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Queen Latifah Celebrates Pride While Receiving Lifetime Achievement Award at BET Awards 2021 - Watch!

Queen Latifah is being honored for her incredible career!

The 51-year-old entertainer received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday night (June 27) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Before being presented with the award, fellow female rappers Rapsody, Monie Love, Lil Kim, and MC Lyte paid tribute to Queen Latifah with a medley of “Ladies First” and “U-N-I-T-Y.”

After their performance, Queen Latifah took to the mic to give an emotional and empowering speech.

Click inside to find out what Queen Latifah said…More Here! »

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Queen Latifah Rules the Red Carpet While Arriving at BET Awards 2021

Bow down to Queen Latifah!

The 51-year-old entertainer struck some fierce poses on the red carpet while arriving at the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday (June 27) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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For her arrival, Queen Latifah rocked a black cape over a white blouse paired with a black and white skirt.

During tonight’s awards ceremony, Queen Latifah is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.

The 2021 BET Awards, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, are airing RIGHT NOW on BET. Check out all the nominations here.

If you don’t already know, find out what Queen Latifah‘s real name is!

FYI: Queen Latifah is wearing an outfit by Thom Browne.

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What Is Queen Latifah's Real Name & The Origin of Her Stage Name?

Queen Latifah has been a huge star for decades, but many fans likely don’t know her birth name.

The 50-year-old actress is leading the new reboot of The Equalizer, which is premiering on CBS after the Super Bowl, and some viewers will likely be curious about her name.

Queen Latifah was born in Newark, N.J. in March 1970 and she was given the name Dana Elaine Owens.

During an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show in 2015, the entertainer opened up about how she picked her stage name.

“Well my mother raised me to believe that all women are queens and should be treated as such and the name Latifah means ‘delicate, sensitive, kind, nice.’ I always loved the meaning of that name, so I chose this as my rap name, my nickname. And that’s what Queen Latifah means,” she said.

While speaking to People in 2019, Latifah revealed that she found the name “Latifah” at the age of eight while reading a book of Arabic names.

“My mother kinda laughed. She was like, ‘Queen? I ain’t calling you Queen,’” Latifah recalled.

Read all about what the actress and singer had to say about her new show!

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Queen Latifah Talks 'The Equalizer' Reboot & Why She Signed On for the Series

Queen Latifah is starring in CBS’ reboot of The Equalizer, which premieres tonight after the Super Bowl!

The Oscar-nominated actress opened up in a recent interview about why she decided to sign on for the series and how she feels about taking on the role previously played by Edward Woodward on the small screen and Denzel Washington on the big screen.

“The only reservation I had was Denzel,” she told USA Today. “I had to figure out how to create a character that was going to be different from his and obviously not get in his lane, but not like the original, either.”

Latifah stars as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.

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Latifah explained in her interview why she decided to join The Equalizer. She said she liked the thought of “delivering some justice (as) a Black woman on network television. I thought the idea of it was incredible and necessary and fun.”

“When we started this project, little did we know that we would face a pandemic; we would face such amazing divisiveness in this country; we would have to deal with a real, real hard look at the racial inequities, of the social inequities, of the financial inequities of this country,” she said. “We just didn’t know that, God, would we need to see justice. There’s just so many different things that are going on that made this show timely.”

Executive producer Debra Martin Chase says that the show was created for Latifah.

“I think one of the advantages we had was that we created this show for Queen Latifah,” she said. “So it wasn’t like (producers) wrote a script and then we decided to cast a Black woman in the role that was written kind of in the vanilla way. Robyn McCall was developed as a Black woman.”

The Equalizer will premiere on CBS after the big game!

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Queen Latifah Stars in 'The Equalizer' Reboot - Watch the Trailer!

Queen Latifah is getting in on the action in The Equalizer!

The 50-year-old star appears in the first trailer for the upcoming CBS series based on the ’80s series-turned-movie franchise, in which she plays a single mother named Robyn McCall.

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The trailer introduces her character, who is playing coy with her daughter, Delilah (Laya DeLeon).

“What’s up with you, mom? Out of nowhere you quit your job last month, you wanna talk about it?” her daughter asks, to which she responds: “It’s complicated.”

Chris Noth also stars as an ex-CIA director.

The Equalizer originally premiered in 1985 and starred Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka and William Zabka. The story was later adapted for the big screen in 2014 with Denzel Washington. The CBS version may be different from the original story line, although it followed a man named Robert McCall, who could be related to Queen Latifah’s character.

The show also has a very noteworthy premiere date, which will get it a ton of viewers!

Queen Latifah's 'The Equalizer' Will Air in Coveted Post-Super Bowl Slot in 2021

In 2021, the coveted post-Super Bowl slot on CBS will be going to Queen Latifah‘s new drama The Equalizer!

The show will broadcast immediately following the 2021 Super Bowl, aka Super Bowl LV, on Sunday (February 7) at 10pm

The Equalizer will move to its regular time slot on Sundays at 8pm ET the following week.

After Queen Latifah‘s new show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air.

“The Super Bowl and the AFC Championship Game in primetime is the ultimate combination to promote and showcase an episode of a highly anticipated new series, a rising procedural drama and our acclaimed late night franchises,” Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. “With these games and the Grammys, CBS will have the biggest audience events on television for three consecutive weeks in early 2021. I can’t think of a better way to start the new year or a better promotional environment for our mid-season schedule.”

The Weeknd will be performing at the 2021 halftime Show this year!

Queen Latifah Gets To Work on 'The Equalizer' Set With Chris Noth

Queen Latifah walks and talks alongside Chris Noth as they start filming on The Equalizer television series in New York City on Wednesday afternoon (November 18).

The two actors will star in the television spinoff of the popular movie action series, which originally starred Denzel Washington.

In the series, Queen plays Robyn, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn.

Chris just recently joined the series and will portray William Bishop, a quirky ex-CIA director who was Robyn’s first handler and has a father-daughter relationship with her.

Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star in the show.

The Equalizer will make its debut on CBS later this fall and you can see just when you can tune in for the premiere episode on JustJared.com here!

20+ pictures inside of Queen Latifah and Chris Noth getting to work on The Equalizer set…

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