The headlines are loving music’s power couple right now, but this time they’re discussing some good news. Remember back in April 2013 when Jay Z and Beyoncé headed to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary and the media bashed them for allegedly breaking the law? Well, yesterday (Aug. 20) the Treasury Department’s Office of the Inspector General cleared the couple’s name of committing any crime.
“I done turned Havana into Atlanta,” he raps. “Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance… Politicians never did s–t for me except lie to me, distort history… They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime,” rapped Jay Z in his song “Open Letter”.
Why such a commotion about traveling to Cuba? According to a Huffington Post report, Americans looking to visit the country need to obtain a license from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), due to trading bans. However, Jay Z and Beyoncé vacation was deemed an official “people-to-people” cultural exchanged authorized by a non-profit group who obtained legal documentation for the two to travel there.
The OFAC reported the following statement clearing the couple’s name:
OFAC is authorized to license travel to Cuba for people-to-people educational exchanges that enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or help promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities. Based on our review of the applicable laws and regulations, OFAC guidelines, the OFAC case file for the non-profit organization including related correspondence between OFAC and the organization, and inquiry of OFAC officials, we believe OFAC’s determination that there was no apparent violation of U.S. sanctions with respect to Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s trip to Cuba was reasonable. While we are not making a formal recommendation in this memorandum, we believe that OFAC should document in its files with a summary of the basis for its determinations with respect to this matter.