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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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K Michelle on R Kelly: “If I Talk, Everybody Going to Jail”

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During an interview with Nick Cannon on Power 106, K Michelle dished about her upcoming album, past struggles, and complicated working relationship with R. Kelly. K Michelle admitted her feelings surrounding the disgraced R&B singer/songwriter’s legal woes are very complex.

K Michelle is no stranger to controversy. The singer once heralded for her academic achievements and involvement at FAMU, has a complicated past that includes a fuzzy professional relationship with R. Kelly. Admitting he is controlling, she says it’s difficult for her to watch him be discarded for his actions. She admits she isn’t defending him but wants the public to “keep the same energy.”

As Nick Cannon led up to inquire about her past experiences with R. Kelly, he empathized with her. He waxed poetic that Black people were “castrating members of the community that brought so much joy to us.”, a sentiment with which she agreed. Continuing that he was indifferent because he had known a different side of R. Kelly, Nick asked K. Michelle what was her outlook on the situation after being so close to the singer. She seemed reluctant to judge.

Stating “I know right is right, and wrong is wrong, but I don’t have a heaven or a hell to put this person in.”, K Michelle thinks the public’s response to Kelly’s actions is inconsistent. Referencing Elvis’ taboo relationship with 14-year-old Priscilla Presley, she alluded to the lack of outrage when one of the biggest stars in history “picked his girlfriend up from school”. As for how she feels about R. Kelly’s fall from grace, K Michelle shared she was in the studio as he was apprehended and broke down.

Watching in dismay with famed producer Jazze Pha, K Michelle said: “I was looking through the booth at the tv and to be standing in the booth and to see that — that was a lot — I just lost it.” Sharing she had a different experience as he controlled only her music, K Michelle says “If I talk, everybody is going to jail.”

Both Nick and K Michelle admit they, along with others, turned their backs on his wrongdoing, but have grown to respect the survivors that are coming forward.

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Cuba Gooding Jr Accused by 14 Women of Sexual Abuse

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After being accused of misdemeanor sex abuse stemming from a reckless night at a Manhattan night club, Cuba Gooding Jr is facing 12 additional accusations of misconduct. The once reputable actor has entered his not guilty plea and will face fourteen women who claim they’ve experienced abuse at his hands.

Tuesday, Cuba Gooding Jr appeared in a Manhattan Supreme Court to answer for charges from an incident that occurred in June. A woman approached the NYPD after being groped by Gooding Jr on the dancefloor. Her call to action led the NYPD to open an investigation which has resulted in prosecutors indicting the actor on four misdemeanor counts. Prosecutors have evidence that Cuba Gooding Jr. has assaulted 12 additional women and plan to bring each complainant in to prove the actor’s malicious intent.

Despite the severity of the charges, Cuba Gooding Jr appeared to be unphased during the proceedings. The actor responded to the accusations in court with a confident not guilty plea and was then released to his legal team. Yet, a questionable statement made by his representation stood out for it’s comparisons to accusations waged against Presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden. Referencing a handsy encounter with a fellow politician, the attorney Mark Jay Heller said the following:

“This indictment constitutes a distorted overreaction pandering to the current hypersensitive climate where innocent common-place gestures are now misperceived and mischaracterized as offensive as exemplified by the incredible condemnation of former Vice President Joseph Biden, who innocently touched a woman’s shoulder.”

As they exited the courthouse, fans expressed their support and reporters attempted to get a statement. However, Gooding Jr. and his lawyer refused to respond to any inquiries.

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Todrick Hall Called Out by Former Dancer for Colorism and Outstanding Debts

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“He is talented indeed, but that talent is squandered by coonery.” Twitter tea is piping hot with details about what it’s truly like to work with Todrick Hall. The multi-faceted YouTuber, best known for his original songs and parodies, has been accused by a former dancer for questionable payment practices and ‘off-color’ behavior.

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Dancer/choreographer Thom White shared some disappointing details about what goes on behind the scenes of a Todrick Hall production. Through a series of juicy tweets, he spilled tea about Todrick’s onset colorism and poor business management. Thom, who was featured in ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ and Todrick’s recent release titled ‘F*G’, stated the singer frequently hires multitudes of dancers for unpaid gigs. Reminiscing over the first shoot, Thom says Todrick needed more than 60 performers for the job but lamented he did not have the budget to compensate everyone accordingly. Acknowledging he wasn’t prepared to bear the expense of his talent, Todrick still boasted how much he was spending on the production of the video, which was $60,000 at the time.

“This is looking a little too chocolate”

Adding further insult to injury, Thom shared Todrick often made comments about the sheer number of Black dancers in his ensemble and went so far as to request “lighter people” to stand behind him. According to Thom, a tour dancer overheard the comments as well. During Thom’s second appearance, a paid opportunity, Todrick remarked it was weird that ‘F*G’ was his first time having an exclusively Black cast for his video. The ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ video was subjected to harsh criticism for its outright whitewashing of ballroom culture. During a Ballroom scene, the infamous ‘Dip’ was renamed “shablam” and negatively received by viewers. However, Todrick was unmoved by Thom who attempted to explain the importance of maintaining the lingo of a heavily appropriated space.

A Scammer?!

When it comes to paying what is owed, Todrick allegedly has a history of underperforming. The entertainer has been accused of non-payment by numerous dancers including Thom White, RDPR alum Manila Luzon, and a production assistant. Claiming to have worked on Todrick’s Forbidden visual album, the crew member says “Team Todrick” wasn’t responding to invoices, leaving several teams to threaten a walk-out. Manila stepped into Todrick’s Twitter mentions to nudge him about non-payment for hosting his 2018 Halloween Ball. But the details of Thom’s attempts to collect payment take the cake. After failing to remit the funds, Todrick ghosted the dancer, ignoring his calls, texts, and Instagram direct messages. Even reaching out to agencies to collect the debt was unsuccessful. According to Thom, several agencies tried to help but BLOC came right out and said Todrick’s camp was “bad, in general”, implying they refrain from doing business with him because of his history.

Todrick’s money woes can be tracked all the way to 2010 when the American Idol contestant accepted money from the families of children who aspired to perform in a failed “Oz, The Musical” production. Still, he isn’t taking this recent exposé to heart. Choosing to dignify Thom’s comments with a single tweet response, Todrick only had this to say in his defense.

Check out the entire exchange below.

UPDATE! Todrick Hall has reached out to the dancer to reconcile.

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