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JAY-Z and Mother Honored at Brooklyn Public Library Gala

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JAY-Z, the celebrated rapper and entrepreneur, and his mother, Dr. Gloria Carter, were honored at the Brooklyn Public Library Gala on Monday night. The event, held on October 2, was graced by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who introduced the hometown hero. Unfortunately, Dr. Gloria Carter couldn’t attend due to a prior medical engagement. JAY-Z took the stage on her behalf, delivering a heartfelt speech in her absence.

During his speech, JAY-Z paid tribute to his mother, acknowledging her medical appointment. He humorously suggested she might be hungover but emphasized that she genuinely wanted to be present. He spoke fondly of his family and childhood, including his cousin Jamar White, and how family connections evolve when one becomes successful. JAY-Z also shared anecdotes about his grandmother’s birthday celebration and playfully questioned whether his speech was being recorded.

The Brooklyn Public Library Gala served as a backdrop to celebrate JAY-Z’s “The Book of HOV” exhibition, which opened in July and will run until December. The multimedia exhibition showcases a vast collection of archived items, including original recording masters, never-before-seen photos, iconic stage attire, prestigious awards, and video footage. It offers an immersive experience into JAY-Z’s multifaceted professional life.

The exhibition recently welcomed a significant addition – JAY-Z’s iconic off-white 1993 Lexus GS 300, famously featured in his “Dead Presidents” music video. The vehicle has played a significant role in JAY-Z’s career, appearing in his lyrics and music videos, such as “Can I Live” and the chart-topping “Empire State Of Mind.”

The response to “The Book of HOV” has been overwhelmingly positive. As a result, it has been extended until December to allow new and returning visitors more opportunities to immerse themselves in JAY-Z’s life and career. The exhibition remains free for all visitors.

In addition to the Brooklyn Public Library Gala, JAY-Z hosted the REFORM Alliance’s inaugural Casino Night Event in Atlantic City over the weekend. The event raised a remarkable $24 million for criminal justice reform through a charity blackjack tournament. Prominent figures, including Kim Kardashian, Tom Brady, Travis Scott, Jack Harlow, Quavo, Lil Baby, Meek Mill, and more, attended the star-studded event, demonstrating their commitment to the cause.

JAY-Z continues to make a profound impact both through his music and his philanthropic efforts, leaving an indelible mark on the worlds of entertainment and social justice.

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Derek Chan – Editor

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