Beyonce and Jay-Z
That little exotic Caribbean vacation Beyonce and Jay-Z took to Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary could land hip hop’s favorite couple in hot water with the U.S. government.
Republican lawmakers are itching to find out who approved Beyonce and Jay-Z for their trip to Cuba, as there’s a longstanding travel ban for U.S. citizens on visiting the communist nation, according to Reuters.
U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart have written a letter to Adam Szubin, director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, asking for more information on how Beyonce and Jay-Z secured releases for their trip to Cuba.
The State Department says it has no knowledge of how Beyonce and Jay-Z secured their license to visit the country. If Beyonce and Jay did travel without official permission (people can travel to the country for academic, religious or cultural exchanges), they could face a fine.
Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart represent Florida districts with Cuban populations who are anti-Castro and these communities are demanding answers.
“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” the letter said.
“We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents.”
A Cuban rights advocacy group has also voiced disgust over Beyonce and Jay-Z’s visit. Mauricio Claver-Carone, the D.C. director for the US-Cuba Democracy PAC — a pro-democracy group — told TMZ that the high-profile visit by the couple was in poor taste.
“There are women getting beaten on a daily basis, women who are being jailed for no reason … people are fighting for their freedom. It’s extremely insensitive,” Claver-Carone said.
See, now why the hell did Beyonce and Jay-Z have to go to Cuba for their wedding anniversary? There’s only ONE country that U.S. citizens are banned from visiting and THAT’s the country they choose to visit?
Jay-Z is up there posing for cameras with a big grin on his face and a Cuban cigar in his mouth. He might as well have rocked a Che Guevara shirt and fist-pumped with Fidel’s brother. This whole trip was a postcard saying, “It’s Nicer in Havana!”
Didn’t Beyonce and Jay-Z think about their relationship with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama? Beyonce was just invited to sing at the president’s inauguration and now she’s put the Obama administration in the awkward position of answering to this illegal field trip.
Now truth be told, these Republican Congressional representatives are bored as hell to be following the moves of a Beyonce and Jay-Z. They’ve must’ve gotten the TMZ alerts and sprung right into action. They need to be worried about passing a damn budget for this country more than where Beyonce and Jay-Z are vacationing. But still, this was an unnecessary stunt that played right into the anti-Obama collective’s hand.
Next anniversary, do us a favor and keep it cute in St. Tropez like y’all usually do, Bey and Jay-Z.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z took the five cans of Lilt laid end-to-end to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary yesterday.
Which explains why she’s walking like John Wayne after a ten-day trek on his horse.
The 31-year-old faux-feminist was pretending to have trouble getting down the stairs after lunch at restaurant La Guarida, probably because Hova was stroking his Cuban cigar suggestively over desert, pulling it slowly in and out of his mouth, winking and pointing at her and asking if she’d packed her throat-numbing anti-snoring spray before they left New York.
As you can see, he continued doing it once out on the street, pulling her close even though she was feigning interest in taking photos of their security detail.
Some things are inevitable in life – taxes, death and having to make good on your ‘I’ll do that birthdays, Christmas and anniversaries only’ promise you made on your wedding day.
It goes without saying that Beyonce killed it last Sunday at the Super Bowl, but we’re just going to keep saying it anyway. Beyonce killed it last Sunday at the Super Bowl. But how on earth does a superstar like Beyonce calm her nerves before performing in front of millions of people? (104 million, to be exact)
Well, if numerous reports are to be believed, she has sex with her husband Jay-Z. According to an article from NME published the morning of the Super Bowl, Beyonce said at a prior NFL press conference in New Orleans:
“When I get nervous or I don’t have everything together I like to make love to my husband.”
She reportedly added, “I’ve been preparing for five months for this moment. I’m happy I’ll have my husband there with me – it’s every woman’s dream to feel this way about her husband.”
Sounds like that Jay-Z guy — whoever that is — is totally winning at life.
Jay-Z was snapped giving Beyonce a bear hug as she came off the Super Bowl half time stage yesterday. Beyonce’s blow-out performance went flawlessly, flooding Twitter with her praise.
Among the millions of Twitter users gushing over the 31-year-old superstar’s medley of hits like “Love on Top,” “Crazy in Love” “End of Time,” “Baby Boy,” “Independent Woman,” “Single Ladies” and “Halo” — which was coincidentally followed by a half-hour power outage in the stadium — was Beyonce’s hubby of nearly five years Jay-Z.
“Lights out!!! Any questions?” the rapper and mogul, 43, happily tweeted after the showstopping set. Backstage, the couple — who typically shy away from major public displays of affection — were photographed in an ecstatic embrace, as Instagramed by makeup artist Joanna Simkin. “Mutual gravity,” Simkin wrote of the photo. “Hold down and be held down. #TheCarters.”
Indeed, in a weekend interview on NFL Network’s Super Bowl Live show, Beyonce praised her man, with whom she shares daughter Blue Ivy, 13 months.
“My husband is incredible .. .He’s so supportive.” Speaking of “Mrs. Carter,” Beyonce — as predicted earlier — announced massive plans for the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” immediately following her New Orleans gig.
