The uproar over Beyonce, Jay-Z and their family visiting Cuba continues. The Carters visited the island to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary. As photos began to surface with Jay-Z strolling through Havana with a cigar, Beyonce in hand rocking her box braids in a Solange-approved print two-piece – media outlets went crazy! But just as we believed the madness was simmering down, GOP confidant Stacey Dash threw in her two cents on Twitter.
If you recall, last year the former “Single Ladies” star made a public announcement about switching to the Republican party. Needless to say the switch cost her a few friends but she gained the support of republicans hoping to increase their urban cred.
Despite her obvious grab for attention, this to will fade for Dash and the Carters will move on to their next venture. As expected the Carters indeed crossed all their “t”s and dotted their “i”s.
According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday confirmed that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s controversial trip to Cuba last week was indeed sanctioned.
“It is our understanding that the travelers in question traveled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by (the Office of Foreign Assets Control) to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba,” Alastair M. Fitzpayne, the Treasury’s assistant secretary for legislative affairs, wrote in a letter to Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart.
The letter also notes that “OFAC’s regulations and guidelines require that such trips involve a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that result in meaningful interaction between the U.S. travelers and individuals of Cuba.” Visitors are allowed to “engage in non-educational activities off-hours.”
Do you think all the hoopla surrounding the Carter’s Cuba trip was warranted?