Queen Latifah Says ‘Racism’ Still Exists Today And That Has To ‘Change’

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Queen Latifah said “racism” still exists today and “we have to change that.”

On Monday night at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens awards show, the 46-year-old singer and actress, whose real name is Dana Elaine Owens, talked about the recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas and acknowledged that people are in pain. (RELATED: Here’s How Celebrities Reacted To The Dallas Shooting)


“We all know that the world and our world is really tense right now,” Latifah said. It’s a lot of tension. It’s a lot of angst.”

“It’s a lot of hurt,” she added. “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 and really do something to change our world.”

“I don’t care how much money or things I have, or Puff has, or Missy [Elliot] has, the ladies have, if I go outside and try to hail a cab and he passes me for the white woman standing right there — that racism is still alive and kicking,” she continued. “And we have to change that. And I’m not blaming the white lady, she needed a cab too.”

“I’m just saying we gotta change this attitude.”