Queen Latifah will receive the Entertainment Icon award at the upcoming American Black Film Festival Honors. The ceremony takes place Friday, in Los Angeles.
According to CBS News, the New Jersey native, who plays one of the main characters on the FOX TV show Star, will receive her honor during the ABFF ceremony in Los Angeles this Friday (Feb. 17).
“It means so much to me coming from fellow entertainers and my peers,” said the entertainer. Queen Latifah received an Oscar nomination for her work in the film Chicago. She has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, and won a Golden Globe Award for her work in Life Support. However, we can’t forget how she got her start in the industry; she was a rapper and is lauded as one of the pioneers for females in the game.
Actor and director Denzel Washington will receive the “Hollywood Legacy Award;” writer, producer and actress Issa Rae with the “Rising Star Award,” and film director and producer F. Gary Gray will also take home the “Excellence in the Arts Award”.
Other honorees include Terrence Howard.
‘The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent, and supporting emerging artists to diversify the images and storytellers working in the entertainment industry. Annually held during the month of June, the ABFF is committed to the belief that Black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. It is recognized as the premier pipeline for Black talent in front of and behind the camera.” (abff.com)
ABFF Honors’ mission is to celebrate Black culture by honoring individuals, movies and television shows that have had a significant impact on American entertainment, as well as the people who are proponents of championing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.
The annual event will be hosted by actress Regina Hall.
The American Black Film Festival Honors will air on BET and Centric at 8 p.m. EST on Feb. 22.
Congratulations to Queen Latifah & other nominees!