How did you guys think she did last night? I thought she was amazing, she NAILED it. I would have liked a little more variety – I feel like if they had one other “surprise” guest it would have been knocked out of the park, but otherwise – it was pretty flawless. Beyonce is a machine!
Beyonce Dishes During GQ Cover Story Interview: 'Giving birth made me realize the power of being a woman'
GQ has released some more photos and interview bits from Beyonce’s February cover story. We’ve already seen some of the pictures, and gotten some bits from the interview. Today we’ve got more, and in these quotes, she’s talking about giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy. Here are some more outtakes from the interview:
On her chemistry with husband Jay-Z: “I was independent before I met my husband, and we have such a natural chemistry and a genuine relationship, and it’s based on the things that relationships are supposed to be based on. I’ve seen, growing up, when a woman or a man in a relationship—it doesn’t matter which one—doesn’t feel confident, they feel a bit trapped. Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
On giving birth to Blue Ivy: “When I gave birth, that was the first time I truly let go and surrendered. And it taught me how amazing that feels… Giving birth made me realize the power of being a woman. I have so much more substance in my life. And expressing that excitement and that sensuality and the connection I have with my husband—I’m a lot more comfortable with that now. I actually feel like my child introduced me to myself.”
On rumors she faked her pregnancy: “I felt like I kind of had to protect my mother, because when people made up the silliest rumor about me not really being pregnant. She was there when I went through all of those things. And my sister. They were very, very defensive. It’s not personal to me, and it comes along with the job, but the lack of respect—people will just go too far sometimes.”
On being a Virgo: “Because I’m a Virgo, I will think myself into a crazy frenzy, and I will re-think and re-think and figure out, you know, way too many things.”
I never bought into all the rumors that Beyonce faked her pregnancy. What a stupid and pointless rumor that is. Seriously – who even cares? We all saw pictures of her pregnant belly, and it looked very real.
Beyoncé wowed the crowd at the Inaugration Day festivities in Washington, D.C. with her stunning rendition of the National Anthem.
Accompanied to the event by husband Jay-Z, the singer performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” in front of President Obama, theFirst Family, and the hundreds of thousands watching at the Capitol.
Four years ago, Beyoncé performed “At Last” for the Obamas at the Inaugural Ball.
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Recently released was a trailer for Beyoncé’s HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream airing next month on February 16th. The trailer blends footage from concert videos, personal videos and videos in between to form a sort of Beyoncé Voltron. A whole that’s more powerful than the sum of its parts. Its parts being a lot of pointless footage. Separate, they are nothing. As one, they make a coherent documentary.
Um, I’m not sure where I was going with that but, anyway, she shows off her baby bump in the trailer. It was real, you guys!
Beyonce and Jay-Z spent $200,000 on a birthday party for her daughter Blue Ivy’s, who just turned turned a year old.
The celebrity couple spoiled their young daughter with a diamond Barbie doll worth $80,000. Wow!
Beyonce and Jay-Z spent $200,000 on their daughter’s first birthday bash.
The couple, who were named the highest paid celebrity couple after earning $78 million last year, spared no expense when it came to their daughter’s princess-themed party last Monday.
An insider said, “Nothing’s been too big or expensive for their little princess. They wanted her first birthday to set the tone for the rest of her life. They work hard for their money and the first thing they want to spend it on is their baby girl. It’s hard to imagine how they can top this next year — or what her Sweet Sixteen will be like.”
The custom Barbie doll includes 160 diamonds set in gold jewelry, which cost around $80K.
Friends and family members attended the party at a private venue, which was decorated with $95,000 worth of pink and white roses and balloons.
The young guests of the party received “goodie bags” with jewelry, princess costumes, and playhouses. The adult guests received personalized gold pens, along with concert tickets.
Beyonce and Jay-Z have spared no expense on their little girl, who has an expensive suite at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center.
A source said, “Jay rents a luxurious basement suite for $1 million a year. It has an area for Blue filled with toys.”
Beyonce has revealed that she believes her music career success came at a price because she had to make so many sacrifices. She says that she worked throughout her childhood to begin laying the foundations so that when she turned 30 she didn’t have to worry about her career anymore. She also feels fortunate to be where she is in life now because she’s reached a great point:
“I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position.”
Speaking on making sacrifices, Beyonce says she has had to work extremely hard to make it work in the music industry and had to tell herself that she deserved the success at the end of it all:
“But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it. I love my job, but it’s more than that: I need it. Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life, all throughout my life, that I was lost.”
On coming to terms with being one of the most powerful singers in the world, Beyonce comments that she can’t even digest it but she does know it:
“I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”
Remember that old Sesame Street segment where you’d see four objects, and Big Bird would sing, “One of these things is not like the other ones, one of these things just doesn’t belong”? Well, take a look at this picture and try to figure which one of these DOESN’T BELONG.
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Give up? I’ll give you a hint: It’s the one that smells like pee and unearned fortune. Yes, Kanye West is trying to frame this as one big happy family, that for some reason lumps Kim Kardashian in with actually talented people like Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Interestingly enough, reports are going around saying that Kanye actually cropped out Bey’s sister Solange Knowles before posting this, so just ponder that wrongness for a couple seconds: famewhore Kim is okay, but a legitimately talented artist like Solange isn’t? Dafuq?