A Beyonce and Jay-Z in Cuba Potaje


For your Saturday reading pleasure, a potaje of opinion pieces on Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Cuba vacation:

In the Huffington Post, Hollywood film director Phil Lord wrote an open letter to the couple:

An Open Letter to Jay-Z

Dear Mr. Z,

I just heard your new track, “Open Letter,” released today. It’s got everything I love about your music: looping internal rhymes, an infectious beat, and imagery that draws me into a kind of swaggering, defiant fantasy.

Speaking of defiant fantasies, I’ve been following news of your recent trip to the island nation of Cuba. As the son of a Cuban refugee, and cousin and nephew to many Cubans on the island, I cringe when Americans visit Cuba for a fun island vacation. For one thing it’s illegal (which nobody seems to care about), but more importantly, it’s either ignorant of or calloused to the struggles of Cubans on the island. I actually encourage my friends to travel to Cuba, to bear witness to one of the great tragedies of our time, to learn about the real Cuba, to put a human face on the caricature of Americans that the Castros propagate. Exchange and travel between our two nations should be a catalyst for change, as it has been even in my own family. But for me, Cuba is not the place to have a fun, sexy, vacation. Because for Cubans on the island and living elsewhere, it’s not.

Continue reading HERE.

Fabiola Santiago in The Miami Herald:

Jay-Z ignores Cuba’s real heroes

It’s not difficult to clear up the confusion the “street cred” self-conscious Jay-Z expressed in the rap he quickly penned upon his return from Cuba, Open Letter.

Jay-Z can’t understand why it’s so wrong to kiss up to the Communist Cuban regime if the microphone he’s holding is made in China, a Communist country too.

Let me boil it down to one thought:

The repressed people Jay-Z doesn’t mind keeping chained to a white, geriatric dictatorship of five decades — the Fidel and Raúl Castro dynasty that has already prepped and designated another white heir — are his brothers.

Talking down at them from his rich man’s stogie-smoking perch rings of self-loathing.

What’s difficult to understand is not where China fits in, but why there’s little or no sympathy for Cuba’s dissidents among the civic black leadership of the United States, among the literati and the entertainers, when many of the leaders of the Cuban dissident movement are black.

Want to talk “revolution” and “jail time”?

Continue reading HERE.

Mercedes Schlapp in U.S. News and World Report:

Crazy in Love: Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Cuba Problem

Part of me believes that Beyonce and Jay-Z were naïve when they chose to celebrate their five-year wedding anniversary in Cuba. However, as the daughter of a former political prisoner in Cuba, I would argue that they should have known better than to travel to the island and support its repressive regime.

The Cuban people do not live in freedom. They are closely monitored by the Castro regime and are restrained from openly criticizing the government. Cuba is a nation stuck in time, and the regime’s complete control of businesses, the press and the Internet has kept the Cuban people from advancing and achieving their dreams. They are too busy trying to figure out where they will get their next meal to feed their families. They are impoverished and lack any real opportunity for economic prosperity and self-actualization – all in the name of Castro’s revolution.

The money spent by these superstars on their vacation only benefits the Cuban regime because, as Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen explained, “Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled.” Perhaps the couple strolled passed my father’s old business office that was taken away by the Cuban government. The regime has no respect for individual rights.

Continue reading HERE.

Last but certainly not least, Janeen Capizola at Bizpac Review addresses Geraldo Rivera defense of Jay-Z and Beyonce, which in typical Geraldo fashion, is completely idiotic:

We’re all wrong about Cuba, Geraldo praises Jay-Z

There was nothing humorous, let alone sane, in Geraldo Rivera’s analysis of the controversy surrounding Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s trip to Cuba.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning, Rivera pooh-poohed all the critics and criticisms of the stars’ anniversary trip to the communist regime last week.

“Jay-Z and Beyoncé showed the good life to millions of Cubans who will envy America as a result,” Rivera said, proving he has completely lost his mind. “It was a harmless trip and the reaction was way over the top.”

Continue reading HERE.

4 thoughts on “A Beyonce and Jay-Z in Cuba <i>Potaje</i>”

  1. It’s astounding that Rivera’s still around, meaning still getting paid for his worthless BS. No doubt being PC and “Latino” help, but seriously, who’d want to even look at this cheeseball by now, let alone listen to him? The best I can say for him is that he’s not Rick Sánchez, so at least I don’t have to be ashamed of him.

  2. I know they won’t change, but if “Latinos” won’t lift a finger to help us, can’t they at least STFU about Cuba?

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