Jay-Z was honored with the President’s Award and Lena Waithe spoke toTHRabout what the rapper and business mogul means to the black community beyond being a performer. “Jay-Z to me is hope. He’s light at the end of the tunnel. He’s proof that it can be done. He’s proof that if you’re born in the slums that doesn’t mean the slums are born in you and he’s showing everybody the way...I’m honored to be alive while he’s around making art, showing us how it's done and I really take a lot of notes watching him work,” Waithe said. Of course, never one to be upstaged, Beyoncé was also honored as the Entertainer of the Year. During her acceptance speech she recognized all of her fellow nominees — LeBron James, Ryan Coogler, Regina King and Chadwick Boseman for their contributions to advancing black culture.
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