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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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Amanda Seales is Not the One

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Earlier this week, the ladies of “The Real” celebrated their 1,000th episode. Hosts Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Amanda Seales happily celebrated the momentous occasion with laughs, tears and a bottle of champagne. 

The celebration continued as the ladies were interviewed by “Extra” correspondent Jenn Lahmers.

During the interview, things became a bit awkward when Lahmers referred to Seales as the “newbie” and began to insinuate that she and fellow co-host, Mai, had “butted heads on a couple of topics.”

Immediately, Seales cut her off saying, “Have we? Stop!” She followed that up by stating emphatically, “That’s’ not the territory we’re coming from. We’re not butting heads. And I think it’s very, very important, especially at a table of diverse women to very clearly delineate the difference between having a difference of opinion than butting heads. You’ll know when I’m butting heads because when I butt heads, there’s only going to be one head standing and as you can see, we’re still here,” as she embraced Mai.

Mai and Seales followed up the quick read with a toast as the other ladies chimed in, fully supporting everything Seales had expressed. 

Earlier today, Seales posted a snippet of the exchange via her personal Instagram page with the caption, “To Gather.

She tried it. Don’t come for me unless I send for you. I am not hostile. I’m passionate. Happy Black History Month ❤️✊🏽”

Seales made her debut as the newest co-host of “The Real” on January 6th.

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Watch Premiere of Fat Joe & Dre’s “Hands on You” Ft. Bryson Tiller & Jeremih Exclusively on TIDAL

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Today, Fat Joe & Dre are teaming up with TIDAL to exclusively release the music video for “Hands on You” featuring Bryson Tiller and Jeremih. The song is the latest single from the duo’s joint album, “Family Ties,” which was released in December 2019 and included guest appearances from Cardi B, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Remy Ma, Anuel AA, Ty Dolla $ign.

Boi-1da and Rich Paul (LeBron James’ business partner) co-produced “Hands on You”, which features Joe and Dre rhyming over a sample of LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl.” Directed by entrepreneur and executive Irv Gotti, the music video takes place at LIV nightclub in Miami and includes a touching tribute to Big Pun, Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant.

 TIDAL members can watch on TIDAL.com/FatJoe

Fat Joe has previously collaborated with TIDAL on a variety of initiatives, including TIDAL X: Puerto Rico and TIDAL X: Brooklyn, as well as music video premieres for “Deep,” “Pullin,” “Money Showers,” and more. 

The premiere of Fat Joe & Dre’s “Hands on You” track adds to the growing list of exclusive music video content that TIDAL offers – cementing the platform as a premium destination for fans to connect with their favorite musicians. TIDAL is a pioneer in delivering exclusive premier access to its subscribers with high-profile music, videos, original content, livestreams, tickets, merchandise and live experiences fans cannot find anywhere else.

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SZA, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani on the Cover of Rolling Stone’s Women Shaping the Future Issue

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Rolling Stone magazine hit us with a trifecta of talent for their second annual, Women Shaping the Future issue, out March 3. 

On the cover, sweet-faced Normani, brash in your face Megan Thee Stallion and innocent, doe-eyed SZA are each clad in leather ensembles that match the unique persona’s we’ve come to love. 

SZA burst onto the scene in 2014 with her ep debut, Z. Since then, the singer/songwriter has been featured on chart-topping songs with Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Rihanna. 

Megan Thee Stallion grabbed our attention with her summer anthem, Hot Girl Summer, and has been giving us “Hot Girl” vibes all year long with no signs of slowing down.

As for Normani, formerly a member of Fifth Harmony, she’s given us plenty to celebrate as she embarked on her solo career. Just last year, the sultry vocalist collaborated with DJ Calvin Harris and released her first single, Motivation, along with a viral music video.

As we approach Women’s History Month, we’re excited to learn more about how each of these ladies plans to shape the future. 

According to Rolling Stone, “In addition to revealing, in-depth profiles of these three artists, the issue also contains exclusive interviews with Regina King, Stacey Abrams, Natasha Lyonne, and other prominent women in entertainment, sports, politics, and culture.”

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