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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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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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