On Sunday, Queen Latifah was recognized for her expansive career, accomplished talents, and dedicated philanthropic work with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 BET Awards, themed “Year of the Black Woman.”
Latifah is a recognized singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, and producer.
Prior to the award acceptance, a video played featuring a medley of “Ladies First” and “U-N-I-T-Y” by Lil Kim, Jada Pinkett Smith, MC Lyte, Monie Love, and Rapsody.
“Thank you so much, everyone. Thank you, my sisters,” Latifah said in the acceptance speech.
“Y’all my sisters in the name of rap. You always have been. I’m so extremely moved that I don’t even know what to say. Let me just say that I want to thank God because God designed this whole thing to be this way.”
“There is no way that I could have had the parents that I was born to. My father, my mother, who is still so much in me. My family, I love you. My siblings. My best friends who ride or die with me whether my face is on the dirt or I’m flying in the skies. They know me. And they’re there for me,” Latifah continued.
Latifah also thanked BET for allowing blackness “to thrive, to shine.”
“I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine. When we couldn’t get played on the radio and other places; we couldn’t get our videos played. There was BET, that allowed us to be in our fullness and to shine. To this night, right now, right here – bless everybody and everyone in the audience for all your support. Black is beautiful. I was raised by strong black women. We can’t live without each other. Celebrate. Celebrate us so together we stand stronger,” Latifah said.
“I’m gonna get off this stage,” Latifah concluded, “but I thank you so much for all of you, the fans for supporting every crazy-ass thing I’ve done through the years. And thank you for making Equalizer No. 1. Eboni, my love. Rebel, my love. Peace. Happy Pride!”
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