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Beyonce Supports Jay-Z at Inaugural Shawn Carter Foundation Gala

Jay-Z is kicking off his Shawn Carter Foundation Gala Weekend with his wife, Beyonce, by his side.

The 49-year-old musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist hosted the inaugural gala at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino over the weekend in Hollywood, Fla.

Jay‘s mom Gloria Carter, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Robert Kraft, Normani, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, Tyler Perry, Dapper Dan, Eddie Rosario, Michael Blackson, Beyonce‘s mom Tina Knowles and husband Richard Lawson and DJ Trauma were all in attendance.

The event kicked off on Friday night (November 15) with a high-stakes poker tournament, where Marcelo Claure was crowned winner over Jay and Yo Gotti. He donated his $500,000 in earnings back to the Shawn Carter Foundation.

On Saturday night (November 16), celebrities from various sectors of music, entertainment and sports came together for a night of dinner and drinks, raising a total of $6 million.

Robin Roberts was Master of Ceremonies at the gala, while guests enjoyed cocktails courtesy of D’USSE Cognac and Armand de Brignac throughout the evening. There was also a live performance by Alicia Keys.

All proceeds benefited the Shawn Carter Foundation‘s scholarship fund, college prep workshops and bus tours, study abroad opportunities, and community goodwill programs for youth and families in need.

FYI: Beyonce is wearing a Roberto Cavalli Couture dress.

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Jay-Z's Mom Gloria Carter Will Accept Award on His Behalf at GLAAD Media Awards!

Gloria Carter, mother of Jay-Z, will accept an award on her son’s behalf!

GLAAD revealed the news on Wednesday (April 25) ahead of the upcoming 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on May 5 in New York City.

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Gloria will accept the Special Recognition Award for his song “Smile” at the awards ceremony. She will also speak about the impact coming out has had on her family and others around the world.

In the song, Jay-Z tells of his mom’s struggle to come out as a lesbian, as well as his love and support of his mom.

“By sharing her truth with the world, Gloria Carter increased visibility of lesbian women of color at a critical time and sent a powerful message of empowerment to the entire LGBTQ community. Her story and the unconditional love that her family exhibits resonate with so many. The GLAAD Media Awards will be a critical platform to honor her work and further this important message,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO.

Jay Z's Mom Gloria Carter Reveals How She Came Out to Her Son

Jay Z‘s mother, Gloria Carter, is opening up about coming out to her famous son.

The 47-year-old rapper’s mother revealed during an episode of the D’Usse Friday podcast that she only recently revealed the truth to Jay because “it was something that was never discussed.”

“Me and my son, we share a lot of information. I was sitting there and I was telling him one day. I just finally started telling him who I was. Besides your mother, this is the person that I am. This is the life that I live,” Gloria said.

“So my son started actually tearing. He’s like, ‘That had to be a horrible life, ma. I was like, my life was never horrible, it was just different. So that made him want to do a song about it.”

That song, “Smile,” was included on Jay‘s latest studio album, 4:44, and features Gloria reciting a powerful poem.

Gloria also admitted that she wasn’t sure about sharing the news of her sexuality with the world when she first heard it: “I heard the song I was like, eh, I don’t know dude. I ain’t feeling that.”

“We talked about it. I was going out to see him, and I was on the plane, and I was like ‘Okay, I’m going to help him…so I wrote that when I was on the plane.”

Listen to the podcast below!

JAY-Z's Mom Gloria Carter Comes Out as a Lesbian in 'Smile' - Read the Lyrics

JAY-Z’s new album 4:44 is out now and it includes a song called “Smile” featuring his mom Gloria Carter, who comes out as gay on the track.

“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,” Jay raps on the song.

“Cried tears of joy when you fell in love. Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her,” he continues. “I just wanna see you smile through all the hate. Marie Antoinette, baby, let ‘em eat cake.”

At the end of the song, Gloria has her own verse in which she talks about “living in the shadow” where it “feels like the safe place to be.”

If you are a Tidal subscriber, you can listen to the full song. Hear a 45 second preview below if you’re not!

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