Jay-Z's new video from 4:44 tells story of his mother as a closeted lesbian

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jay-z-video.jpgJay-Z has released three new videos from his album 4:44 on Tidal on Friday, including Smile, which tells the moving story of his mom Gloria Carter as a closeted lesbian.

The rapper revealed in the lyrics of Smile that his mother is a lesbian when he released 4:44 over the summer.

The eight minute film shows a young Shawn Carter being raised by his single mom in the Brooklyn projects.

As well has having to deal with poverty and being a sole parent, his mother is seen silently dealing with having feelings for another woman, which she neither can never fully act upon.

The rapper only revealed with the release of the track in June that his mom was gay.

'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,' he rapped on the track.

In the video the young Gloria, played by The Deuce's Dominique Fishback, shares some forbidden intimate moments with her neighbor, a consoling hug turning into a little more, or secretly holding hands in a packed elevator.

But she keeps her feelings bottled up, with her son -- played by Taylor Thomas -- heartbreakingly catching her crying alone in her bedroom when she lets the mask slip for a moment.

The video ends with the real modern-day Gloria Carter reciting the poem she wrote about the subject, which served as the inspiration for the song.

The second video released, Legacy, is a star-studded affair, featuring the likes of Susan Sarandon, Ron Pearlman, Emile Hirsch and Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams.

 

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