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“He’s British!” 21 Savage Arrested and Detained By ICE

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21 Savage has been arrested and detained by ICE. Accused of being a citizen of the United Kingdom who overstayed his visa, the rapper was targeted during an operation involving local and federal law enforcement.

This everyone’s problem

The arrest of Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, aka 21 Savage, is a maneuver that has made the terror of racist immigration policies more visceral for Black citizens. Until now, the discussion surrounding protections and immigration reform have centered the plight of Middle-Eastern, Hispanic, or Latinx migrants. Black Americans have watched white reciting rhetoric rife with a “better them than us” mentality. For some, the big picture just wasn’t there.

Sitting idly by as children were forcibly separated from their parents, Black Americans continued to believe it was “not their fight”, but we forgot something. These racist policies coupled with a radicalized border security organization stand to impact Black people worldwide, inflicting lasting pain. Haitians, Jamaicans, Nigerians, Kenyans, Ghanaian people, our people, are among those relying on the DREAM Act as well as DACA.

What is currently happening to 21 Savage is just a taste of what can happen to them. Click To Tweet

From England to America

21 Savage was born in the London Borough of Newham in the United Kingdom to British parents. However, when his parents separated, he moved with his mother to Atlanta at the age of 12 in July 2005. Living on the eastside of Atlanta, he quickly found himself involved with the streets and ultimately ended up joining Bloods. But before he would take part in illicit activities, he became a member of the system. Although his visa expired in 2006, 21 was sent to a youth detention center before completing eighth-grade. He was even arrested. In October of 2014, 21 Savage was convicted of felony drug charges. For thirteen years, Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, aka 21 Savage, lived, worked, and gained celebrity status before ICE apprehended him claiming, “his whole public persona is false.” But 21 was not arrested alone.

Group Arrest

Rapper Young Nudy was in the vehicle with 21 Savage when they, along with two others, were stopped for a traffic violation. Booked into Dekalb County as Quantavious Thomas, Young Nudy faces aggravated assault and gang charges. While the arrest of Nudy and the two unnamed parties were on separate charges, 21’s presence in the vehicle will further complicate his release from detention. An attorney for 21 Savage released a statement that says the following:

We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in this country, especially in Atlanta, Georgia, and is actively working in the community — leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”

Just recently, Abraham-Joseph has been rebranding his image. He is including more culturally relevant material in his sets, has held three consecutive back-to-school drives, and is petitioning for an end to gun violence through a movement called “Guns Down, Paintballs Up”.

Star Power

Following the news of his arrest, celebs have petitioned to use their platforms and capital to shed light on the issue. Hoping to hire “the best immigration and criminal lawyers money can buy, Pee the CEO of Quality Control, is rallying those who side with the rapper to his cause. Immigration Attorney Pan Peynado Stewart says that while a first offender case does not usually count as a conviction under Georgia law, it does under federal immigration law. Alluding to the rapper’s potential deportation, Stewart said, “this can have a huge impact in this case.”

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Mystery Woman Complicates Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Relationship

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Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have been seeing each other exclusively for the last six years. At least, they were until photos of Jamie with a hot, young singer recently emerged. According to multiple sources, Katie has called it quits, but the problems they faced go beyond his wandering eyes.

Citing their long-distance lifestyle and his reckless ways, reclusive actress Katie Holmes says she’s ready to move forward with someone who can commit. The couple began dating privately in 2013 following her divorce from Tom Cruise. Although their relationship status was never formally announced, Jamie and Katie were often seen at public events, vacationing, and exchanging PDA. But things seemed to slow down in February 2019 when Jamie was overheard at a party boasting about his single life.

According to MarieClaire, Foxx told party goers he was happy to be single during Byron Allen’s annual Oscar’s celebration. While Holmes didn’t appear to be phased by the slight, she didn’t let it go easily. Katie began posting racy photos on Instagram and during their first major public appearance at the Met Gala, the couple kept their distance. Not long after this, Holmes allegedly presented Foxx with an ultimatum, either move closer or move out of my life. Foxx apparently chose the latter.

A month after attending the Met, mystery woman Sela Vave posted photos of herself and Jamie getting cozy in an undisclosed location. Expressing her gratitude to him, Sela further fueled the rumors that Katie and Jamie were through. But the question on everyone’s lips is who is she?

Sela Vave credits herself as an actress, model, and musician. Currently repped by Talent Management Group and Vave says that Foxx is just a mentor in her music career. The two were recently on LA’s Power 106 FM to plug her upcoming album. But while all that makes it seem like things are strictly professional, Vave and Foxx have traveled a lot together. In June, they were spotted at the BET Awards together and shortly after, he brought her along to his performance in The Hamptons. Neither Foxx, Holmes, or Vave have confirmed or denied any rumors. A predictable move, especially since Vave is younger than his own daughter.

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Strong Light Skin Lead: Black Twitter Gathers Netflix Over ‘Raising Dion’ Cast Changes

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When Netflix launched Strong Black Lead during the 2018 BET Awards, patrons of the streaming platform were excited for the diverse content to come. But the recent bevy of cancellations, questionable shows, and even more questionable casting choices have driven their subscribers to anger. The most recent decision to stoke the fire? The lightening of the cast of Raising Dion.

Based on a comic book by Dennis Liu, Raising Dion is a science fiction series centered on the protection of a boy who discovers superhero-like abilities following his father’s passing. Well received by the public, the initial pitch for the show featured dark skin leads for Dion and his mother, Nicole Reese. But now that the series is slated to premiere October 4th, fans were shocked to see that there were significant changes to the cast’s appearance.

