Queen Latifah Gets A Special Honor And Opportunity From New Hometown
(AllHipHop News) Queen Latifah has mastered many aspects of life and career, but she's new receiving an honor very close to home.
The Rutgers University Board of Governors has revealed that the New Jersey native rapper/actor is set to deliver the keynote address at the Rutgers University commencement ceremony in Newark NJ on May 14, 2018 at the Prudential Center.
RU-N undergraduate Adebimpe Elegbeyele, also a member of the commencement selection committee, stated that the Queen was the perfect speaker for this class of graduates.
“Queen Latifah is inspiring to us as students because she always projects herself through her work as a strong woman,” Elegbeyele said. “She shows young women that we can do that too and young men that they need to respect that.”
The Queen, a "Hip-Hop icon, award-winning actress, singer/song-writer, producer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian," was voted in by a committee of students, faculty, and staff. She will also receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.
"Queen Latifah has been a consistent supporter of Newark and a source of inspiration for creative people and entrepreneurs in our city and throughout the world,” said Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers.
The Newark, NJ native has earned a plethora of honors with a wide spectrum that includes a Grammy, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, several Screen Actors Guild Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, two BET Awards and many others. She started Flavor Unit and the decades-old company has created movies, music and television series.
La has worked tirelessly in the community in programs like ‘Let Girls Learn,’ the campaign started
by former First Lady Michelle Obama.