Gloria Carter, JAY-Z’s mother, accepts the GLAAD Special Recognition award

“Love gave me the courage to take the power that I allowed other people to have over my life for fear of revealing my secret, that wasn’t really a secret.”

May 06, 2018

Gloria Carter accepted the GLAAD Special Recognition award for her appearance on JAY-Z's track "Smile" from the album 4:44. During her acceptance speech for the award, she thanked God, as well as her son. JAY-Z recalled the conversation with his mother telling JAY that she was in a relationship with a woman. He cried tears of joy upon finding out. In her speech, she also thanked her partner, who was present at the ceremony.

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“Love gave me the courage to take the power that I allowed other people to have over my life for fear of revealing my secret, that wasn’t really a secret,” she said. You can watch the full speech above.

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