chris brown queen latifah Queen Latifah on Chris Brown: 'He needs to be forgiven. Enough already'Queen Latifah is still wiped out from her hosting duties Sunday night for the 10th Annual BET Awards. But she roused to chat with The Dish Rag exclusively about Chris Brown’s stunning comeback on the show.

“I thought Chris Brown’s performance was amazing, just amazing,” she raves. “Not only was it a knockout performance, but his heartfelt emotion … you can’t plan that, you can’t write that, it’s just truth.”

She also thinks that it’s time to forgive Brown and move on. “The guy is a young guy and he made a big mistake and he needs to bounce back from that. And he needs an opportunity for a second chance,” she says. “We can’t condemn that kid. He’s a kid and he needs to correct the mistake for the future, not live in the past.”

]]>Rihanna] going to grow and he’s going to grow and we have to allow them both to do that.” The Queen, who has a new book out entitled “Put on Your Crown,” to help inspire young women, also took part in a COVERGIRL “Ignite Your Persona” contest to find five up and coming female rap and R&B artists. The winners (Naakira, Gina, Shea, Amber and Christel) were sent down to Miami for a COVERGIRL photo shoot, were photographed for a 3-page spread in People. They also had the chance to re-record Queen’s classic song, “Unity,” with her producers Cool and Dre. The winners “Unity” video (check them on the Cover Girl website here) will premiere on “It’s so important to have more female voices in hip-hop,” she explains. “I do everything I can to help females become rappers and express themselves. Hip-hop was the launch for me to do everything i am now able to do and I want to make that happen for other girls as well” You might call Queen the Godmother of Hip-Hop. She laughs at the title but admits, “I came on before so many young female artists. Li’l Kim, I had her back. Foxy Brown, Eve, Missy [Elliot]. So it’s really important for me to make sure the new girls get a little support.” How much do we love this woman? Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news

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