Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, isn’t welcome in America anymore. Sorry, Mos, you can’t come back. You spoke a little too much truth.
The Brooklyn-born hip-hop artist/ actor, who has been living in South Africa for the past year, has ‘immigration/legal issues’ that forced promoters to cancel his entire tour due to “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 exactly those issues are that are baring 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. Watch the graphic video in which Bey broke down into tears if you want, but be warned, it’s not fun or pretty.
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. “For a guy like me, who had five or six generations not just in America but in one town in America, to leave America, things gotta be not so good with America.”
Of course, Bey hasn’t abandoned Hollywood. The underrated actor has appeared in several big name flicks, perhaps most notably, 2005’s cult classic “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy”. The artist formerly known as Mos Def spoke eloquently about the importance of always knowing where your towel is in our infinitely expansive universe. Bey also will appear in the upcoming, “Life of Crime,” a prequel of sorts to “Jackie Brown.”[Read more here.](http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/yaslin-bey-aka-mos-def-barred-entering-u-s-tour-report-article-1.1801864)