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Jay-Z Steps Up for 21 Savage, Hires Hot-Shot Lawyer

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Upon hearing of 21 Savage’s battle for release from ICE custody, Jay-Z has offered assistance. The billionaire rapper-turned-philanthropist has hired a lawyer to work on 21’s case.

Declaring 21 Savage’s circumstances “an absolute travesty,” Jay-Z has hired an attorney to assist the detained rapper. February 6th, Jay issued a statement explaining his decision via his Team Roc twitter account.:

This is No Coincidence

Jay-Z went on to share two additional tweets. The first references the U-Visa 21 Savage applied for in 2017 along with the mention of the extended version of “A Lot”, a single featuring J. Cole released in 2018. In the next tweet, Jay quotes the line that may have sparked ire from the feds. With lyrics that call out immigration injustice, 21 says:

“Been through some things so I can’t imagine my kids stuck at the border”

Jay-Z added, “This is no coincidence. #FREE21SAVAGE

Alex Spiro has been hired to represent She Yaa Bin Abraham-Johnson, aka 21 Savage, at the behest of Jay-Z. The 36-year-old lawyer has experience in both civil rights and trial cases, having notably prosecuted Rodney Alcala, “The Dating Game Killer.”

In the past, Spiro has represented artists like Mick Jagger and Jay-Z as well as athletes like DeMarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes. Once media outlets began reporting he would be involved in 21 Savage’s case, Spiro released a statement to TMZ:

“We are not going to stop until he is released, bonded out, or in front of a judge…What we have here is a someone who overstayed their Visa with an application pending for 4 years – not a convicted criminal that needs to be detained and removed, but by all accounts a wonderful person, father, and entertainer who has a marijuana offense which was vacated and sealed.”

21 applied for a U-Visa Twice

Four years ago, 21 Savage’s lawyer applied for a U-visa, which is set aside for victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse in the U.S. This form of visa was most likely selected due to the 2013 shooting which took place on Abraham-Johnson’s 21st birthday, where he was shot 6 times and the life of his brother was taken. The application was submitted almost immediately following a judge vacating his drug conviction but it sat in limbo – neither rejected or approved. In 2017, 21 and his lawyer resubmitted an application for a U-visa but it is still pending. Celebrity supporters of 21 Savage have called upon lawyers to argue that there is sufficient law that insists the rapper should be released on bond rather than held in ICE detention.

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Ray J Allegedly Stranded Pregnant Princess Love and Their Daughter

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Trouble in Scoot-E Bike paradise? Ray J is catching heat from social media and his pregnant wife after allegedly stranding her and their daughter in Las Vegas!

With the Love and Hip Hop Hollywood season finale and reunion episodes on the horizon, many are speculating this is a quick ploy by Mona Scott Young to get attention for the show. But it’s clear the couple has had problems in their relationship long before now. Remember the infamous pool incident? In any event, it’s safe to say things are not looking good for the singer-turned-entrepreneur and his once-doting wife.

Ray J has blocked Princess Love after she accused him on Instagram of stranding her and their precious child, Melody, in the city of sin. Leaving a comment beneath a recent post of his, Princess said “[Ray J] Left me and Melody stranded in Vegas and blocked me from calling…now you wanna post family photos #ByeUgly.” Princess who is currently 8 months pregnant with their second child then shared a post to her IG Story. She quipped:

“Yes, I can fly home…I have my own money. But my car is here and I don’t want to drive back alone with my daughter because I’m over 8 months pregnant and I don’t even want to have to stop for gas or go into labor with all of this human trafficking going on…”

After seeing his beloved wife had called him out for leaving her, Ray J promptly blocked Princess on IG and has since removed all trace of her from his page. Upon recognizing that she’d been cut off, Princess posted a screenshot and said “Somebody tell Scooty boy he’s only hurting himself. This is so funny to me.” A fan acknowledged how inappropriate Ray J’s response was and chimed, “My future husband would never.” Princess answered, “Mine either, sis.”

Do you think Ray J and Princess Love are just trying to boost ratings for L&HHH or is a divorce on the works?

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Ari Lennox, GoldLink Share Award Show Frustrations

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While some recipients of Soul Train awards are celebrating their Grammy nominations, others are reeling from being snubbed. Talented emerging rappers like Megan Thee Stallion and established songbirds like Solange were not among The Grammy’s 2020 hopefuls. The absence of groundbreaking ingénues and omission of experimental artists has left those spurned, and their fan bases, questioning the relevance of once esteemed honors.

