Queen Latifah Delivers Emotional Acceptance Speech

By Briasia Russ

Sunday, June 27, Queen Latifah accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award. Latifah began her speech in shock as she was in disbelief to have been honored as someone who has made contributions to the music and film industry.  

Queen Latifah shared the stage with her father,m and held a photo of her late mother who passed away in 2018 from a heart condition.  

According to EOnline, Queen Latifah thanked friends and family for their support. 

“I’m so extremely moved, I don’t even know what to say,” Latifah said. “My siblings, my best friends who ride or die with me. Whether my face is on the dirt or flying in the sky, they know me and they are there for me.”  

Not only did she give thanks to those close to her, but the BET network as well.  

“I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful Blackness to thrive.” Latifah said.  

According to EOnline, the 2021 BET Awards host, Taraji P. Henson chose a theme that celebrates women. Latifah emphasized the celebration of women in her speech.  

RELATED: The BET Awards Chose to Honor Black Women This Year

“I’ve always celebrated the woman because I was raised by a strong Black woman,” Latifah said. “I wanted to celebrate us because I know, together, we stand stronger, than when we tear each other apart. I’ve seen enough of that. So, respect to all the females on the stage tonight.”  

The Living Single actress finished her speech by wishing peace and acknowledging the LGBTQ+ pride month.  

“Peace and happy pride!”  

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