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Jay-Z’s mother Gloria Carter is being praised by fans and human rights groups alike, for boldly coming out as a lesbian on her mogul son’s new album “4:44.”

Both  Carter , who raised her son and his three siblings as a single mom in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, and Jay-Z speak of her sexuality on a new track called “Smile.”

“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,” Jay-Z says.

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“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,’ he continues.

In an emotional guest appearance reading an original poem, Gloria chimes in as well.

“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,” says the original Mrs. Carter.

“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,” she concludes.

It’s a stunning and positive admission for a community such as American hip hop — which is plagued with homophobia and closeted, intersectional identities.

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“Lesbian women are all too often erased or excluded from narratives surrounding LGBTQ people,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO, in a statement about the track.

“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.”

Written by: Matt Donnelly