Rapper and Actress Queen Latifah was one of the pioneers VH1 Hip Honors: All Hail The Queens paid tribute to last night for pioneering hip hop music. Latifah had success as artist, entrepreneur and major success as actress for over 30 years. She has been model of positivity for black women and African Americans in general. Last night at the VH1 Hip Honors Latifah took time to address the racial tension happening across the country, \u201cWe all know that the world and our world is really tense right now. It\u2019s a lot of tension. It\u2019s a lot of angst. It\u2019s a lot of hurt. A lot of pain. I\u2019m 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. \u201cI don\u2019t care how much money or things I have, or Puff has, or Missy 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\u2014that racism is still alive and kicking,\u201d she continued. \u201cAnd we have to change that. And I\u2019m not blaming the white lady, she needed a cab too. I\u2019m just saying we gotta change this attitude.\u201d The show started with a opening speech from the Black Lives Matter organizers Alicia Garza and Darnell Moore addressing the recent violence against unarmed black men and unjustified attacks on police officers. Rapper, actor and activist Common praised the courage of Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile who filmed his deadly shooting in Minnesota last week and posted it on Facebook. He hailed Reynolds for trying \u201cto calmly de-escalate the deadly situation and hours later, was at her governor\u2019s mansion, demanding justice.\u201d VH1 Hip Hop Honors Pays Tribute To Some Best Female Emcees To Ever Do It. Watch Queen Latifah's speech below.