The ever legendary Queen Latifah has been tapped to host the 2018 Black Girls Rock!™ Awards and the occasion will be especially special for it’s taking place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ, her hometown.

“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,” Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock!™ CEO, Founder and Creator says of the celebrated rap star in a statement.

The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards show founded by celebrity DJ, model and executive producer Beverly Bond was created to celebrate the nexus of achievements of exemplary women of color who break boundaries, blaze trails, and set trends across sectors. Since 2006, the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards has honored an outstanding range of accomplished and inspiring women across generations and genres. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has been committed to empowering women through media and enriching girls through leadership, education, and positive identity development programs.

The broadcast will be shot on Sunday, August 26th and premiere on Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 PM /ET on BET.