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Queen Latifah's Take on Condi: It's Enough to Make Her Hair Curl

By Richard Leiby
Tuesday, April 5, 2005; Page C03

Queen Latifah's message to Condi Rice: Do something with that hair!

On National Public Radio last week, the actress was gabbing about her latest flick, "Beauty Shop," when somehow the secretary of state came into play. "As long as she keeps that hairstyle, there's always going to be another 'Beauty Shop' movie," the Queen pronounced.

America's deep-rooted issue isn't Iraq or North Korea; it's Condoleezza Rice's head of hair, says Queen Latifah. (Mian Khursheed - Reuters)

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Here's the context of her chat with host Ed Gordon: "As long as women have hair on their head, once a week we got to go get it taken care of. And we're always going to have to hit the beauty shop, and that's where we're going to hear all the latest gossip on whose bad kids didn't do right in school and what the president is talking about and who likes it and who doesn't. And is Condoleezza ever going to let one of us get at that head? . . .

"I mean, that's the true issue that America has to face. It's not North Korea. It ain't South Korea. It ain't Iran. It ain't Iraq. It's Condoleezza and can she get in my salon and can we really lay a hot comb to that head?"

Gordon: "Owww!"

Latifah: "You feel me? Because we will hook her up. . . . We'll throw some curls in there."

But at least our beloved madam secretary still has those knee-high boots.

Paul Anka's Deutsch Treat

Paul Ankaloves Germany. "I'm in the top five over there -- along with 50 Cent and J. Lo," he happily informs us. Seems the Germans are loving Anka's new "Rock Swings" CD, on which he croons hits by Soundgarden, Van Halen and Nirvana, among others. But never mind Germany: It's Anka's Lebanese heritage that brings the 63-year-old to town to -- big surprise -- pick up an award. The American Task Force for Lebanon will honor him for lifetime achievement at a gala tonight at the Ritz-Carlton downtown.

"I don't know if you ever get enough," the former teen idol says of awards in general. "I want to get 'em while I'm young enough and in shape."

He readily confesses that he's "not a total expert on the Lebanese experience." He was born and raised in Canada. "But Lebanon itself is a great country. Been there once, four or five years ago. It's just a very vibrant place."

Anka rose to fame with his songs "Diana," "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" and "Puppy Love." He also wrote the lyrics to Frank Sinatra's signature tune, "My Way." There have long been rumors that Sinatra didn't like singing the song, but Anka insists: "He loved it. That was all press stuff. Are you kidding me? It brought his career around. He stayed longer."

Before doing "My Way," Anka would tell his audience, "This next song I'm going to sing brings tears to my eyes because I'm so sick of singing it," and he says Sinatra used the same riff. "But trust me, there's no crowd that he didn't want to sing it to."

Glad we cleared that up. As for how Anka interprets such modern-rock hits as Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face" and Oasis's "Wonderwall," American fans will just have to wait. Though huge in Germany, the CD hasn't been released here yet.

A D.C. Baseball Critic Serves Up a Curve


Who's that in the tricorn hat watching the Mets-Nationals game? Why, it's Adam Eidinger. (J.J. McCoy - The Washington Post)
• Here's one out of left field: Yes, that was Adam Eidinger, a vehement foe of the city's baseball deal, enjoying the Nationals' exhibition game with the New York Mets on Sunday at RFK Stadium. "The sport is uniquely American, and many people of different political perspectives can enjoy it," explained the political gadfly and statehood activist, who scuffled with Washington baseball boosters Charlie Brotman and Harold Brazil during a news conference last fall to announce the team's name.

Asked whether purchasing tickets isn't itself a tacit endorsement of Major League Baseball, Eidinger told The Post's J.J. McCoy yesterday: "The whole protest isn't about baseball. I can't stop liking it. It really felt good to root for the home team."

He still opposes city financing of a new stadium, and wore a tricorn hat to the game to symbolize what he sees as D.C.'s status as a colony. But he insisted: "If they're playing at RFK Stadium, that's perfectly reasonable." Even more reasonable, we presume, if they're winning.

With Anne Schroeder


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