- Queen Latifah stands on the deck of the 2021 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday evening (June 27) to accept the award for overall performance.
Over the past 30 years, Latifah has stood for strength, unity, and hip-hop culture at its core, starting with Flavor Unit and solo albums such as 1989’s All’s Hail The Queen and 1993 classic Black Reign. As an actress, she now owns one of television’s biggest shows, the FOX drama The Equalizer, a role originally played by Denzel Washington in Equalizer and Equalizer 2.
In honor of Queen Latifah, hip-hop legends MC Lyte, Lil Kim, and Monie Love joined BET 2020 Lyricist of the Year Rapsody to perform “UNITY” and “Ladies First,” two of Queen Latifah’s most iconic songs. Not long after shedding tears, Queen Latifah then went on Stage with her father.
“Thank you, everyone,” he said. “Thank you, my brothers. You are my sister in the name of rap. You always are. I am very touched. I don’t even know what to say. First, let me say that I want to thank God that God planned all of this.
“There is no way I could have my parents, my father, my mother, suggesting so much to me. My family, I love you. My brothers, my friends, ride me or die. Whether my face is dirty or flying in the sky, they know me and are there for me. “Queen Latifa later thanked BET, praising the network that provided the Black Excellence platform while stressing the importance of women supporting other women.
“I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for the beautiful darkness that thrives and shines,” he continued. “When we can’t play radio anywhere else, we can’t play our videos anywhere else; there’s BET that allows us to be complete. Bless everyone who graced the Stage tonight and all the audience for all your support. Be black. Black is that beautiful.
A strong black woman raised me. She concluded with, “I want us to party because I know we are stronger than when we were torn apart. Kudos to all the female MCs on the Stage tonight. . Congratulations, pride!”