GLAAD Media Awards 2018 releases nominees

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards announced its 2018 nominees at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday via Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) and Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery”).

Netflix raked in the most nominations for television with seven nominations. ABC, CBS and NBC came in at a close second with six nominations. This was also the first time the category Outstanding Kids & Family Programming was introduced which recognizes “Andi Mack,” and “Doc McStuffins,” among others, for their LGBT inclusion.

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JAY-Z admits his mom didn’t want to come out on ‘4:44’ album

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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JAY-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, came out to the world as a lesbian on the track “Smile” from Jay’s “4:44” album, but the big reveal almost didn’t happen.

In an interview with Elliott Wilson and B. Dot on the Rap Radar Podcast, JAY-Z reveals he made the song without his mother’s approval. Once she heard the track she said, “Absolutely not” to its release.

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JAY-Z reveals his mom is a lesbian on new album

By : Jeremy Williams
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JAY-Z addresses several intimate topics on his 13th studio album, 4:44, released June 30. He opens up about the infamous elevator fight from 2014, his infidelity against wife Beyonce, his beef with rapper and friend Kanye West; but it’s his track which his mother, Gloria Carter, appears on that carries the biggest emotional weight.

On the track “Smile,” JAY-Z openly discusses, for the first time, his mother’s sexual identity rapping, “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian.”

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