Free On Bond, 21 Savage Launches Expanded Financial Literacy Program
It's been a whirlwind month for Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage.
The 26-year-old (real name She'Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) was arrested by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Super Bowl weekend for allegedly overstaying a visa from the United Kingdom when he was a teenager. He was held for nine days before being released on $100,000 bond. On Thursday, TMZ reported a district attorney in south Georgia dropped a felony case against the rapper for allegedly taking money for a show and never performing.
And this week, the Grammy-nominated artist announced the expansion of a financial literacy partnership with two nonprofit groups, Get Schooled and Juma, called the "21 Savage Bank Account" program.
According to a press release, the program has a nationwide digital curriculum for students, plus will select 150 students in Atlanta to take part in a jobs program through Juma's Atlanta site. The students will receive training and work concessions at SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and each receive a $100 bank deposit from 21 Savage.
“While my No. 1 song was called 'Bank Account,' growing up, I knew almost nothing about bank accounts,” 21 Savage said in the release. “As I have gotten smarter about financial management, I realize how empowering it is to control your money rather than be controlled by it. I want to help kids with a background similar to mine to get smart about their money.”
He will also serve as a mentor to some of these students via monthly checkins. Last year, a smaller version of the program gave out 21 $1,000 grants.
21 Savage is trying to secure legal residency while out on bond.
Attorneys say he has a pending U Visa application, which is a nonimmigrant visa for “victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity,” according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.