News: Jay-Z & Beyoncé Catch Major Heat, Backlash Over Cuba Trip
Saturday, Apr 6, 2013 11:50AM
Rap mogul Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter are currently in the hot seat after taking a publicized trip out to Havana, Cuba for their five-year anniversary earlier in the week.
According to reports, a Cuban rights lobbyist is upset over the hip-hop couple using the time to heat up the press and not educate themselves on the area's societal problems.
Mauricio Claver-Carone, the D.C. director for the US-Cuba Democracy PAC -- a group committed to fighting for democracy in Cuba -- tells TMZ the A-listers should've educated themselves about what's really going on there before taking photo ops. Jay and Bey were photographed Thursday in Havana -- reportedly to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary -- but have since come under fire from some Cuban-American groups. (TMZ)
The activist also noted the struggles women of Havana endure on a daily basis.
US citizens are still technically banned from traveling to the island purely for tourism ... and are supposed to obtain a travel license from the US government. Mauricio says he's disappointed the superstars chose to vacay in Cuba because, "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." (TMZ)
Photos of Young Hov and Bey enjoying their anniversary bubbled across the Internet heading into the weekend.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé enjoyed a Communist State of Mind on Thursday, celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba. The "Empire State of Mind" Brooklyn rapper and his "Crazy in Love" crooner wife were mobbed by starstruck fans as they toured Old Havana wearing dark sunglasses and vacation gear. Beyoncé also wore an eye-catching braided beehive hairdo. (New York Daily News)
They also reportedly dined on some of the local food and took photos with the residents.
The couple dined with the mothers and another man Wednesday evening at the La Guarida restaurant, according to People.com. One of the restaurant's waitresses, Silvia Fernandez, told the publication that said Beyonce looked "beautiful without a drop of make up on." On Thursday they toured colonial Old Havana surrounded by body guards. Wearing dark glasses Beyonce posed with several school children before the couple went into a restaurant whose rooftop terrace boasts a sweeping view of the harbor. (CBS Local)