Almost one year after JAY-Z shared with the world that his mother, Gloria Carter, is a lesbian, the proud mom will be honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, better known as GLAAD, during the organization’s 2018 Media Awards.
Billboard reports Carter will receive special recognition onstage for her coming-out story through her son’s track “Smile,” from his 11th album, 4:44.
“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/ Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian/ Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate,” the Brooklyn boy spits. “Society shame and the pain was too much to take/ Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/ Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her.”
Hov recently discussed his mother coming out to him with David Letterman, saying the moment moved him to tears.
“This was the first time we had the conversation. And the first time I heard her say she loved her partner. Like, ‘I feel like I love somebody.’ She said, ‘I feel like.’ She held that little bit back, still. She didn’t say, ‘I’m in love,’ she said, ‘I feel like I love someone.’ And I just, I cried. I don’t even believe in crying because you’re happy. I don’t even know what that is. What is that?”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.