Erykah Badu Fundraising Concert
Posted by Susan on 20-09-2016


Erykah Badu Turns Music Supervisor for Comedy Central's 'Legends of Chamberlain Heights'
CommentPosted by Susan on 16-09-2016

The ever-busy Erykah Badu unveils her latest creative venture—music supervisor—when Comedy Central premieres its new urban animated series, Legends of Chamberlain Heights, on Wednesday  (Sept. 14, 10:30 p.m. ET/PT).
 
Legends of Chamberlain Heights centers on friends Jamal, Grover and Milk: three high school freshmen who spend more time warming the team’s basketball bench than actually playing. Their laugh-out-loud exploits as they seek to become legends on and off the court are fodder for rowdy and ribald comedy that also integrates biting socio-political commentary.
 
“it’s my kind of humor,” says Badu with a laugh. “Morbid and silly but progressive and political at the same time.”
 
Badu, who will also guest as the voice of a radio DJ during the 10-episode season, is composing and producing Legends’ original music with her production partner Carl Jones, also a writer on the new series. As animation fans are well aware, Jones wrote and directed episodes for Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite (in which Badu also made a guest appearance) and worked on The Boondocks before that.
 
“I want to keep the music urban and sophisticated at the same time, while also keeping it melodic and definitely atmospheric,” explains Badu. “The music should be a big part but not overshadow the dialogue. Sometimes I hit it right on the nail; sometimes they hate it and it’s back to the drawing board. But it’s a pleasure being involved in an ensemble because what I do is so solo. Many more things are created from collaboration.”
 
In fact, Badu is already inked to do season two of Legends of Chamberlain Heights. She’s also returning this year as a producer on BET’s Soul Train Awards, writing show content and live comedy sketches. The singer-songwriter-producer, who says she’s also finished penning the concept for a new video coming soon, recently earned her 10th top 10 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart with “Phone Down.” The track is featured on her 2015 mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. 
 
View the Legends of Chamberlain Heights trailer here:

 


Erykah Badu Scores Her 10th Top 10 on Adult R&B Songs Chart
CommentPosted by Susan on 27-08-2016

billboard.com: Erykah Badu earns her 10th top 10 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart with “Phone Down” (chart dated Sept. 3). It rises 11-10 with a 6 percent lift in plays at the format in the week ending Aug. 21, according to Nielsen Music. Read more.


Eaux Claires Music Festival - August 13, 2016
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Tower Theater Philadelphia - August 4, 2016
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Erykah Badu raises $50K from Detroit concert for testing abandoned rape kits
CommentPosted by Susan on 20-08-2016

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.


Erykah Badu to raise money for Enough SAID Project
CommentPosted by Susan on 05-08-2016

detroitnews.comAs 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.


2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards
CommentPosted by Susan on 28-07-2016

Erykah performs during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

   


Listen to Nas and Erykah Badu's New Song "This Bitter Land"
CommentPosted by Susan on 27-07-2016

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.


Erykah Will Donate Upcoming Concert Funds to Aid Detroit Rape-Kit Project
CommentPosted by Susan on 11-07-2016

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.


Erykah X RTH Shop
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BET Awards Pay Tribute to Prince With The Roots, Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, Erykah Badu
CommentPosted by Susan on 27-06-2016

   

Erykah performed “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” during a tribute to Prince at the BET Awards.

 

 

 

 

 


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