News: Beyoncé On Jay-Z Cuba Trip: "It Was Actually Quite Shocking" [Video]

Monday, May 6, 2013 11:25AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has addressed making headlines over the past few weeks over a publicized and controversial five-year anniversary Cuba trip with her husband Jay-Z.

Rather than focus on the aftermath, Bey talked about the beauty of Cuba.

"You know, it was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. And it was really, it was really educational for me. I learned so much about so many people and the country, and it was actually quite shocking." ("Good Morning America")

Their trip even had President Barack Obama come forward to speak on it last month.

President Obama says the White House was not involved with the recent trip to Cuba by married singers Jay-Z and Beyonce. "I wasn't familiar that they were taking the trip," Obama told NBC's Today show during a wide-ranging interview. "My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba." A new Jay-Z song indicates that Obama approved of the trip, but Obama said the Treasury Department handles these kinds of things. "You know, this is not something the White House was involved with," Obama said. "We've got better things to do." The Today show taped the Obama interview Monday, just before the Boston Marathon attack. (USA Today)

A few weeks ago, Cuban rapper Pitbull dropped an "Open Letter" freestyle and rallied behind the super couple.

Miami rapper Pitbull released a rap response to Jay-Z's "Open Letter" rap response to Miami's Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Marco Rubio for criticizing his recent trip to Cuba. (Yeah, it's confusing. Here's the last link that has other links). Partisans in the Twittersphere seem confused. Is Pitbull taking sides? The wondering is understandable. Pitbull is a party rapper not known for subtlety (Rubio said as much on Twitter before clarifying his remarks). "Politicians love to hate you/ But then they run away when it's time to debate you.Question of the night:/ would they have mess with Mr. Carter if he was white?/ Hmmm, rhyme with treasury/ One way another in Cuba is where they'll bury me/ Happy 5th year anniversary, Jay and B/ don't worry it's on me." (Miami Herald)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was forced to address Jay's "Open Letter" song and speculation of President Obama talking to Hov about his five-year anniversary vacation.

Rapper Jay-Z's latest track is getting poor reviews from the White House. In the song, entitled "Open Letter," Jay-Z brags that he "got White House clearance" for his recent controversial trip to Cuba with wife Beyonce. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today denied the White House had any involvement with their trip, saying the Treasury Department handles all clearances for travel to Cuba. "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," Carney joked. In the song, Jay-Z also recounts a conversation he had with President Obama about his trip. "Obama said, 'Chill, you, gonna get me impeached... We don't need this s-t anyway, chill with me on the beach," he raps in the nearly three-minute song. (ABC News)

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