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.
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.
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