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.
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”.
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.”
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.