Queen Latifah will be hosting this year's edition of the annual Black Girls Rock!™ event. The festivities are held by the BET network in celebration of women who have achieved success in varying fields while coming from different walks of life. This special night is a tradition the television network initiated in 2006.

The choice of host is significant for a reason other than Latifah's own success. The location plays a part in the event's cachet as it will be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ, which happens to be the rapper's hometown.

Beverly Bond, CEO, founder, and creator of Black Girls Rock!™ sang praises for the star in a statement.

“Queen Latifah is the epitome of black excellence, Hip Hop royalty, and black girl magic! She has been a longtime supporter of Black Girls Rock!™ and has been honored at both our televised and pre-televised shows. I’m so thrilled to welcome her back to the Black Girls Rock!™ stage as host."

Latifah shared the news through an Instagram story today, a promotional clip that features her speaking amidst fierce models.

"It's a royal night of Black girl excellence. We are Black girls who rock. Are you ready to rock? Celebrate Black girl royalty with us." 

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