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Jay-Z and Beyonce gift his grandmother an engraved bench in Prospect Park

Manuela Cardiga
Dec 29, 2018
02:03 A.M.
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The Knowles-Carter family united to honor Jay-Z's grandmother Hattie White with a special tribute.

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Beyoncé Knowles joined her husband Jay-Z in a touching tribute to his family's matriarch, Hattie White, on Christmas Eve.

The news was shared on Twitter by World Music Awards, an unusual departure from the Carter/Knowles family's usual blanket over their personal lives.

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“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.”

A SWEET TRIBUTE TO JAY-Z'S GRANDMOTHER

The family took White to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and presented her with a personalized park bench.

White, 93, is credited by both stars as a source of strength and inspiration in their personal and professional lives, and they decided to make their appreciation public.

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White was photographed surrounded by her loving family, looking at the bench with her hand over her heart.

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WHITE'S VOICE ON BEYONCÉ'S ALBUM

Beyoncé has attributed the inspiration for her 2016 album, Lemonade, to White. In the final moments on the song "Freedom," White's voice can be heard saying:

“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.”

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WHITE SURROUNDED BY HER GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

Also present at the tribute to their great-grandmother were Jay-Z and Beyonce's three children: Blue Ivy, 6 and the twins, Sir and Rumi, 1-years-old.

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White was photographed surrounded by her loving family, looking at the bench with her hand over her heart. A sweet moment shared with the fans by two intensely private stars.

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BEYONCÉ HONORED JAY-Z ON HIS BIRTHDAY

Jay-Z celebrated his 49th birthday on December 4, 2018, in a very special way.

The couple was in Johannesburg, South Africa to perform in a special concert honoring Nelson Mandela, a century after his birth.

During the concert, Beyonce led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to her husband. The radiant smile on her face clearly demonstrates her love for J-Z.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z married in 2008 and acknowledged difficulties in their relationship in 2014 caused by the rapper's infidelity. The couple has worked through it, and are now stronger than ever.

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