Beyonce and Jay-Z are taking heat for the Cuba excursion because all the RACIST WHITE PEOPLE are on the hunt to attack African Americans -- so claims legendary comedian Dick Gregory.
Gregory -- whose political attacks are epic -- told our photog at Reagan National Airport, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been skewered because of the color of their skin.
And he warns everyone ... "We're not the caretaker of Black folk."
And one more thing -- Gregory seems to think Dennis Rodman went to North Korea as part of an Obama-sanctioned secret mission.
Dick Gregory -- old but still bold.
Beyonce & Jay-Z
Cuba Trip Reportedly
OK'd By U.S.
4/8/2013 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba last week reportedly got the U.S. Treasury Department's stamp of approval.
A source tells Reuters, the two visited Cuba last week for their 5th anniversary on a fully licensed "cultural" trip.
As we reported, it's against the law for U.S. citizens to travel to the communist nation if it's purely for tourism ... but exceptions can be made in the form of "cultural exchange" licenses.
Then again, the government doesn't just dole out licenses ... you need to show good reason ... and so far, the justification is unclear.
Tom Morello from 'Rage'
Jay-Z & Beyonce
4/6/2013 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tom Morello from "Rage Against the Machine" says everyone needs to stop bitching about Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba trip.
Tom was out in L.A. Friday, when our photog ask the rocker -- who's a pretty well known political activist and founder of the non-profit "Axis of Justice" -- about the controversial trip to the country famous for cigars and human rights violations.
Unlike lots of others ...Tom had their back.
In the process he dropped some Cuba knowledge ... explaining how to get in and out of the country ... legally.
Check it out.
Jay-Z and Beyonce
Blasted for 'Ignorant and
Insulting' Cuban Vacation
4/5/2013 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay-Z and Beyonce are clueless about the tortures happening in Cuba, and it's insulting they chose to visit the communist country for a celebration ... so says a Cuban rights lobbyist.
Mauricio Claver-Carone, the D.C. director for the US-Cuba Democracy PAC -- a group committed to fighting for democracy in Cuba -- tells TMZ the A-listers should've educated themselves about what's really going on there before taking photo ops.
Jay and Bey were photographed Thursday in Havana -- reportedly to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary -- but have since come under fire from some Cuban-American groups.
US citizens are still technically banned from traveling to the island purely for tourism ... and are supposed to obtain a travel license from the US government.
Mauricio says he's disappointed the superstars chose to vacay in Cuba because, "There are women getting beaten on a daily basis, women who are being jailed for no reason ... people are fighting for their freedom. It’s extremely insensitive."
We reached out to Beyonce and Jay-Z for comment. So far ... nada back.
Jay-Z & Beyonce
Jet Down to Cuba to
Play ... Ball?
4/5/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay-Z and Beyonce celebrated their wedding anniversary with an opportunely timed trip to Cuba that raises some questions, like ... is this strictly for pleasure, or maybe a little business too?
B and 'Hova were photographed strolling all over Havana on Thursday ... their 5th anniversary.
Technically, US citizens are not supposed to travel to the communist nation from the states if it's purely for tourism ... though there are ways to skirt the travel ban.
For instance, travelers can obtain a "cultural exchange" license from the US government.
It's not clear if baseball qualifies as "cultural exchange" -- or if Jay and Beyonce obtained a travel license.
Just a theory, but we gotta ask ...
I Don't Fake It
When It Comes To Crawfish
1/22/2013 1:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
You're Beyonce and you just faked your way through "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of millions of people -- including the President -- what's your next move????
CHOWING DOWN ON CRAWFISH AND SWEET POTATO PIE!!!!
After Bey "performed" at the Inauguration Monday, she and Jay-Z jetted down to New Orleans -- and the first thing they did that night ... was hit up the famous Mother's Restaurant.
We're told B and J noshed on some serious comfort food ... crawfish etouffee, potato salad, double grits, french fries, catfish, and calamari ... PLUS sweet potato pie and bread pudding for dessert.
Based on the menu, the meal set 'em back under $100 ... but we're told the two were "very sweet" and tipped "extremely well."
