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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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