Jay-Z at "The Harder They Fall" Premiere

Jay-Z's Mom Gloria Carter Ties The Knot With Longtime Partner In Star-Studded Ceremony

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By Afouda Bamidele on July 6, 2023 at 8:00 PM EDT
Updated on July 17, 2023 at 4:34 AM EDT

Jay-Z's mom Gloria Carter married her longtime partner Roxanne Wilshire in a ceremony last week with a whole host of celebrity guests.

Mama Hov and Roxanne have been romantically linked for a while now, but the duo finally walked down the aisle in a beautiful ceremony in Tribeca, New York City, on Sunday night, July 2nd.

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Gloria Carter And Roxanne Wilshire's Wedding Details 

The newlyweds were celebrated by the rap mogul, his famous wife Beyonce — who begins the North American leg of her Renaissance World Tour this week — and a host of A-listers.

Tyler Perry and Kelly Rowland were just a couple of the big names that were partyin' it up late into the night. In addition, the event was also plugged with the likes of Robin Roberts, Corey Gamble, and Tina Knowles. The whole ceremony reportedly wrapped around 1 AM."

The record producer's mom has notably been by his side from humble beginnings to his time at the top of the hip-hop world. Last May, Hollywood Life gave juicy details about the doting mother.

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Gloria raised Jay-Z, his two older sisters, and his older brother all by herself in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn after his father, Adnis Reeves, abandoned her. "We were living in a tough situation, but my mother managed," Jay-Z told Vanity Fair in 2013."

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Gloria Carter at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
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The loving mom earned money as a clerk in an investment firm, but she revealed to USA Today in 2014 that she would sometimes take on "an extra job as a security guard to make ends meet."

When the Roc Nation founder's music career started yielding fruits, she continued to work, which he didn't like. "Jay had a problem with that," she told USA Today, adding that the "Apesh$t" rapper and his siblings arranged a meeting to talk her into retiring. 

In 2003, the mother and son duo launched the "Shawn Carter Foundation," a public charity that seeks to "help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at post-secondary institutions." 

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Per the foundation's website, over "$4MM have supported initiatives to empower youth and communities in need through the Foundation's programs: Scholarship Fund, College Prep and Exposure, International Exposure, Professional Development, Scholar Support, and Community & Goodwill Programs," since its creation.

"There's so many people that have a desire to go to college, but they can't get the funding. With me taking on this responsibility, we make dreams come true," Gloria told ESSENCE.

The '99 Problems' rapper, whose birth name is Shawn Corey Carter, has entirely supported his mom, who came out as a lesbian and opened up about her sexuality in his 2017 track, "Smile," on his thirteenth studio album, "4:44."

"Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian," rapped Jay-Z in the opening verse." Gloria recounted when she told her son about this undeniable truth and how it left him in tears. "I just finally started telling Jay who I was. Besides your mother, this is the person that I am. This is the life that I live," she told Dusse Friday (h/t PEOPLE).

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Jay-Z smiling

When accepting the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards on her son's behalf, she thanked her family and partner for their unconditional support.

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The Brooklyn-Born Rapper Was Crowned "The GOAT" By Billboard Magazine 

The "Roc-A-Fella Records" co-founder is one of the few hip-hop artists who can boast of having a well-rounded career. Having tested himself throughout his career, spanning over three decades, he successfully achieved remarkable heights in his music career.

With 14 Billboard 200 No. 1 albums (the most among solo acts), over 140 million records sold, and 24 Grammys, Jay-Z has established himself as a true force in the music industry.

In February, The Blast shared that  Billboard and Vibe made a list of the greatest MCs of all time to celebrate hip-hop's 50th anniversary. This special recognition is a tribute to the artists who have impacted the genre and helped shape its growth and popularity over the past five decades.

The 53-year-old dominated the countdown and snagged the number one spot on the billboard list. Other MCs on the list included Kendrick Lamar at number two, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Lil Wayne, The Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac.

Although it is a male-dominated industry, a few women hold their own, with Nicki Minaj coming in first at number ten, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, MC Lyte, and Missy Elliot.

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