Everyone should hear what Queen Latifah said about diversity at the SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30:  Queen Latifah accepts the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie award for Bessie onstage during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_013  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)

        On Saturday night Queen Latifah picked up the award for best performance by an actress in a TV movie or miniseries for her role in Bessie at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards.

And while Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba and Idris Elba all scooped gongs, each making comment on diverse casting in television, Latifah’s moving words nailed down the point recently raised on social media with #OscarsSoWhite.


She said:

Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you, my compadres, brothers and sisters in the struggle, respect to everyone in this category, respect to everyone who voted for me, thank you, because anyone could have won it and many others have…

Thank you, mom and dad for believing in me, and telling me I could achieve anything if I just believe in myself. And I hope that anyone out there who does not come in the package that people say you should, keep fighting for it. Flip those rocks over. Keep pushing. Keep turning. You can do it. You build your own boxes. Not people. So knock that thing away and do you. Thank you.