Beyoncé and Jay-Z are veritable royalty in Hollywood, and everyone knows the king and queen can do what they want. Because of this unspoken rule, the couple pranced off to Cuba last week to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, despite the fact that tourism to Cuba has been illegal for years and US citizens need a government-granted license to travel there due to a trade embargo. They also need valid religious, cultural or academic reasons for going. Bey & Jay had neither, and Congress isn’t too happy about it.
From ITV News:
Two Republican members of Congress have asked the US Treasury Department for information on what type of licence the couple obtained before heading to Havana.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who both represent districts in south Florida where there is a high Cuban-American population, said: “Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism.”
“The Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” the letter said, adding: “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.”
Oopsies! I guarantee you they didn’t have any special license, but I also guarantee you no one is going to fine them, because they’re BFF with Obama and he’ll put a stop to that shit. You know, important presidential business and all. If anything, Bey can always claim she was sharing her brand of modern feminism internationally… or something.
April 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been married for five whole years now, so where better to commemorate their anniversary but… Cuba? The couple took their mothers with them to Havana this week, where they went out to lavish meals, posed for pictures with the locals and wore a bizarre array of animal print clothing and accessories.
On Wednesday night, they dined at La Guarida – where Jack Nicholson and Jodie Foster have previously eaten – and waitress Silvia Fernandez described Beyoncé as “beautiful, without a drop of make-up, very natural” and added: “What happened with the people was incredible.”
From The AP (via The Miami Herald):
On Thursday the couple toured colonial Old Havana wearing dark glasses and surrounded by bodyguards and excited fans. Beyonce posed for pictures with local schoolchildren while Jay-Z puffed on a Cuban cigar, and then they popped into another restaurant that boasts a rooftop terrace with a sweeping view of the harbor.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z declined to speak to reporters, and it was not clear why they traveled to Cuba. State-run website CubaSi called it a tourist trip.
Washington’s 51-year embargo makes it illegal for US citizens to visit Cuba for mere tourism, although tens of thousands of Americans travel here each year on academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange licenses. In the past, artists who were challenged by the government have said they visited for cultural purposes.
April 5, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Another day, another celebrity hacking. This time it’s not tits and ass we’re getting a peek at, but rather private financial information of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars (and a few politicians, too). Surprise: they’re all rich! Filthy rich!
Twelve big celebs and political figures, including Jay-Z, Beyonce, are the victims of a hacker who has posted detailed information about what appears to be their finances … and we’ve learned law enforcement is on the case.
A website — we’re not disclosing the name — has posted social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card info, car loans, banking and other info of major celebs. In addition to Beyonce and Jay-Z … the site has snagged financial dossiers of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Biden, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
The site was not able to get a lot on Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, but most of the others on the list have had their financial info compromised.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the LAPD has already launched an investigation. We’re told the FBI is looking into it.
Damn. Donald Trump and Britney Spears were also added to this list soon after the initial report emerged. Basically nothing is private anymore, not even the financial information of big stars who can, presumably, pay or extra security measures to keep this info from getting out. It’s unclear what anyone would be able to do with this info since presumably, if you tried to steal money from these people, you’d have a damn hard time getting away with it, but maybe I’m just not up on the latest criminal approaches. Not really my scene.
I’m sure we’ll see some more celebs added to this list in the coming weeks. How much do you want to bet that since this is involving famous people, the perps will be caught and in jail by week’s end? Everyone knows Hollywood personalities are important than real crimes affecting regular people.
March 12, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
From The New York Post:
Jay-Z and Beyoncé missed the Oscars, and instead had dinner with Sarah Jessica Parker in New York on Sunday night. The music power couple joined the “Sex and the City” star and five others for a long meal at Freemans on the Lower East Side. “They completely blew off the Oscars,” said a source, adding, “They didn’t even have it on a TV screen. They were there until well after 1 a.m. with their friends, laughing and eating.” Bey’s sister Solange, however, was seen partying at Vanity Fair’s LA bash.
I love that this is a story, and that Beyoncé and Jay-Z deciding not to go to the Oscars is seen as a personal insult to the entire Academy Awards. I mean, they didn’t even watch it! Take that, Oscars! I suppose adding insult to injury is the fact that they were having dinner with Sarah Jessica Parker instead (weird combination, don’t you think?), but for the record, SJP is a really nice lady – and a very, very tiny one, as it were.
I have to say – I don’t blame Bey & Jay for skipping out on the Oscars, for the following reasons:
1. It’s in LA. Los Angeles blows – the traffic, the weather… I’ll pass. (Sorry, Angelinos!)
2. You have to get dressed in fancy things, wear Spanx and get your hair & makeup done – sweatpants with one leg cut to fit the leg cast you had on for 6 weeks and a stained Napoleon Dynamite hoodie that you got for $5 at Kohl’s back in 2002 won’t cut it. (Yes, that’s my wardrobe right now.)
3. So long! You have to walk the red carpet and smile and stop for pictures and then, when that’s finally over, you have to go inside and sit through a whole long ceremony that’s never funny and features mostly people you don’t give a shit about. Ugh, is it over yet?
4. There are after-parties, which you’re expected to attend when all you really want to do is have your limo driver stop at the McDonald’s drive-thru before going back to your hotel room, pulling the black-out curtains and watching a Sandra Bullock movie on TNT while eating your chicken nuggets in peace.
I rest my case.
February 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
There she is in all her glory: the new messiah, Blue Ivy Carter! Sure, we’ve seen dozens of blurry paparazzi photos of Beyoncé and Jay-Z‘s golden child, but this is the real deal. I mean, this is the child so special that she could talk right out of the womb and even her shit-filled diapers are magical.
The picture is a still taken from Bey’s HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream, which airs tonight. Damn, Blue looks like her father, don’t you think? It’s pretty hilarious how much attention this baby has received – nearly as much as the forthcoming royal arrival of Wills & Kate. Maybe it’s the intense secrecy that surrounded Beyoncé’s pregnancy (I know, conspiracy theorists – I see you there) that increased the interest about the little one, but whatever, it’s a baby and it’s cute. Let’s just leave it at that.
February 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Jennifer
I’ve got to hand it to Amanda Bynes, who continues to take it to the next level at every available opportunity with pure, unadulterated f-ckery. I don’t pretend to know what goes through her head when she does stuff like piercing her face or hit-and-running, and I certainly don’t know what in the hell possessed her to get on Twitter and call Jay-Z ugly.
Of course, she later thought better of whatever the hell that was and decided to delete it, but not before it was picked up by plenty of sites, all of which are wondering the same thing: what is wrong with this girl? Also, why choose a paparazzi photo with someone else’s head in the way to insult someone with? The mind boggles on so many levels.