So at least their $$$ was real.
Kim Kardashian & Beyonce
Female Bonding at
Kanye & Jay-Z's Show
6/25/2012 10:35 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
Kim Kardashian has figured out the best perk of dating Kanye West ... she gets to kick it with the one and only Beyonce.
While their respective men performed on stage, Kim and Beyonce were spotted hanging out enjoying Kanye and Jay-Z's concert in England this weekend.
An eyewitness at the show tells us the new besties "danced and sang all night together" and even made their way to the craziness of the mosh pit at the Birmingham stop of the Watch the Throne tour.
Should Kelly Rowland or Michelle Williams not be available, Beyonce may have just found Blue Ivy's newest babysitter.
Blue Ivy Has ANOTHER
5/31/2012 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michelle Williams wants to make one thing clear -- babysitting for Beyonce's baby girl is just a part-time gig ... because she's not the only Destiny's Child singer doing diaper duty for Blue Ivy.
Last night in NYC, Michelle revealed Kelly Rowland also pulled a shift watching B.I. in Beyonce's hotel suite ... during B's concert in Atlantic City last weekend.
In the middle of the show, Beyonce thanked Michelle for babysitting -- but Michelle 'fessed up to us she had some help ... and even got to go downstairs to see some of the show.
Music royalty for parents AND smoking hot nannies? Blue Ivy wins again.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
Blue Ivy’s Public Debut
2/25/2012 2:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jay-Z and Beyonce carried a heavily bundled baby Blue Ivy out into the world for the first time ... hitting up Sant Ambroeus in the West Village for a little lunch today.
You need to crawl before you ball.
I'm Ready for My
1st Close Up!
2/10/2012 3:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
This is what the heir to a hip-hop fortune looks like ...
Beyonce and Jay Z have finally posted photos of Blue Ivy Carter .. which appear to have been taken at their pimped out suite at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC.
The Carters posted a note along with the pics which reads, "We welcome you to share in our joy."
Blue Ivy was born on January 7th.
It appears Beyonce color coordinated for the shoot with Blue Ivy ... check out her blue fingernail polish.
Triggers Church Vandalism --
Blue Ivy Is 'SATAN'
1/11/2012 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce's new baby Blue Ivy Carter is the devil incarnate -- this according to some heartless vandal who defaced the sign in front of a North Carolina church yesterday ... writing, "Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth."
The pastor at Beulah Hill Baptist Church in West End, NC tells TMZ, he discovered the vandalism yesterday after receiving numerous complaints from locals -- and removed it immediately.
The pastor insists, the church had nothing to do with the apocalyptic message ... it was simply the victim in a random act of mischief.
Blue -- Satan? No. Illuminati? ALMOST DEFINITELY.
2:35 PM PT: The pastor did an interview with local news today denying the claims he made to TMZ -- but we assure you 100%, the pastor made the claims in question ... and we continue to stand by our story.
Blue Ivy's Birth was 'Natural'
1/9/2012 1:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce says she gave birth to Blue Ivy the same way women have been giving birth for thousands of years ... naturally -- insisting she did NOT get a C-section.
There were reports the singer birthed Blue with the help of a scalpel -- but Bey and Jay-Z released a joint statement moments ago, claiming, Blue "was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives."
The couple adds, "Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support."
Beyonce Baby Drama
Hospital DENIES Closing Maternity Floor
1/9/2012 1:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce and Jay-Z did NOT pay $1.3 million so the Destiny's Child singer could give birth to Blue Ivy in a sealed off private floor ... this according to the hospital.
A rep for Lenox Hill Hospital just released a statement, claiming, "The suggestion that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent an entire maternity floor is simply not true."
The rep adds, "The family is housed in an executive suite at the hospital and is being billed the standard rate for those accommodations."
According to the rep, "The family does have its own security detail on site. However, the hospital has been and continues to be in control of managing all security at the facility. We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days."
TMZ broke the story ... moms at Lenox Hill are considering filing a lawsuit against the hospital, claiming they were treated like 2nd class citizens when Beyonce rolled in this weekend.