Yasiin Bey

Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, was born and raised in Brooklyn. He’s lived in these United States for most of his life. He had a cameo in Talladega Nights, which rivals Patton and Rio Bravo as the most American movie ever made. But Bey relocated to South Africa a short while ago, and now, it seems that immigration officials may be preventing him from entering the country. According to a statement from the Together Boston festival, which Bey was scheduled to play last week, “immigration/legal issues” have forced him to cancel the short U.S. tour he’d been planning. According to The Guardian, it’s not entirely clear that Bey has been denied entry to the country, but even with all that unsettled, it’s disturbing news.

Comments (3)
  1. It could be as simple and unexciting as his work visa not getting approved/deferred with a request for further information. There has been a rash of this happening in the last few months; it happened to Kevin Drew. The people in charge of examining these things have really tightened their belt and set some unreasonable standards if their case isn’t completely comprehensive.

    • Aaron Cunningham  |   Posted on May 23rd, 2014 0

      Except Kevin Drew is from Ontario, which isn’t America, while Yasiin is from Brooklyn, which (technically) is… So unless he renounced his citizenship, this would be more like Win Butler not being able to re-enter the country.

    • Read the history of the case. He denounced his citizenship, there for no VISA. He is no longer a citizen, what a dumb ass. All behind his idea of what America should be. News flash, next time read the rules before making a dumb ass decision like that, f-in clown.

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