It’s no secret that Jay-Z adores his mom, who raised her family all on her own. She helped foster Jay-Z’s love of music and has encouraged him every step of the way. Who wouldn’t love such a committed, supportive mother?
The depth of Jay-Z’s adoration is more evident than ever on his new album, which features a new track all about one of his favorite gals. The song, “Smile,” boasts vocals from Stevie Wonder, plus a spoken-word section from none other than Gloria Carter herself. Perhaps most notable, however, is the new information revealed in the track: that Mama Carter is a lesbian.
Jay-Z shared the big news within the following lyrics: “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 / Society shame and the pain was too much to take.”
He also admitted that he “cried tears of joy” when his mom fell in love and that he doesn’t care whether her beau is a guy or gal — he just wants her to be happy.
In Gloria’s outro verse, she shares a few insights into what life was like as a single mom. She mentions that she felt as if she was living two lives. Now, however, she’s free, and so much happier for it.
Gloria’s brave verse has already received kudos from millions of fans, but the love doesn’t end there. In a statement to E! News, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis explained, “By sharing her truth with the world, Gloria Carter is increasing visibility of lesbian women of color at a critical time and sending a powerful message of empowerment to the entire LGBTQ community that is perfectly timed with the end of Pride Month.”
Kudos to Gloria and her son for spreading a much-needed message of love and acceptance. It’s wonderful to see these talented family members uniting under their shared desire to make the world a freer and more accepting place. Here’s to a bright future for mom and son, and many additional musical collaborations!