Reports are spreading that activist-rapper Yasiin Bey, widely known as Mos Def, has been denied re-entry into the United States. Bey was scheduled to appear May 15 in Boston at a concert but it has been reported by the show organizers that a statement was released noting he would be unable to perform and the remainder of his American music tour is now canceled.
Looks like Yasiin Bey, better known as, Brooklyn lyricist Mos def, is having some difficulties coming home. Bey has been forced to cancel his U.S. tour along with his performance in the Together Boston Music Festival due to “immigration/legal issues”.
Together Boston released this statement on their official website, accompanied by a sad face to conclude the message:
“We regret to inform you that due to immigration / legal issues Yasiin Bey is unable to enter back into the United States and his upcoming U.S. tour has been canceled, including May 15th, Together Boston’s show at The Wilbur Theatre. Individual ticket refunds for this show are available at point of sale.”
In January, Bey was last reported in Africa working on the The Time Is Always Now campaign, a series of live-stream events inspired to honor famous boxer Muhammad Ali.
Yasiin Bey has been very vocal about the New World Order, global corporate cartels, perpetual warfare.
He is an avid supporter of ’9/11 Truth’, the euphemism for investigating the full disclosure of the September 11th attacks. He discussed his views on HBO’s Real Time w/ Bill Maher on the September 7, 2007 episode.
The song “Bin Laden” by Immortal Technique features Yasiin Bey on the chorus, in which both artists delivered a scathing critique of the fraudulent official 9/11 explanations.
As Bey’s celebrity status increased, he has made a point of speaking out on socially difficult and disruptive issues, most notably the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay as a result of the September 11th attacks.
In July 2013, Bey released a video depicting the force feeding procedure at Gitmo in response to the detainees continuing a hunger strike which gained worldwide attention to the controversial “treatments” to keep prisoners from harming themselves.
The procedure is gruesome, painful and largely seems like another form of torture, albeit “self-inflicted” as considered by the US government.
Extremely graphic footage featuring US actor and rapper Yasiin Bey, otherwise known as Mos Def, has revealed what the standard operating procedure for force-feeding Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers may look and feel like.
The Guantanamo Bay hunger strike reached 150 continuous days on July 5, with 45 of the 106 hunger strikers being force-fed. In an effort to raise awareness of the issue, Mos Def volunteered to undergo the painful procedure used on the detainees daily.
His experience was captured in a shocking four-minute film released by Reprieve Human Rights organization and directed by award-winning director Asif Kapadia.
Warning: Viewers may find the following video disturbing:
The clip first shows Mos Def dressed in a Gitmo-style uniform. He is being shackled and strapped into a chair with his hands and head tightly belted. One person acting as a prison doctor holds the rapper’s head, while another one forces a plastic tube down his nostril.
The element of theatricalism created by HD Cam close-ups and studio lightning vanishes as soon as Mos Def obviously reacts to the excruciating pain.
Mos Def coughs, groans, and twists as the tube rushing down his esophagus brings tears to his eyes. While his whole body bends in agony, another man hurries to the scene to hold him down. The tube is quickly removed.
A genuine expression of terror crosses Mos Def’s face when a doctor moves back to re-insert the tube. The rapper begs for the procedure to be stopped.
Three men start forcing the rapper back into the chair as he cries out and tries to resist. But they soon realize that Mos Def is not acting – he is in serious pain.
“I can’t do it,” Mos Def says before breaking into tears.
The viewers are then reminded that every such procedure in Guantanamo typically takes two hours to complete.
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Mos Def said after the experience.
“The first part of it is not that bad, but then you get this burning and it starts to be really unbearable, like something is going into my brain and it reaches the back of my throat,” he said, adding that he “really couldn’t take it.”
Since being posted to YouTube by Reprieve, the video has begun to go viral. Some 45,000 viewers have seen the footage so far, and a great deal of conversation is taking place online regarding the video and the broader “#Standfast” campaign.
The ongoing hunger strike – particularly the use of feeding tubes – has become a rallying point for those supporting the closure of the detention center, or at least the transfer and repatriation of the many prisoners who have been cleared for transit or outright release for years. RT has been following the hunger strike day-by-day.
Name changed to Yasiin Bey
Mos Def has been going by the name Yasiin Bey since August 2011, which he announced publicly at a show in Alaska.
Yasiin Bey explains the name change further in his song “Bey” as the “surname of the sovereign”, which refers to lost African heritage via European colonization, among other obfuscation. This is part of a lesser known movement kept out of the media which is referred to as the Moorish Divine National Movement. That movement, which has fallen victim to occasional manipulation and distortion, represents the lawful reclamation of national sovereignty lost among the destruction of African empires over the centuries. It is even confusingly misrepresented in ways here on Wikipedia and is conflated with the Nation of Islam, which it predates, the organization publicly associated with Louis Farrakhan.
The movement is mainly centered around the concept of divesting “blacks” in America from the meaningless misnomers which miscategorize them. The color term does not accurately reflect the historical context of nationality as it relates to sovereignty and the land areas of which true ethnicity is derived from as opposed to tracing lineage to slave ships and unknown areas of Africa.
Learn why the misnomer Negro, Black, Coloreds, Ethiopians, and Afro-African American are identities given in scorn
Seen below is the Moorish Science Temple of America, where the history of nationality began to re-organize in the 1920s.
For more context, a profile in The Awl covers some extra detail on Yasiin Bey’s life.
“Yasiin” is an Arabic word and Yasiin Bey is Muslim, arguably the most prominent pop-cultural Muslim figure since Muhammad Ali, a hero of Bey’s, who went through his own series of name changes when entering the Nation of Islam under the wings of Malcolm X in the mid-60s. Depending on your perspective, Bey is either a convert from his mother’s Christianity and the church that shapes his earliest memories of music, or he’s what’s often referred to as a “revert” to the Islam of his father, Abdul Rahman, or Abi. (“Umi” and “abi” are Arabic words that mean “mother” and “father,” respectively.)
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