"We all need people to help us and lift us up." After all, it hasn't always been so easy.
Her beloved older brother Wink was killed in a motorcycle accident when he was only 24.
It's this sense of self and the support from her family and friends, including longtime business partner Shakim Compere and personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins (whom she met in 2002), that have helped Queen Latifah, now 40, navigate the murky watersof the record industry — and Hollywood.
Her closest friend Morgan (Paula Patton) takes a liking to him and they begin dating until Morgan realises his career (and baller status) is in jeopardy and bails.
And the stunning Paula Patton plays a stunning gold digger (a 180 from Patton's recent turn as the inspirational teacher in "Precious"). Patton plays Morgan, Leslie's longtime friend with NBA dreams of her own: snag a basketball superstar and become one of those flashy sports spouses dripping with jewelry.
All three collide in this affable romantic comedy that ponders an ongoing female conundrum: If you're the easy-to-hang-with buddy type, why don't men pursue you more fervently as the full-time girlfriend? They both find themselves in the orbit of New Jersey Nets guard Scott Mc Knight (Common). Leslie wants to nurse him back to health following a nasty knee injury.
But this is also a woman who started performing in clubs at 17 and had her own production company and first album — the groundbreaking "All Hail the Queen" — at 19.
She has kept busy ever since, releasing six more albums, doing a five-year run as Khadijah James on the sitcom "Living Single," hosting a talk show from 1999 to 2001, and getting nominated for that Oscar for her performance as Mama Morton in "Chicago." Along the way, she transformed from a tomboy given to baggy pants and tough-girl posturing to a glamour queen who strolled the red carpet at the Academy Awards in March in a custom-made Badgley Mischka dress. Y."), she's playing an unlucky-in-love physical therapist who falls in love with a star basketball player in "Just Wright" (in cinemas Friday).