The Carters had something very special in store for the holiday season this year. Jay-Z had a bench engraved for his beloved grandmother Hattie White in Brooklyn’s very own Prospect Park.
Jay-Z, his mother Gloria, Beyoncé, and the kids took White out to see the landmark and gift, much to her astonishment and joy. They were then all photographed with the bench, which was engraved with the words: “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 had a huge influence on Jay-Z and Bey alike. The 93-year old is the woman who speaks the quote: “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,” at the end of Beyoncé visual ‘Lemonade.’ She was more recently mentioned in Jay-Z’s verse on Meek Mill’s track “What’s Free?”
The gift and landmark is a fitting gift for such an inspirational woman. The Carters gave White a gift of true longevity and reverence.