While giving her acceptance speech at the BET Awards, Queen Latifah got a little emotional. She was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the event and it was obviously such a special milestone for her!
With that being said, while looking back on her longtime career, she could not help but shed some tears.
She started her acceptance speech by thanking anyone that’s ever aided in making her success possible over the years.
‘I’m so extremely moved, I don’t even know what to say. 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.’
The star went on to also thank the whole BET network for always helping ‘Beautiful Blackness’ thrive, even in the past when things were much different for POC in the entertainment industry.
After all, she could not have ignored that in her speech since the night was actually themed to celebrate the Year of the Black Woman, something Queen Latifah stressed was really important to do.
‘When we couldn’t get played on the radio and other places, we couldn’t get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness, and to shine to this night right now, right here. I’ve always celebrated the woman because I was raised by a strong Black woman, raised by a father who loves women. We can’t live without each other. 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.’
Finally, she made sure to show gratitude towards her fans ‘for supporting every crazy thing I’ve done through the years,’ before wishing everyone ‘Peace and happy Pride.’