After pouring her heart out at the disappointment of not receiving a coveted honor from the Soul Train Awards, Ari Lennox has hinted she could be quitting music altogether. Initially conveyed through a series of now-scrubbed tweets, the Shea Butter Baby songstress said “[Every time] I wrap my head around it I just can’t accept it.” Nominated for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year, and Best Collaboration Performance, Lennox walked away from the 32nd annual Soul Train Awards empty handed and broken hearted. But she’s vowed “what I will not do is ever be this depressed again.”

Her heart set upon claiming the award for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Ari says her disappointment goes beyond losing the trophy. “It’s not just an award. It wasn’t any award show,” she pined. “It was the soul train awards. As you can see I’m [a] big fan of soul music and a huge fan of soul train history.” Gutted by the lack of recognition, Ari’s response has fans clamoring for understanding. After all, it isn’t often that we see an artist publicly distraught over losing at a Black awards show, but that’s a topic for another day. Despite the critical reception of Shea Butter Baby, Ari says she anticipated the cold shoulder, just not at the Soul Train Awards. Now radio silent across all her social media accounts, it’s implied she could feel the same about the 2020 Grammy nominations. On this subject, GoldLink shares her rage.

Loudly decrying the illustrious award show, GoldLink took to Instagram with a long caption to distance himself from the ceremony. “Honestly, its f**k the Grammys til the day I die,” he started. “I am no longer participating in that wild ass slave ass political ass cheating ass game any longer.” Disappointed in the selection of nominees, GoldLink called out The Grammys for a “lack of relevance”. Believing they are too far removed from the pulse of the music industry, he attacked the nomination review committees for omitting international Black artists and undercutting the value of Black art. With absolutely no female rap nominees on the ticket this year and eclectic compilations like The Gift and When I Get Home miscategorized or ignored, it’s easy to share his sentiments. Demanding The Grammys evolves to recognize the full spectrum of Black artistry, GoldLink offered pointed criticism citing the impact such neglect would have on future generations. Saying “WTF do you think these kids learn when you tell them [their] Black art isn’t good enough? Or isn’t noticed at all?” GoldLink took aim at their dated practices. He added “I’ve just gotten to a point after three years of being silent on this topic, that my value is much beyond what closed door establishments have been giving us.” Alluding to Ari’s snub, he chimed “Even how our peers are voting against us. I cannot partake.”

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T.I. and Tiny to Appear on Red Table Talk

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According to an ET exclusive, Jada Pinkett Smith has made space for T.I. to address his recent controversy regarding the invasive lengths of his parenting. But does T.I. truly need another platform to spew his willful ignorance?

After catching heat for comments made during a now-removed episode of Ladies Like Us, T.I. is on a redemption tour. Hoping to regain some favor with the public, he is appearing on Red Table Talk alone and alongside his wife, Tiny. Set to air next week, many are expecting the episode to feature an explanation for his poor judgment but more are wondering if it is truly necessary. With the damage already done and fallout ensuing, what more can T.I. add to the conversation that will not further exploit his daughter? And why was Deyjah not extended an invitation to express herself instead?

As someone who grew up in an oppressively protective household, I identify with Deyjah’s struggle. It is difficult to grow up in a space where you do not have agency over your own body or the license to explore your sexuality. Coming of age within the strict confines of what can only be described as the training grounds for a ‘Proverbs 31 woman’ is something few aspire to endure, Deyjah Harris included. After being embarrassed by T.I. and unsupported by Tiny, Deyjah has taken steps to separate herself from her family or, at the very least, protect her peace. Deyjah’s unfollowing of the immediate members of The Harris fold on social media and liking the posts of understanding strangers has stood out as her signs of rebellion. Still, she has yet to publicly articulate the extent of her trauma which is her right. However, it is my personal opinion that until she is given and accepts the opportunity to publicly condone the wrongs against her, all other persons, namely T.I., should kindly shut up.

While there is no way to confirm whether Jada offered Deyjah an opportunity to begin or continue her healing at the Red Table, to extend an invitation to her abuser is tacky. T.I. has proven time and again that he is a hardened misogynist. He views his wife, her body, and her sexuality as possessions to be exploited and has groomed his daughter for the same abusive treatment through unwarranted gynecological visits. Even during his Red Table Talk episode T.I. will exploit his wife’s pain by rehashing “how they survived, in regards to their marriage.” The man simply does not need another soap box, pulpit, microphone, or stage to amplify his narrow-minded musings. Regardless of the satisfaction we might find in an educational public dogpiling, it should not come by the complicity of another woman or at a woman’s expense.

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