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Jessica Herndon
March 05, 2010 12:05 PM

A loving friend is someone to lean on, as Jada Pinkett Smith experienced first hand.

While presenting Queen Latifah with the Power Award at the third annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Pinkett Smith became choked up over the recent passing of her father, who succumbed to a heart attack.

“My father died last week, and I’m flying tomorrow to bury him,” said Pinkett Smith, 38. “But I wanted to come because when those types of losses happen a lot of things get illuminated and your priorities fall in line.”

She added, “When I think about Latifah I think about a woman who makes me feel loved. She can sit in the throne of my soul and just be there with me. She makes me laugh.”

Unable to continue her speech due to a heavy flow of tears, Pinkett Smith found herself on stage alone and unable to speak – until Latifah came up to stand beside her.

“This is what I’m talking about,” Pinkett Smith, said, picking up her introduction. “I don’t see her a lot, but she’s my girl.”

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