Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Source says Beyonce and Jay Z trip to Cuba approved

One of our favorite couples in music caused quite a stir while celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. Jay-Z and Beyonce spent time in Havana, Cuba, attracting large crowds wherever they went. The trip also drew criticism far and wide because of a decades-long U.S. trade embargo against Cuba preventing most Americans from traveling to the communist island for tourism and leisure purposes, without a license granted by the U.S. government.

A source close to the trip told Reuters that it was a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department. The trip included visits with Cuban artists and musicians, as well as several nightclubs with live music and some of the city's best run private restaurants. Paparazzi photos captured the happy couple strolling city streets surrounded by locals, eating good food, and the queen Bey took a bunch of photos on her personal camera.

The source said the visit did not involve meetings with local officials or typical tourist activity. The Cuban government didn't even know of the couple's four-day trip until hours before their arrival. Although this kind of people-to-people trip can be taken, tourism is strictly prohibited. While the U.S. embargo is in place, President Barack Obama's administration has eased restrictions on travel to Cuba for academic, religious or cultural programs.  

Again we ask, can they live?

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