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Queen Latifah Performs “U.N.I.T.Y” With Monie Love, Da Brat, MC Lyte, Eve, At “VH1 Hip Hop Honors”

The divas gathered for a night celebrating hip-hop's most influential queens.

After a six-year hiatus, the VH1 Hip Hop Honors came back in full force last night with their “All Hail the Queens” event, which saw legendary hip-hop diva Queen Latifah strutting her stuff on stage as one of the night’s honorees.

The Queen opened the night by performing a boisterous medley of her biggest hits, including Chicago’s “When You’re Good to Mama,” “Come Into My House,” “Latifah’s Had It Up 2 Here” and “Ladies First.”

Later in the evening, Latifah gave an acceptance speech in which she addressed the racial tension in the United States.

“Listen,” she began, “we all know that the world…is really tense right now. There’s a lot of tension, a lot of angst, 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.”

“Racism,” she concluded, “is still alive and kicking and we have to change that.”

At the close, Queen Latifah took to the stage with fellow honorees Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa, DJ Spinderella and Lil’ Kim, as well as other prominent female emcees and rappers (including Da Brat, Monie Love, MC Lyte and Eve), for a performance of the Latifah classic “U.N.I.T.Y.”

It was a fitting and powerful end for a show honoring hip-hop’s fiercest queens and demonstrated Queen Latifah’s lifelong commitment to empowering herself and other women.

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