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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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Cocktails & Coins! Inside Aisha Tyler’s Wild Life After Divorce & Departure From ‘The Talk’

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Aisha Tyler went through a few MAJOR life changes over the past two years and now, the actress is back on top living life to the fullest.

In 2016, Tyler’s college love and husband of 20 years, Jeff Tietjens, filed for divorce from the actress. As if that weren’t an emotional challenge to overcome, Tyler was then ordered to pay Tietjens $31,250 a month in spousal support for the next four years, plus a lump sum of $500k.

Following the emotional split, Tyler’s career then took a big turn when she walked away from CBS’s The Talk. Just eight months ago, the actress left the show to pursue other passions. “I also have three other series (Criminal Minds, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway? and voicing a character on Archer),” the actress said during the big announcement. “People always go, ‘How do you do all that?’ And I don’t always have an answer.”

While it might sound like Tyler’s woes and 360 of a life might seem completely damaging, it all turned for the better. “The unknown can be very compelling and can be interesting. Instead of thinking about it as change, think about it as dynamism,” she told HipHollywood during the screening of Dwyane Wade’s, Shot in the Dark. 

She explained, “You can’t stay the same, your life can’t stay the same. Staying the same is staying in place and staying in place is dying slowly. For me, I always reminded myself I’m not always going to feel this way, it’s not always going to be this tuff.”

“You cannot get through this experience on this planet without a little bit of pain and you need to know that and see that it’s temporary,” Aisha said. “My life is so interesting now and it wouldn’t have been without going through the stuff that I’ve been through. It’s been good for me; all this change.”

The actress is not only the star of some major network shows, but she also is about to launch her new cocktail line, Courage and Stone. “It’s been a really really exciting process,” she told us. “It really came out of my love of cocktails, my love of going to great bars and then going home and being like ‘I don’t know how to do all this.'”

Tyler then admitted that she was a whiskey girl at heart and that when she left the Talk “Julie Chen put me in a whiskey of the month club. She she’s doubled my collection in the last couple of months.”

Set to releae late spring early summer 2018.

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