A woman who is one of black Hollywood’s biggest stars has just won a prestigious honor at a popular awards show, which honors African-Americans in film.
According to CBS News, and numerous other national media outlets, Queen Latifah (pictured) received the Entertainment Icon award at the 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors. The award show was held in Los Angeles, California and was hosted by actress Regina Hall.
Queen Latifah (born Dana Owens) was very enthusiastic about receiving her award in front of her fellow entertainers. “It means so much to me coming from fellow entertainers and my peers,” the 46-year-old “U.N.I.T.Y.” hit maker said. Queen Latifah got her start in the entertainment business almost 30 years ago.
She started off as a hip-hop artist and released her debut album All Hail the Queen in 1989. This album is widely thought to be a great pioneering rap LP for female lyricists. Queen Latifah went on to record and release three more contemporary rap solo albums before converting to being a singer.
In 2004, she released The Dana Owens Album, which was a showcase of her soul and jazz vocals. In 2008, Queen Latifah was nominated for a Grammy for her 2007 singing album called Trav’lin’ Light. Queen Latifah has also built up quite a resume in the television and film industries throughout the course of her illustrious career.
She has been nominated for an Oscar once and an Emmy twice. She also won a Golden Globe and three Actors Guild Awards. Queen Latifah scored some major endorsement deals throughout her career as well. She is currently a CoverGirl spokeswoman and has her own perfume line called “Queen of Hearts.”
There isn’t a whole lot in the world of entertainment that Queen Latifah hasn’t accomplished, which is why receiving the Entertainment Icon honor from the star’s fellow black entertainers is so fitting for her. The American Black Film Festival Honors will be airing on BET and Centric at 8 p.m. EST on Feb. 22.