MC/actress Queen Latifah is launching The Queen Collective to help aspiring female filmmakers get the chance to tell their stories.
Queen Latifah is teaming up with Proctor & Gamble to launch the The Queen Collective. The collective was inspired by Latifah’s roadblocks in Hollywood being a woman of color and facing prejudice.
In an interview with PEOPLE, she explained that she wants to change how women are treated and aim to get more women behind the camera.
“I think it’s a continuing narrative in Hollywood, unfortunately, and we want to change that entire narrative,” she says. “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.”
She then continues to explain her experience and struggles in the industry.
“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,” she says. “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.”
The collective will welcome submissions from all kinds of women hoping to tell their story. Two women will be chosen, and the Collective will finance, make and distribute their movie with the mentorship of Latifah herself.
“We see a lot of stories that have been told through their lens in every way, shape and form,” Latifah says. “White guys have been able to tell their story in every sort of way, and unfortunately it hasn’t been that way for women. And it hasn’t been that way for people of other colors or genders. That’s the part that’s missing. We want to make sure that everyone is allowed to tell their story.”