Queen Latifah's Mother Responds To Akoo Billboard

Mrs. Rita Owens is a legendary educator who has taught, nurtured and mentored hundreds, if not thousands, of students at Irvington High School...not far from the controversial Akoo Jeans bulletin board advertisements in Newark, New Jersey. Owens is also mother of Queen Latifah, who will be honored this afternoon at ESSENCE's annual Black Women In Hollywood event. ESSENCE.com reached out to Mrs. Owens for her insider take on the Akoo billboard controversy of this week, and how it affects the kids in her neighborhood. Read more: Exclusive: Akoo Jeans Model Speaks About BillboardUpdate: TI's Akoo Billboard To Be Taken Down
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