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Queen Latifah to receive BET Lifetime Achievement Award

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Queen Latifah

Taraji P. Henson Announced As Host
Black Entertainment Television (BET), organiser of the BET awards, has announced that Grammy award-winning musician, critically-acclaimed Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated actor, Queen Latifah, will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for this year.

It was also announced that the awards, which will be aired live on Monday, June 28 on BETAfrica (DStv channel 129) at 01:00 WAT with a repeat broadcast at18:00 WAT on the same day, will be hosted by the Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actor, filmmaker and philanthropist, Taraji P. Henson.

BET International Senior Vice President, Monde Twala, in a statement said: “The 2021 BET Awards theme, ‘The Year of Black Women’, is a celebration to honour trailblazing black women across the globe.”

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He noted that the BET Awards, now in its 21st year, continues its reign as the platform to showcase black female excellence and shine a light on culture as the driving force for social change.

According to Executive Vice President, Specials, Music Programming and Music Strategy at BET, Connie Orlando, “Black women have been essential drivers of change throughout history, from the political sphere to the cultural zeitgeist.”

“The BET Awards is the ultimate celebration of Black culture, and we are looking forward to spotlighting and celebrating Black women during this year’s show, recognising them for everything they’ve accomplished and applauding them for what’s to come,” she added.

Taraji P. Henson recently wrapped her iconic run as ‘Cookie Lyon’ on Fox’s hit musical drama Empire, which earned her Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award, and three BET Awards.

She portrayed NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in the Academy Award nominated film Hidden Figures, as well as lent her voice to Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

In 2018, she launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honour of her late father. The organisation provides scholarship to African-American students majoring in mental health disciplines, offers mental health services to youth in urban schools, and works to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women.

Henson, along with her best friend and foundation partner, Tracie Jade, recently co-hosted the Facebook Watch series on mental health titled Peace Of Mind With Taraji, for which they received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host.’

Latifah has had amazing success since her career began in Hollywood and became the first hip-hop artiste to be crowned with a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in 2006. She received rave reviews, industry recognition, and accolades for her roles in feature musical Chicago and cable films Life Support and Bessie, which she also produced.

She starred in the hit comedy Girls Trip and has also taken to the stage and small screen as the title character in the television musical, The Wiz Live!

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