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On Feb. 3, it was reported that 21 Savage had been arrested in Atlanta, along with his cousin and fellow rapper Young Nudy, and taken into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. ICE alleges that the father of three, who grew up in Atlanta, is a national of the United Kingdom. The agency claims his visa expired in July 2006, when he was 14 years old. According to ICE, Young Nudy “was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and participation in criminal gang activity,” as part of an operation targeting him and two other men, but not 21.
ICE was founded in 2003, with the purpose of “smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating the illegal movement of people and trade.” The agency, along with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has faced heavy scrutiny over the last few months for its role in President Trump’s “family separation policy” at the U.S./Mexico border, which has resulted in the separation of at least 2,737 children from their parents, as well as the deaths of multiple children and adults in ICE detention centers. There is currently a backlog of 800,000 cases piled up in U.S. immigration courts.
The news of 21 Savage’s arrest has come as a shock to fans, most of whom were not aware that he was an immigrant. We’ve spoken with immigration attorneys about how this could have happened, and what the implications are for 21 Savage and other undocumented immigrants.
On Feb. 4, attorney Charles H. Kuck, who represents 21, released a statement revealing that the 26-year-old rapper’s family “overstayed their work visas, and he was left without legal status through no fault of his own.” Kuck also says that 21 currently has a pending application from 2017 for a U visa—a nonimmigrant visa for victims of crimes (and their immediate family members) who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse while in the United States, and agree to cooperate with government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. According to TMZ, 21 Savage was shot during a 2013 incident where his best friend was murdered, an event that Kuck says “severely affected” him, both physically and mentally. Being a victim of this crime could potentially put 21 Savage in a position for permanent residence.
Fans of Ariana Grande may have to wait until February 8 for her newest album to drop, but thanks to Nyle DiMarco we’ve officially received an epic — and jewel-studded — take on Ari’s latest single “7 Rings.” Just days after releasing the neon pink–hued video, the America’s Next Top Modelwinner unveiled his own video version of the track, complete with American Sign Language.
Nyle, who has remained outspoken about providing closed-captioning in both movies and music, released his remake (which was directed by Jake Wilson) on Monday. He wrote on Twitter, “@arianagrande dropped 7rings with captions, we dropped in SIGN LANGUAGE.”
The release of Nyle’s video comes after the model had previously asked for VEVO and Ariana to provide captions on the singer’s “thank u, next” video. At the time, he explained the reasoning for his request, writing, “You earn more than 650 mill per year and can’t even add captions to @ArianaGrande’s #ThankUNextVideo. There ARE closed caption services that will cost you ONLY $6 (or less) to INSTANTLY appeal to a wider audience There are 466mill people with hearing loss thank u, next.” The “7 Rings” video was subsequently released with captions available. In addition to making Ariana’s music even more accessible to people who are deaf, Nyle’s signed music video has also earned the seal of approval from Ariana herself. The singer responded to the release on January 28, tweeting, “beyond 🖤 love this so much.” And while Nyle’s version of the video is abbreviated, it does include plenty of references to the original, including one scene that has the model posing on countertops à la Ari.
Along with earning the support of Ariana, fans on social media also shared their appreciation for Nyle’s video. “As a member of the deaf community, I STAN,” one follower tweeted. Another follower then shared their excitement, writing, “Wow Nyleeeeee finally something on trend I can share with my mom!! This made me so happy you’re such a firecracker. You did that!!!!” And with a new Ariana album just around the corner, we’re hoping that maybe these two can collaborate on something in the future.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
- “A Star Is Born”
- “Black Panther”
- “Bohemian Rhapsody”
- “Crazy Rich Asians”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”
- Glenn Close, “The Wife”
- Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
- Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
- Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Christian Bale, “Vice”
- Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
- Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
- Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
- John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
- Amy Adams, “Vice”
- Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”
- Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”
- Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
- Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
- Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
- Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”
- Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
- Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
- Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
- “The Americans”
- “Better Call Saul”
- “The Handmaid’s Tale”
- “This Is Us”
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
- “The Kominsky Method”
- “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
- Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”
- Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”
- Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”
- Penelope Cruz, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”
- Emma Stone, “Maniac”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
- Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”
- Darren Criss, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”
- Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”
- Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”
- Bill Pullman, “The Sinner”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
- Julia Garner, “Ozark”
- Laura Linney, “Ozark”
- Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
- Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
- Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
- Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
- Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
- Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
- John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
- Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
- Alison Brie, “GLOW”
- Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
- Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
- Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
- Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
- Bill Hader, “Barry”
- Henry Winkler, “Barry”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
- “Ant-Man and the Wasp”
- “Avengers: Infinity War”
- “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
- “Black Panther”
- “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama
- “Marvel’s: Daredevil”
- “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
- “The Walking Dead”
The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air Feb. 24 on ABC.
The Academy unveiled its 2019 Oscar nominations early Tuesday morning, with The Favourite and Roma leading all films with 10 nods apiece. Both movies are nominated for best picture for the 91st Oscars alongside BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, A Star Is Born and Vice.
A Star Is Born and Vice also were dominant in the 2019 Oscar nominations, earning eight apiece, followed by Black Panther with seven, BlacKkKlansman with six and Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book with five each. Meanwhile, in the directing category, Spike Lee earned his first-ever best directing Oscar nom for BlacKkKlansman, while A Star Is Born director Bradley Cooper was among the snubs, though he did earn a best acting nomination. Lee will vie with Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), Adam McKay (Vice) and Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War) for the honor of best director at the 2019 Oscars.
The Oscar nominations announcement took place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, with Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross hosting. The 91st annual Academy Awards will be presented once again at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. The show will air live Sunday, Feb. 24, on ABC.
A full list of nominees follows. Keep up with all the latest news and analysis leading up to the 91st annual Academy Awards here.
Black Panther (Kevin Feige, Producer)
BlacKkKlansman (Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Graham King, Producer)
The Favourite (Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers)
Green Book (Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers)
Roma (Gabriela Rodriguez and Alfonso Cuaron, Producers)
A Star Is Born (Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers)
Vice (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers)