost triple the national average. Cases like Chris Brown's assault on pop star Rihanna showed an ugly side of adolescent life. However, Queen Latifah has always been a shining example of a woman happy with herself and unwilling to compromise to fit into the "Hollywood ideal" of what a confident beautiful woman should look like. The result: She's one of the biggest A-list celebrities in Hollywood.

©2010 Queen Latifah (P)2010 Hachette

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  • Chandra
  • 30-05-10

Young Ladies Need Motivation Too

Her voice is familiar and loved by many young people. She gives handy bits of advice that teens and young women can certainly understand and use.
Simple advice about true beauty, money and overcoming adversity are shared without brow beating.

I think it is a good mother-daughter or mentor-mentee share. I listened to the whole book to see if it would be appropriate for my tween daughter. I certainly think it is. I am also recommending it to my friends.

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  • Heidi
  • 13-02-12

Dana is an inspiration. I want to hear more.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. Dana is honest and vulnerable in the telling of her story. She is a regular girl who rose above the obstacles life can throw at us. Her relationship with her mother is deep and together they are paying their blessings forward. This is a must read for all especially teenagers.

What did you like best about this story?

What I loved the most was her human

What does Queen Latifah bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her beautiful voice. It was as if she was sitting in my living room and she was talking to just me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, this is a one sitting book, that I have now listened to three times already. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. I was moved.

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  • edel
  • 22-08-12

Queen Latifah Rocks!!

Would you listen to Put on Your Crown again? Why?

I don't know.. Her voice was beautiful and her story was touching and I am very glad I read it ,but I am not sure I will listen to it again. Although saying that, there are others who will gain a lot from this and who will enjoy listening to this more then once. Dana is very optimistic and a sunny person. It was lovely spending time in her world.

What other book might you compare Put on Your Crown to and why?

Jennifer Hudson's autobiography is quite similar. Both are strong beautiful women who love their families and care very little about all the trappings of fame. They seem like real people that you would enjoy spending time with if you met them in real life.

Have you listened to any of Queen Latifah’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to other performances by her before. I had watched almost all of her movies and I love her as an actress. I love the way she looks at life. Small things giving great enjoyment. Spending time with real friends and family. Taking care of those who took care of her. Taking a moment to live in the moment ..When Dana( Queen Latifah) talked about the loss of her beloved brother I do admit to crying. She describes the moment so vividly in the hospital with her and her mother as they got the bad news it almost felt like I was there too. Her brother is mentioned so often in the book it feels like he was there with her when she was writing/recording it. Mama Owens was a wonderful women too and it is easy to see where Dana got her strength and sensible look on life. Her performance was excellent and touching and I am so glad I listened to this story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Strength Through Troubled Times.

Any additional comments?

Dana's family are very dear to her and with good reason. They seem like really great people. It was lovely gettting to know those close to her and to see what made her the person she is today. A really nice read that encourages me to look up more about this wonderful woman who is an inspiration to all curvy girls out there.

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  • Elisa Rolston
  • 04-06-12

Empowering for women

Would you consider the audio edition of Put on Your Crown to be better than the print version?

I really enjoy audio books. I can listen to them in the car or listen to them as I do chores around the house. It's a great form of entertainment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This question doesn't really apply to an autobiography.

Have you listened to any of Queen Latifah’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not really

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Queen Latifah has more diversity than I gave her credit for. I like her broad perspective on life.

Any additional comments?

I like it that Queen Latifah has a place in the spotlight. There needs to me more room for different types of women in the land of the famous people.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-19

Journey to me

Straightforward tale of self worth. Paying close attention to standing in your truth, believing in yourself, taking care of yourself, surrounding yourself with positive people, and not letting your morals be compromised on the journey.

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  • CF6
  • 23-05-19

It's more than just a gorgeous voice -

I have always enjoyed Queen Latifah for her gorgeous speaking and singing voice, her amazing smile, and her down-to-earth ways. After listening to this book in the car for the last week or so, I really wish I could meet her and tell her how much I appreciate this book.

First of all, it is rare to realize that a "famous person" is really that genuine. She seems like a good girlfriend would be, who maybe had a little more money and fame than the usual, but still REAL.

I've read a lot of self-help books, and I've even read books that spoke about deep, heartfelt grief. Her chapter on loss really hit home with me, though, and maybe I was just ready to really soak in her message.

Plus, that voice. And her Mama's chapter. Ms. Dana and Ms. O - a terrific book.

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  • DMccloskey
  • 19-03-19

Inspirational

I was having a down day and looking for a book that might help me process ‘life’. I really enjoyed what I heard and took an entire page of notes of things I want to remember, like -
- You’re authentic self is not fixed. Parts of you will continue to change and grow.
- Don’t give up. It is human nature to want instant gratification but keep moving forward.
- Familiar is comforting but boring. Explore and experience. Focus on the journey.
- When self confidence is low. It is all to easy to think you are not up to parr with those around you and the cycle continues. It is not static either. It comes and goes in different situations.
- Self love is something we need to work at everyday.
- We make our worst decisions when we don’t feel our best.
- My mother exposed us to things. She nurtured our souls with experiences. Make sure you know there is a bigger world than is in front of you.
- Live spelled backward is EVIL
- Hatred and judgement toward you is the other persons problem, not yours.
- Fear is Crippling. Make you stuck. Fear - others will reject you if you show your real safe. Fear kills the real you. Your mind gets in your way when you keep saying I can’t. If you just do it then you have more of a chance to succeed. In hindsight look back and realize it was nothing but your mindset that held you back. “When you think you stick. When you throw your heart and souls into something without over analyzing it you can excel.” At your best when fully absorbed and NOT focused on how you are performing. Some of scariest times are standing alone or walking away from the group doing something questionable.
- Can’t succeed at anything if you don’t fail along the way and continue to move on. When you fail, you survive and move forward. Failure isn’t bad but not trying is a travesty.
- Facing fear is path to destiny. Sometimes we fear the things we desire the most because of the fear of messing up but imagine never doing that thing you love.
- You can’t be everything to everyone. You need to say no and for the most part people won’t care in the long run. It’s more honest and that is better for the relationship in the long run. Don’t be a martyr. If they are true friends they will accept the no understanding that you just can’t. If they don’t then reevaluate the relationship and it may be time to let them go. You need to know when to protect yourself and walk away and that takes self esteem. We need people and it is hard to walk away from your posse but sometimes it is important to do it.

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  • Miss Amy
  • 10-02-19

A bit dated, but sincere

If you’re in need of encouraging life-lessons from a powerful woman, and you are a passionate Queen Latina fan, you’ll be very happy with this book. There’s clearly a lot of heart put into this work.

I don’t regret the time I spent listening. But, unlike Michelle Obama’s biography, Becoming, I’m not shouting from the rooftops about it.

It’s 9 years old and much of the world has changed. It also has a somewhat confusing organization/structure and there are places in her performance that feel like even though these are her stories, it’s not her writing. On the other hand, there are many golden moments when her writing, voice, and passion click together and they made it worth the listen for me.

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  • Katlego
  • 05-12-18

Inspiring

This is truly a beautiful book that helps black women like me to realize their worth and to put on their crown. Thank you for sharing your life stories with us

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  • Monica Berlinski
  • 18-01-18

love this book!

It's for any woman or girl looking for some support and guidance in life. Remember, if she can do, you can too! This is a very inspiring book. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3