Rap mogul Queen Latifah has received the lifetime achievement award at the 2021 BET award which was held last night.
Latifah took the stage with her father, Lancelot Owens, Sr., and a photo of her late mother, Rita Owens. The rapper got emotional while trying to deliver her speech as she thanked her parents, family, friends, and fans for supporting her over the years. She also thanked BET for “creating an outlet for beautiful Blackness to thrive, to shine when they struggled to get play in other places. She also gave thanks to Shakim Compere, her partner in the production company Flavor Unit Entertainment.
Latifah, who has kept her personal life private, gave a shoutout to “Eboni, my love, Rebel, my love” — a reference to her rumored longtime partner, Eboni Nichols, and son — neither of whom she has publicly confirmed a relationship with or spoken about. “Peace, happy Pride,” she ended her speech.
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