Jay-Z‘s mom, Gloria Carter, was recognized at the 29th annual GLAAD Awards on Saturday. Carter was given a Special Recognition Award on behalf of Jay-Z’s song ‘Smile‘ which discusses his mom’s tough journey through life and coming out as a gay woman after many years in the closet.
At the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Ms. Gloria Carter accepted the Special Recognition Award on behalf of her son, JAY-Z, for his song ‘Smile.’ Robin Roberts presented Carter with the award. http://www.glaad.org/ – For more information about GLAAD’s work, please visit http://www.glaad.org, http://facebook.com/glaad, and http://twitter.com/glaad.
“My life wasnt horrible. I chose to protect my family from ignorance. I was happy, but I was not free.” Carter said in her speech.
A moving speech about her struggle coming to terms with who she is and who she loves.