Hoping to see Dennis Liu’s vision fulfilled, fans have expressed their disappointment with the cast changes by attacking the Netflix post. But some unlikely people have come to support the series despite the rampant claims of colorism. Sarunas Jackson is catching a lot of heat for his statements. The Insecure actor said, “This narrative that light skinned actors have it easier is completely false. And I can support what I’m saying, trust.”

Ignoring the blatant colorism that has stifled the dreams of many dark skinned people in the entertainment industry, Jackson’s remarks practically ‘All Lives Matter’ the situation. Even worse, it has encouraged people who believe in a “dark skin supremacy” agenda to make their presence known. Netflix’s palatable casting choice may cost them dearly as fans are already rallying to boycott the series ahead of its October release.

Will you be watching Raising Dion?

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Basketball Wives, Colorism, & The Negative Depictions of Black Women. Time We Call it Out.

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The State of Basketball Wives In a Nutshell

Basketball Wives is on its eighth season and their eighth episode and nothing has changed over the course of the show. As a viewer, who has watched the show since the Royce and Suzie days, the drama has escalated to something that is absolutely unacceptable. They have enabled bullying, they have stated racist comments, and helped colorism flourish. This is not a reach, there are several examples of this and I will elaborate on them later on in this post. Quite frankly, I am beyond dispirited by the deplorable behavior, Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O’Neal, Feby Torres, and even Malaysia Pargo have shown over time and specifically this season. Yes, Jennifer Williams & Jackie Christie have done their share of foul things too.

Timeline

Let’s look at the timeline of the show. Where do I even begin?

Well, the first season of Basketball Wives (Miami) introduced us to Royce Reed who was a former dancer for an NBA team and an entrepreneur with her own dance company. Royce spoke her mind. She was not dressing like them, she was not participating in the same activities as them, and she didn’t kiss their ass. Furthermore, Evelyn and Jennifer would constantly throw jabs at Royce on the way she looked and the way she dressed. They ostracized her in many ways and she then became the outcast. This is bullying.

Tanya Woods

Next, let’s take a look at the LA branch. Do you guys remember Tanya Williams? Probably not, she didn’t stay too long.

The ladies found her irritating because she was “boring”. I guess having a great vocabulary makes you boring. They also were upset that she did not break up a fight (Malaysia vs Laura). Tanya was flabbergasted that there was a fight happening in front of her. Which makes sense because she is usually around women who have class. Moreover, during an interview she did with Loop 21 back in 2013, she eluded to the fact that there are not many black women behind the scenes encouraging resolution or more positive depictions. As a result, this lets me know that Shaunie O’Neal does not care about the depictions of black women. Yes, these ladies do not represent all black women, but why even have them acting like fools on TV.

Let’s now fast forward to the last season of Basketball Wives and this current season.

OG is a new member of the show, she is a proud Nigerian and she plays professional women’s football. OG reminds me of Royce because she is not quick to agree with the ladies and she formulates her own opinions. Let’s be clear though, OG has not been perfect but for the most part, she has shown viewers that she may be the only real and genuine one on the show.

In recent episodes, OG interfered with some family business between Cece and Kristen, which is never okay. However, what is really not okay with me, is the fact that the other ladies specifically Evelyn, Malaysia, and Shaunie have been having some selective outrage. A couple of seasons ago Evelyn was having conversations with Jackie’s daughter about Jackie, and Shaunie enabled the behavior by not checking Evelyn. So what is the difference?

This season, we have Feby and she recently moved to LA to become more independent and work on her music career. Feby already begins to start issues with OG for absolutely no reason but to fit in with the ladies dislike for OG. Now get this, Feby in one episode was talking so terribly about OG with the other ladies and talking about the way she looks and everything else you can imagine. Feby even wasted her time to write a rap song mentioning OG and then lied about it. When OG confronts Feby, OG gets labeled “aggressive”.

Colorism OR Mean Girls OR Both?

Now doesn’t this rhetoric sound like white people describing black people who speak their mind or have strong passions? Evelyn is able to throw tables, throw drinks, and call Cece “Lee Lee” and yet her behavior is never reprimanded. But you know why? It s because of the blatant colorism towards OG on this show, that I can’t stand. When Latinas or light skin women get angry it is sexy or it is justified compared to when black women or darker skin women get angry, it is deemed “aggressive”.

Some may argue that Kristen, Jennifer, and Malaysia are dark skin and don’t get the treatment. However, Malaysia has gotten plastic surgery to gain European features. Let’s be real. Jennifer and Kristen don’t have strong features and they fit Evelyn and Shaunie’s aesthetic. Not to mention, Kristen referred to OG as Kunta Kinte and the ladies laughed. The words they use to describe OG have never been used before towards any other castmate in Basketball Wives history. Lastly, just because you are dark skin girl does not exempt you from making colorist comments.

Royce, Tanya, and OG are beautiful dark skin women with natural features that did not fit their expectations. Let’s keep that in mind.

I think it’s mean girl bullying and colorism all intertwined. Let me know what you all think. Very curious if anyone feels this way.

Now, I understand that this is reality TV and you should expect some mess. However, it makes the show interesting and impactful if there is some type of resolution. Instead, the drama and the antics accumulate and grow into a disgusting narrative.

A couple of seasons ago, Shaunie said Maylasia had no substance.

Shaunie, sis this whole show has no substance.

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