Superstar Beyonce’s visit to Cuba with her equally famous rapper hubby Jay-Z on Thursday raised eyebrows in South Florida.
The question now: Will their vacation in Havana impact ticket sales for their upcoming concerts in Miami-Dade?
Beyonce will be at American AirlinesArena on July 10 as part of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour; Jay-Z will perform Aug. 16 at Sun-Life Stadium as part of the Legends of the Summer tour with Justin Timberlake.
The news of their visit to the island broke on the same week famous Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez made several well-attended appearances in Miami, New York and Europe to discuss living conditions in Cuba, human rights abuses and lack of basic freedoms in the Communist-ruled island. Miami is home to hundreds of thousands of Cuban exiles who fled the Fidel Castro regime starting in 1959.
“It's sad to see the callous side of these individuals who vacation in a country where there is no respect for human rights and huge discrimination against blacks,” said Spanish-language radio personality Ninoska Perez Castellon. “Current U.S. law bans U.S. tourism to Cuba; I hope Beyoncè and Jay-Z are not above the law.”
The power couple appeared to be on the island celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary, but it’s unknown how their trip was classified.They strolled through the streets of Old Havana, attracting a crowd of locals and photographers. They were accompanied by their mothers on the trip.
Jay-Z at times mentions Cuba in his raps. In Otis, with Kanye West, he raps:
Welcome to Havana smoking cubanos with Castro in cabanas...
In his latest hit with Timberlake, Suit & Tie, he raps this line: Green card for the Cuban linx.
Thursday was also a big day for his wife; Beyonce released her new single with a tease on Twitter.