rollingout.com:Erykah Badu performed at Detroit’s Chene Park Amphitheater on Friday, Aug. 12. The show was nothing short of amazing, and she definitely left the crowd wanting more. But just as it appeared that she left her all on the stage, she was able to give a little more of herself when she mustered up the energy to conduct a post-concert press conference and VIP reception that highlighted her newly formed partnerships with the Detroit-based organization the Enough SAID Campaign and The Right Productions.
The Enough SAID Campaign, which stands for Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit, is an independent collaboration by the Michigan Women’s Foundation, the Wayne County Prosecutors Office and the Detroit Crime Commission that was formed to raise funds to test 11,341 unopened, untested and abandoned rape kits. These discarded rape kits were found in an abandoned Detroit Police Department storage unit over seven years ago, and some of the kits were left in storage for over 30 years. Detroit Prosecutor Kym Worthy discovered the egregious error and decided to do something about it, of which the Enough SAID campaign and the African American 490 Challenge (AA490) was born. (...)
Badu’s concert proved to be a major fundraiser for the Enough SAID organization and AA490, as they set out to raise a goal of $50K. The plan was to donate $5 from each concert ticket sold and also to donate proceeds from a pre-concert reception as well as a $1K per person VIP post-concert reception. Their goal was exceeded as the total donated proceeds amounted to $50,265, a huge win for everyone involved. Badu also pledged to donate proceeds from each of her remaining concerts until the overall goal of raising enough money to test each forgotten rape kit is reached.Read more.
detroitnews.com: As the president of the Right Productions, the entertainment production company that has operated Chene Park for nearly 20 years, Shahida Mausi-Johnson has enjoyed many memorable experiences with big name celebrities. But the moments that excite her most, she tells us, is when she can work with a celebrity for a good cause. The perfect case in point is the upcoming collaboration between the Right Productions Inc., and Grammy award-wining neo-soul singer/songwriter Erykah Badu, which will raise funds for the Enough SAID Project. The project supports the African American 490 Challenge, a campaign to raise money for processing untested rape kits. The event takes place on Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. at Chene Park. The Right Productions Inc. is donating $5 from the purchase of every ticket sold for the show. The fundraising effort is done in partnership with the Circle and the Michigan Women’s Foundation. The goal is to raise $50,000 toward the 490 Challenge’s goal of raising $657,090 by year’s end.
“We are honored to make Chene Park the site for great artistry supporting a great mission,” says Mausi-Johnson. “Erykah Badu is a true artist. She is a cultural icon. She answered the call, lending her voice to those who work to redress a wrong.”
In addition to a portion of the ticket cost for the Aug. 12 show going toward the campaign, there is a $100-per-person pre-concert reception (Badu will not attend) and a $1,000 per person VIP reception following the concert (Badu will attend) sponsored by UAW-Ford. Tickets purchased for both receptions are 100 percent tax deductible.
pitchfork.com: The Land is an independent film featuring Erykah Badu, Michael K. Williams ("The Wire," "Boardwalk Empire"), and Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly. It's directed by Steven Caple Jr. and executive produced by Nas, and premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Music Festival. Today, Nas and Badu have shared their collaboration for the film's soundtrack, which is out July 29 via Mass Appeal Records. It's called “This Bitter Land.” You can listen to the song below via Rolling Stone. The soundtrack will also feature French Montana’s collaboration with Nas and Kanye West, “Figure It Out,” as well as new tracks from Pusha T, Jeremih, and Nosaj Thing.
theroot.com: Funds from the singer’s upcoming concert will go to the African-American 490 Challenge, a partner of Enough SAID, the Michigan Women’s Foundation campaign to raise money to test more than 10,000 rape kits found abandoned in Detroit Police Department storage. Read more.
stereogum.com: Robert Glasper released the wonderful collection of reimagined Miles Davis tunes Everything’s Beautiful a little less than a month ago. It had a host of notable features from Bilal, Illa J, KING, Stevie Wonder, Hiatus Kaiyote, and many others. One of the standout tracks was the third single “Maiysha (So Long)” featuring Erykah Badu, and today a visual accompaniment has been unveiled.
Ms. Badulah Oblangata herself gives a great acting performance in a clip that registers more like a filmed musical than a traditional music video. The clip opens with an accented monologue from Badu, interrupted by Glasper and a couple of his players. Glasper and Badu argue backstage about the show they’re about to put on before giving a stunning retro performance of the song with a full band. After the song concludes the lights go out on the stage and the producer and singer continue to argue as she storms off stage. Badu is proving to be quite the versatile entertainer. Watch.