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It was announced on Wednesday that Queen Latifah will be honored as an Entertainment Icon at this year’s American Black Film Festival Honors, an honor that every star dreams of.

The recognition, however, doesn’t come as a surprise. The Queen is coming up on thirty years in the entertainment industry and still, the beauty is humbled by her level of celebrity and success in Hollywood.

“I never lost my excitement to do what I do,” she recently told HipHollywood when asked about the parallels between when she started as a young emcee almost three decades ago and now. “When I walk into a room like at the White House the other day and I see Tom Hanks or I see George Lucas, Magic Johnson, Chris Rock, this is still part of what gets me excited.”

“These are the people who you watch growing up and who make you want to do what you do and while you do what you do they keep you excited about it,” Latifah explained.

The 46-year-old continued, “I’m never jaded by it. When I met Prince I had to just contain myself. I met Stevie Wonder a bunch of times but he’s my favorite artist and I still have to control myself because his work is such a big part of my life.”

Latifah, who is currently starring on Fox’s hit show Star, added, “I only hope that whatever I’ve done over these last thirty years has left something on someone’s heart. Has made a young girl feel more confident about herself, a young man want to treat a woman like a lady. Want to party a bit or think you can accomplish a dream that you had that nobody expected you could or do things differently even if you stand alone doing it.”

Congratulations, Queen.

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Dr. Heavenly Explains Her ‘If My Husband Cheated He Didn’t Mean To’ Philosophy

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Dr. Heavenly Kimes has an interesting philosophy on cheating … but then again we’re not surprised.

If you watch Married To Medicine then you know the successful Atlanta, GA dentist dotes on her husband, who she affectionately calls “daddy” and the two have a pretty solid marriage.  So much so, that Kimes believes if he ever cheated on her he didn’t mean to do it.

Kimes made that proclamation after news broke that Dr. Jackie’s husband was having an affair, and of course she had the ladies scratching their heads. HipHollywood sat down with her to get more insight on her viewpoint. Here’s what she had to say.

“I said something that I think a lot of people feel but would not say it, because it’s not a politically correct thing to say,” she explained. “I said if my husband cheated he would not mean to do it. I stand by it, it may sound silly, it may sound funny, I’m not trying to be funny, I don’t think he would have meant to do it.”

“I can’t say it was her, I’m not going to put it all on her, but it had to have been something to make that man go that far,” she adds referring to the other woman. “Maybe I’m naive but I don’t think my husband would just cheat on me and mean to cheat.”

To her credit, Kimes is also a certified relationship coach and has been dishing her advice (solicited or not) to the other wives since season 2. She ended her explanation comparing cheating to a person on a diet. The analogy was pretty hilarious, but actual made a lot of sense.

“I like to compare sex to food because they go together,” she says. “If you’re hungry and you know you’re on a diet and you’re really really trying really hard and somebody comes with a buffet of your favorite foods and lays it all out for you and starts putting … you didn’t mean to eat it but you ate it.”

So do you agree Heavenly? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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