Rapper 21 Savage Arrested By ICE, Facing Deportation
Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, better known as 21 Savage, has been placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.
21 Savage, the 26-year-old rapper, who has been a staple on the Atlanta rap scene for over a decade, was detained by ICE agents in a "targeted operation" this past Sunday.
He was born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph in the United Kingdom and entered the United States legally in July 2005. His visa expired one year later. Most of the artist's fans didn't know the rapper wasn't born outside of the states as he reps some of Atlanta's neighborhoods.
The targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners happened early Sunday in metro Atlanta," according to ICE spokesman Brian Cox. "Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody, as he is unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon."
In 2014, Savage was convicted of felony drug charges in Fulton County, Georgia.
The rapper's attorney, Dina LaPolt, said: "We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in the country — especially in Atlanta, Georgia — and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy."
In August, he gave free school supplies to more than 2,500 DeKalb County school students.
The rapper has released two albums prior. For 2019, 21 Savage is nominated for two Grammy Awards — one for Record of the Year and the other for Best Rap Performance.
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The sportscaster allegedly took down the word "plantation" from the sign at the private community where he lives.
Hundreds of immigrants were required to show up to court Thursday or risk being deported, only there was no hearing actually scheduled.
In four states — Illinois, Florida, Texas, Virginia—attorneys reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent their clients, who are accused of being in the country illegally, an official Notice to Appear (NTA) in court on Jan. 31. Hundreds showed up, only to learn it was a fake court date.
"We are all aware that international students can be a valuable asset to our country, but as this case shows, the well-intended international student visa program can also be exploited and abused," U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Mike Schneider said in a statement.
The University of Farmington, through its well-curated social media accounts and website, lauded itself as "a nationally accredited business and STEM institution located in Metro Detroit."
However, the "university" was a phony cover ran by The Department of Homeland Security and the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an effort to target undocumented immigrants trying to remain in the United States by way of obtaining student visas.
James was Spencer's sponsor, ensuring she would receive pay equal to her male counterparts for a biopic about Madam C.J. Walker.
In business settings, a sponsor will actively advocate for you by using their influence and networks to help you earn raises and promotions and garner success. According to Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was her sponsor in pay negotiations with Netflix.
"I still believe that justice will be served," said Smollett as police have new leads in the case.
UPDATE: Feb. 1, 2019
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has released his first public comments about the incident:
"Let me start by saying that I'm O.K.," Smollett said in a statement released on Friday. "My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words."
"I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served."
The FBI and Chicago PD are investigating have new leads.
Chicago police said an envelope with white powder and a threatening letter with magazine cut outs pasted on paper was received at Cinespace Studios, where "Empire" is filmed, on Jan. 22.
HAZMAT responded, but the white substance turned out to be aspirin.
Police have released photos of two individuals wanted for questioning.
Video of Smollett walking into a hotel after the attack with a noose around his neck, along with the noose and his sweater have also been acquired to help try to identify more clues to find the attackers.
Smollett said he was on the phone with his manager when the attack happened.
His family's statement said this was a "violent and unprovoked attack," and "a racial and homophobic hate crime."
A witness, who requested anonymity, described a "creepy" white man outside the building with a clothesline hanging from his pants, staring at another man near another entrance about 300 hundred feet away.
She told TMZ, "He looked out of place." He had scruff on his face, wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short. He had "thick, grey hunting socks" with camel-colored dress shoes.
She talked to detectives when she found out there was an attack.
"Empire" star, Jussie Smollett, was brutally attacked and hospitalized early Tuesday morning.
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"Black Panther" wins SAG award and Boseman keeps it all in perspective in a speech that has gone viral.
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