What a way to celebrate Christmas as Beyonce & JAY-Z honor his grandmother with a park bench!
Beyonce and Jay Z headed back to his stomping grounds of New York to celebrate Chrismas with his mother and grandmother.
During the holidays, the family was spotted in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park looking at a bench that was dedicated to Jay’s 93-year-old grandmother Hattie White.
The bench read;
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. With love and admiration to our root, Hattie White.”
White has been a monumental figure not only in Jay’s life but Bey’s as well. Bey has been open in sharing that the song “Freedom” off her “Lemonade” album features some words that White said in a speech on her 90th birthday. The album also ended up being named after a part of the speech as well.
“I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.”
We’re sure that Jay’s grandmother is extremely proud of the work that her grandson and his wife are doing not only in the music industry but the community as well!
Take a look at pictures of the bench and the family below!
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For Christmas this year Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Beyoncé and their three children Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir gifted Jay’s 93-year-old Grandma Hattie White a park bench in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Dedicated in her name, the touching inscription reads “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. With love and admiration to our root, Hattie White.” The Carter family are back in New York City for the holidays, and were photographed viewing the bench on Christmas morning with Hattie and Hov’s mother Gloria Carter. Hattie White was a formative figure in Shawn Carter’s life, with her famous banana pudding holding a key to happiness while they lived in the Marcy Houses. In the final moments of the LEMONADE standout “FREEDOM” the root of the Carter dynasty can be heard speaking during her 90th birthday party in October 2015, delivering us a piece of wisdom we can all apply to our own lives: “I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” Jigga’s most real (see: heart-breaking) reference to his Yaya came in 2002 on his Blueprint² track “I Did It My Way”: “Grandma’s favorite, she could not understand how there’s people in the world who wouldn’t want me as a neighbor? Has to explain to her, ‘You think these folks want me in the penthouse as a reminder that I make top paper?’” This four bar stanza refers to Jay’s disrupted purchase of his seventh-floor penthouse on 195 Hudson Street in TriBeCa. Buying from advertising executive Peter Arnell and his wife Sarah, the original sale negotiations and $6.5 million deal were sabotaged and derailed by other tenants in May 2002. Some residents feared Hov would bring his “celebrity lifestyle” to the “placid” halls of their exclusive downtown address. They went so far as to post messages in the lobby warning residents of his “criminal record and lifestyle of knives, guns and violence,” stating “we are of the opinion that due to [Jay-Z’s] lifestyle of violence, if he moves into our building, he will place us in danger.” (Continued in comments) #JAYZ #Beyonce