Jessie Reyez Brings in 6lack for “Imported” Music Video

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Originally released in 2018, Toronto artist Jessie Reyez drops a new music video with an updated version of her song “Imported” with a feature from ATL singer-songwriter 6lack.

The flick contains images of identity crisis that balance with the lyrics of relationship with unrealistic standards. The updated version was released on Zane Lowe’s Beat 1 Radio Show on Tuesday.

You can view the music video below:

Reyez is also scheduled to perform a number of shows through out this Spring and Summer in support of her latest album soon to be released. You can follow her tour schedule below:

Jessie Reyez Tour Dates

April 27 – Sacramento, FL @ Sol Blume Festival
May 3 – College Park, MD @ University of Maryland
May 5 – Fresno, CA @ Grizzly Fest
May 31 – New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
June 2 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Ampitheatre w / Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
June 23 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
June 28 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
July 3 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Smash! Festival
August 2 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

You can follow Jessie Reyez on: Twitter // Facebook // Instagram //

21 Savage Released From ICE; Takes Private Jet Back to Atlanta

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21 Savage, government name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on Wednesday morning.

“After spending more than one week in detention, 21 Savage has been released on bond” attorney Charles Kuck said. 21 was arrested and detained by ICE in an operational sting targeting another Atlanta rapper, Young Nudy, on February 3rd. ICE claimed that 21 is a U.K. citizen who has overstayed his Visa for the past 13 years.

On the day of 21’s release, TMZ tweeted a picture of the rapper and his mother boarding a private jet near the detention center where 21 was held for approximately 9 days. Artists and activists alike have continued to condemn the way individuals are treated under ICE’s care.

Kuck has stated his client has a current pending U-Visa application with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services that has been filed since 2017.

21’s detention has raised awareness of the immoral and problematic circumstances a number of undocumented citizens/immigrants have gone through and still experience.

The website, Mic, released a video on Twitter showing unity with 21 and other undocumented immigrants facing deportation. The video is filled with a number of stars including J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, SZA, America Ferrera, Jesse Williams, and others.

At the end the video, viewers are asked to sign the #Free21Savage Petition.

 

 

Kelly Rowland to host 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

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Essence announced on Tuesday that Kelly Rowland will be the 2019 host for the 12th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards later this month.

The two-time Grammy award winner and six-time nominee said in a statement, “I’m so honored to host this year’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards and shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism.” According to Essence, Rowland can’t wait to join the celebration at one of the most anticipated Oscar-weekend events, saluting Black women in Hollywood.

During this years ceremony, Essence will be honoring Regina Hall (Black Monday), Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), and Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk). This years timely theme will be: The Power of Our Presence: Art & Activism.

Along with her role on Empire, Rowland will be starting off the year staring as Gladys Knight in BET’s new upcoming series, American Soul. The show is expected to give insight on the work done behind the scenes that went into creating the series, Soul Train.

The Awards ceremony will be held on February 21, 2019 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California.

You can watch Kelly Rowland’s American Soul Exclusive below:

21 Savage Arrested by ICE; Allegedly Overstaying his Visa

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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested and detained Grammy-nominated rapper, 21 Savage, government name Abraham-Joseph, early Sunday morning. The arrest took place during a targeted operation in Atlanta. The agency is claiming that 21 is actually a U.K. citizen who has overstayed his Visa for the past 13 years.

“We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings,” lawyer Dina LaPolt stated, “Abraham-Joseph is a role model to young people in the U.S., especially in Atlanta.”

According to the Associate Press, it turns out 21 entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 when he was 13, but has remained in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006, ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox said in an emailed statement.

It was learned from an ICE official that back when 21 was arrested in 2014 for felony drug charges, ICE was not yet aware of his immigration status and only learned later.

Reports from CBS News claimed that fellow Atlanta rapper Young Nudy, real name Quantavious Thomas, was the law enforcement’s original target for different reasons. Nudy was allegedly pulled over with 21 and two others in the car. Only after 21 was booked into the system did ICE take notice to his apparent U.K. roots.

It was later learned from DJ BJ, who works closely with both artists, that Nudy and 21 weren’t even in the same car, and platforms are stating that as fake news.

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In response to the arrests, many have taken to social media to show support and some even give their own takes on the incident.

 

While others have taken this as an opportunity to crack jokes about the arrest: