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Queen Latifah Named Entertainer of the Year

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Queen Latifah will be named “Entertainer of the Year,” an honor awarded through an Essence readers poll.

The celebration will be part of the 16th Annual Essence Awards on Friday, June 6, 2003 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA. This year, the Essence Awards will celebrate the power of the word in a variety of forms: music, film and theatre, television and radio, humor and activism. The two-hour special will air June 27 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Fox.

Long acknowledged as the most prolific female in rap, Grammy Award-winning Queen Latifah was honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for an Oscar® and Golden Globe for her performance in the multi-award-winning Chicago. She has performed in both film and television, including The Bone Collector, Set It Off, Bringing Out the Dead, Sphere, Living Single, The Queen Latifah Show and most recently in Bringing Down the House.

“As a multi-talented, creative force, Queen Latifah embodies the spirit of African American women,” said Susan L. Taylor, Essence editorial director. The 2003 Essence Awards is executive produced by Taylor and Suzanne de Passe.

In 2002, Janet Jackson was named the first-ever “Entertainer of the Year.” The Essence Awards was first held in 1987 and has become one of the country’s premier African American award shows.

The Essence Awards is one of the few awards shows that make tickets available to the public. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, the Kodak Theatre box office or by calling (213) 480-3232. Tickets range in price from $50 to $450 and are subject to additional service charges.

The event is sponsored by American Express, Budweiser, DaimlerChrysler, JCPenney, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Singles, L’Oreal, McDonald’s, Pepsi-Cola, Pine-Sol, Post Cereals, Soft Sheen/Carson Inc., State Farm Insurance and Toyota.

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