Friday, May 23, 2014

Yasiin Bey: Banned in the U.S.A

Love this brotha/comrade Yasiin Bey a.k.a Mos Def. Not only because he is a true artist, but an artist who uses his platform to bring knowledge about the powers that be. Everyone is a little confused how someone who is a native new yorker can practically be banned as a citizen from their birth country? Could it be the powers that be (and right now that would be the Obama Administration) see the comrade as a "threat"?

We're hoping Mr. Bey speaks soon and tell us what the hell is going on. Folks are worried about ya Bruh.


The “Mathematics” rapper, who has been living in South Africa for the past year, has been barred by “immigration/legal issues,” according to a statement on the Boston Together Music Festival site flagged by London’s The Guardian.

It’s not immediately clear what the issues keeping out the Brooklyn-born Bey, 40. But in recent years he has been increasingly critical of U.S. policies.

Last July, Bey teamed with the human rights group Reprieve to reenact a force-feeding such as the ones endured by hunger strikes jailed in Guantanamo Bay.

n the graphic video, Bey can be seen begging his team to stop the demonstration and breaking down in tears.

Bey told Rolling Stone Magazine in March that he had found a peace in South Africa that he couldn’t find in the country he once called home.

“I lived in Brooklyn 33 years of my life. I thought I’d be buried in that place,” he told the magazine. “Around seven years ago, I was like, you know, ‘I gotta go, I gotta leave.’ It’s very hard to leave. And I lived in a lot of places. Central America. North America. Europe for a while.
Actor and rapper Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def attempts a force-feeding procedure used on prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

“And I came to Cape Town in 2009, and it just hit me. I was like, ‘Yeah.’ I know when a good vibe gets to you. And, you know, I thought about this place every day from when I left. I was like, ‘I’m comin’ back."

Check out one of our favorite videos of Mos Def at the time getting arrested at the MTV video music awards, shutting down the streets to get the word out about "Hurricane Katrina"...I always chuckle at this video because the police roll up and shut it down, surprising the Comrade. Apparently he didn't have a license to do this! Hahaha..

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