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21 Savage Speaks On Immigration In 'Billboard' Interview

On Feb. 3, news of 21 Savage being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shocked the world. He was held by the law enforcement agency for 10 days, without any clue as to when he would be released. Now, over a little more than two months since the ordeal, She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph is struggling to fit the shoes of an activist while holding onto the title of an artist.

In his latest interview with Billboard, with commentary from his legal team and manager, 21 opened up about his desire to prevent his privacy from clashing with his passion to help others. "I went from just being regular to my life being in the lens 24/7," he said. "That's the difficult part."

The 26-year-old is content with living behind the scenes, and not necessarily ready to fully disclose his detention but his manager and his fans hope differently.

"As his manager, I would love for him to speak in his lyrics about being detained," Justin "Meezy" Williams, who co-manages 21 with Kei Henderson, said. "I think eventually it will be in his music, because he's becoming such a big voice."

During and following his time with ICE, 21's entourage increased significantly. The Atlanta-raised rapper was flooded by support from A-list celebrities but he was also surrounded by love and reinforcement by individuals who are now part of his crew.

"I think [21 Savage's experience] is eye-opening for the music industry," said crisis manager Holly Bird, who, in addition to immigration lawyer Charles Kuck and associate at LaPolt Law Danielle Price, was brought onto the team by 21's lawyer Dina LaPolt.

21's support group includes a bevy of individuals ready to help the "a lot" rapper fight potential deportation, while also bringing awareness to the issues immigrants face in this country. Shining a light on the specific problems that afflict Black immigrants is also an area of interest.

"Much of how we are trained to think about immigration issues in this country is that it's a Latinx issue," said Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. "Black immigrants are more likely to be detained and deported than any other immigrant group solely because their blackness. We are living in a country where it becomes double whammy to be both black and undocumented."

With the help of his legal team and social justice and immigration activists from groups like the UndocuBlack Network and Black Alliance for Immigration, 21's future looks brighter with each coming day.

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Cardi B Awarded Crossover Artist Of The Year At 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards

2019 has been a pretty successful year for Cardi B. In February, Cardi won a Grammy Award for "Best Rap Album," and as of Thursday (April 26), the Bronx beauty was awarded Crossover Artist of the year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The 26-year-old beat out Demi Lovato, DJ Snake and Drake in the category. Cardi's been featured on some of the hottest Latin records that have ruled both 2018 and 2019. She has her hit song "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin, and she's featured in the tracks "Taki Taki" and "La Modelo" as well.

Cardi's win makes her the first female rapper to ever win a Billboard Latin Music Award. The MC took to her Instagram stories to thank the publication for the award, a move that comes after a recent squabble she had with gossip page "The Shade Room."

On Wednesday, in a series of now-deleted Instagram videos, Cardi slammed the gossip page for posts she felt harmed her husband Offset's image. In the video, Cardi called out TSR for allegedly only sharing negative news about her label mates at Quality Management, rather than uplifting them and the rest of the black community.

“Everybody that they know that I’m cool with, they always try to get them set up for people to talk sh*t,” she said. "Offset donated 25K to the Ellen foundation for the kids in Africa. Did The Shade Room post it? No… are they posting any positive sh*t and investment talk that he’s been talking about in his interviews? No. But they sure post the way he had drama with his baby mom. They sure posting about his court cases, right?"

Congrats to Cardi on her win.

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Jussie Smollett's Potentially Final 'Empire' Episode Draws Low Viewership

It hasn't been revealed whether Empire will return for a sixth season. However, if the show returns, there's no word on if Jussie Smollett will reprise his role as Jamal Lyon.

Regardless of the unknown, it looks like fans weren't all the way tuned-in to what may have very well have been Smollett's last episode on the show. Per Variety, Jamal's groundbreaking wedding episode garnered low ratings for the Fox series.

"The episode, in which Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon tied the knot in TV’s first-ever black, gay wedding, returned a 1.1 rating in the key 18-49 demo and 3.8 million total viewers," reports the site. "Those numbers are a tick up on the 1.07 rating of the previous two weeks, but are still down on the season 5 average, which currently sits at around 1.4."

Smollett's character was written out of the last two episodes of the fifth season, due to his highly-publicized arrest in February for allegedly filing a false police report claiming that he was attacked physically and verbally in Chicago. All 16 charges against him were dropped in March.

Recently, his Empire family penned a letter of support for their cast member, urging the show's producers to allow him to come back for the unannounced sixth season.

"[Smollett] is kind. He is compassionate," the letter says. "He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped."

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SWV Reacts To Female R&B Artists H.E.R, Teyana Taylor, And More

SWV recently sat down for BuzzFeed's "Cocoa Butter" video series to react to the new generation of female, R&B vocalists, and the veteran trio's facial expressions said it all.

The first singer the ladies reacted to was H.E.R. "I'm partial because I just love H.E.R. So she could sing dookie on a stick, and I'll still be like, oh she sounds nice," Tamara Johnson-George said.

"I wanna hear her do something different though," Coko chimed in, adding that she should experiment with more upbeat tempos.

Another notable reaction was given to Chloe x Halle. While the women agreed that the duo sounded a lot like their mentor, Beyonce, they felt that they hadn't heard any songs that "pop."

SWV didn't jump up and down for everyone, but they collectively loved Teyana Taylor. "She's going to be around for a minute," Leanne "Lelee" Lyons says.

The trio started to really dive in and dissect the artists when they moved on to Queen Naija. Although two-thirds of the group said they like Queen, Coko's facial expressions said something else. "You heard her sing live?" She askd. "I just like to hear them sing live because nowadays these girls sound like a computer."

SWV also reacted to Jhene Aiko, Kehlani, and Syd. See their reactions below.

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— Cocoa Butter (@cocoabutterbf) April 25, 2019

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