Remember when Beyonce and Jay-Z went to Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary and everyone got all up in arms about? Well, even though the United States has for decades upheld laws that basically tell Americans not to travel to Cuba, Beyonce says she was still shocked by the amount of flack she received for going there.
She told ABC News on Monday:
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.
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Beyonce and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba is bothering the insanely gorgeous Stacey Dash. The former “Single Ladies” actress hopped on Twitter to let the most powerful couple in music know that they’re in the wrong for visiting the communist country.
Remember those “99 Problems” Jay-Z claimed to have and none of them being a bitch … well … nevermind. I don’t understand why Stacey Dash fights so hard to be taken seriously when she does things like pose naked in a bathtub and makes that her profile photo on Twitter–the very place she likes to hop on her soapbox and chastise those who don’t see the world through her green eyes. Read more on Hello Beautiful…
Another day, another reason to be completely jealous of Beyonce and Jay-Z. I have always wanted to go to Cuba, but I’m totally paranoid about going because technically you’re not supposed to visit as a tourist. But yet here Jayonce is, celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary with my dream vacay. They are just the luckiest. Totally digging Beyonce’s “Poetic Justice” braids and Thakoon tunic, by the way. Click through for more photos of Jay and Bey wandering the streets of Cuba in style.
Cuban dancer and choreographer Juan Miguel Mas used to belong to a traditional dance troupe, but he rarely made it on stage because of his weight. “I created a character for myself to play, Giant Baby, and that was the first and only time I was allowed on stage,” he says. “I needed more opportunities to perform.” In 1996, he’d decided he’d had enough, and created Danza Voluminosa, a dance troupe especially for people who didn’t fit the mold of traditional dancers. Mas’ goal wasn’t just to use larger people to recreate the same old dance moves; he wanted to “create an aesthetic starting from their bodies that were more soft, more wide.” Keep reading »
Diana Nyad, an endurance swimmer who attempted to swim the 103 miles between Cuba and Florida without a shark tank, abandoned her goal on Tuesday morning. Nyad began her swim on Sunday and was followed by a team of 30 people operating an electrical field to repel sharks. As a condition of her competition, she was not allowed to touch the boats following her and she had to tread water while eating or drinking. But 29 hours into her swim, she was suffering shoulder pain, asthma and was vomiting when she was brought on board a boat. This isn’t the first time Nyad attempted to swim from Havana to Key West: she tried in 1978 at age 28, but also had to abandon that swim halfway. In the two years leading up to Sunday’s swim, Nyad swam up to 12 hours a day. Oh, and did I mention she’s 61-years-old? Keep reading »
For 40 years, Americans have been banned from traveling to Cuba. But this week, Barack Obama eased travel restrictions for people with relatives in the communist country. Raul Castro, who took over when little brother Fidel was hospitalized in 2006, said, “We have sent word to the U.S. government…We are willing to discuss everything—human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners, everything.” [CNN] Keep reading »
The first gay pride parade was supposed to take place in Cuba yesterday, but just minutes before the unofficial march was set to begin, two of its organizers were detained. The activists were going to deliver a set of demands to the justice department, which included an apology from the government for its past repression and incarceration of openly gay people. [The Guardian, U.K.] Keep reading »