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JAY-Z's Mom Comes Out As A Lesbian On His Touching Track Smile!

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It's a beautiful tribute to his momma!

JAY-Z got very real for his album 4:44, and we're not just talking about him opening up on his marital troubles with Beyoncé.

While it was easy to get distracted by the tea, his track Smile deserves attention for so many reasons.

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On it, the 47-year-old pays tribute to his mom, Gloria Carter, a lesbian who has been hiding who she is for years. He raps:

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

It's at the very end of the song though that Gloria adds her own spoken word piece about coming out, and it very well will bring you to tears. She says:

"Living in the shadow / Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? / In the shadows people see you as happy and free / Because that's what you want them to see / Living two lives, happy, but not free / You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love / The world is changing and they say it's time to be free / But you live with the fear of just being me /Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be / No harm for them, no harm for me. But life is short, and it's time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn't guaranteed / Smile."

How beautiful!

We applaud her for her bravery in sharing her story with the world.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis responded to Gloria's piece by telling E! News:

"Lesbian women are all too often erased or excluded from narratives surrounding LGBTQ people. 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."

Amazing!

Be sure to check out Smile on Tidal!

[Image via WENN.]

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