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Jay-Z Presents Grandmother with Her Own Brooklyn Park Bench While Beyoncé and Children Look On

Jay-Z and his family might be based on the West Coast these days, but he and Beyoncé brought their children Blue Ivy, Sir and Rumi to New York City for Christmas. They were also there to honor the rapper’s grandmother.

On Christmas Eve, they all headed to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and presented 93-year-old Hattie White with her own bench, which had an inscription.

Jay-Z gave his grandmother her own bench in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.


“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago,” it read. “With Love and admiration to our root, Hattie White.”

In the photos of the presentation, White is seen gazing at the bench with Jay, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy looking on. Another shot shows White placing a hand on her heart, while Jay puts his arm around her. The rapper’s mother Gloria Carter was also in attendance and helped with holding the little ones.

Overall, the superstar couple was dressed casually for the event, but some might say they were still photo shoot-ready. Bey sported all white with a coat that looked both toasty and fashionable, while Jay wore a vintage-styled gray trench with a crisp black cap.

The twins were dressed for the New York City chill as well, and each wore little bubble coats with beige Timberlands. And based on the photos, it didn’t look like they were many handlers around, just the family, but it’s safe to assume security and other folks were in close proximity.

White’s voice, if you recall, was used on Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album to explain the tile.

“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,” she said, which was taken from a speech from her 90th birthday party in 2015.

Jay has also talked about how important his grandmother was throughout his childhood in various songs.

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