Queen Latifah addressed the recent police shootings during the event on Monday
“We all know that the world and our world is really tense right now,” she said during the televised event. “It’s a lot of tension. It’s a lot of angst. It’s a lot of hurt. A lot of pain. I’m hoping that we can somehow manage to channel all of these emotions that we have in a positive way and really do something to change our world.”
The Barbershop: Next Cut star’s comments come in the wake of the shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas last week. Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott and Salt-N-Pepa were also honored at the event, which included guest appearances from Diddy and Michelle Obama.
“I don’t care how much money or things I have, or Puff has, or Missy [Elliot] has, the ladies have, if I go outside and try to hail a cab and he passes me for the white woman standing right there – that racism is still alive and kicking. And we have to change that. And I’m not blaming the white lady, she needed a cab too. I’m just saying we gotta change this attitude.”
Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza and Darnell Moore opened the show. “This movement is grounded in black peoples’ dignity, justice and freedom. It’s about love, not violence,” Garza said, adding, “Joy is also an important part of our movement.”