Erykah to perform on Derby Day during 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival (Nov 1)
Childish Gambino & Erykah backstage before the show
Erykah Badu 'hustles' for money on streets of Manhattan, makes $3.60
popcultureblog.dallasnews.com: Singing on the street isn’t easy. Or all that lucrative. So learned Dallas R&B singer Erykah Badu, who posted an amusing video of her half-hearted attempts to raise money by singing for passersby in Manhattan.
“I don’t want to get no real job,” she sings to no particular tune, that gorgeous voice resonating despite uninspired lyrics. “I don’t want to get no job, lady, I just want your money.” People walking by ignore her.
Badu finally makes some change at the video’s 5-minute mark, and by the end of the 7-minute, 20-second clip, she’s made $3.60 — enough for a sorbet, she says.
“If you’ve got some initiative, you can make money,” she says near the end of the video. “All you have to do is have some initiative, and a little talent.”
Badu has plenty of famous musician friends who could have joined her to earn buckets of money streetside. Clearly this wasn’t an attempt to make cash; the Baduizm and New Amerykah artist called the video a “street hustle experiment” on Facebook. Perhaps it’s another man-on-the-street moment for Badu, this one less, um, naked, than her 2010 “Window Seat” video.
“In no way is this video a reflection of my feelings about homeless or unfortunate families nor individuals who have no other means of survival in our world,” she writes about the recent video. It “serves as a personal ‘hustle’ experiment for me.”
Badu As She Wants to Be
Sartorial wild child Erykah Badu achieves style-icon status as a new face of Givenchy.
September 30, 2014 8:00 AM | by Rob Haskell
Photography by Graeme Mitchell
Styled by Samantha Traina
Though it may have flickered softly while this decade’s meretricious pop princesses paraded in their tinsel, Erykah Badu’s style—lushly nostalgic, glamorously weird—never wavered. Badu’s exalted ragtag of big coats, psychedelic dresses, and winged cuffs
has always matched the languorous tempo of her music, and no one (save, perhaps, Patti LaBelle or Isabella Blow) ever made so eloquent a case for headgear: towering wraps, Seussian hats, and wigs that might be visible from outer space.
This spring, Riccardo Tisci selected Badu for the Givenchy campaign. “Seeing myself on giant billboards in Paris—it was eye-opening,” Badu says. “I’ve never followed a lot of brand names.” But there she was, very Givenchy and yet, bejeweled and beturbaned, distinctly Badu. When Tisci and his muse arrived together at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute gala in New York in May, it was clear that the sui generis music icon had become a style star.
“I’ve always been more of a gypsy,” Badu protests over lunch in Hollywood. She is wearing wantonly torn overalls atop fishnet shorts, and several long, brilliantly colored feathers poke out of her head wrap, which in turn pokes out from under a top hat. “But Riccardo wanted to use models of color, and, as a black woman, I felt it was corporate reparations.”
The singer-songwriter calls her style “functional art.” She freights her necklaces with charms and talismans—a Mayan calendar, an eye of Horus, an Ethiopian cross—“items with some vibration or frequency that I need.” And her gaze alights on anything with a pattern. “I’m turned on by geometry. My major in college was theater, but my minor was physics.” She also learned a thing or two from her mother, a woman with what Badu calls “champagne taste and beer money,” who knew her way around a thrift store.
Badu grew up in Dallas, where she lives with her son, Seven, and daughters Puma and Mars. “I’m not onstage picking groupies. I’m picking babysitters,” she says, adding that her next album, which comes out in early 2015, will be highly autobiographical. “My musical goal is always to be naked.” It may come as no surprise to learn that Badu has other gifts, too. “People don’t realize that I’m a renaissance woman,” she clarifies. “I home-school my children. I’m a cook. I design all my hats. I’m my own manager. I write the songs and direct the band. I’m a DJ. I’m a doula. I’m a Reiki master.”
Though like any good Dallas girl she likes the occasional splurge at Neiman Marcus, one thing Badu hopes never to be called is a fashion plate. “Fashion is what’s in,” she says. “Style is what is.”
THE FUTURE PROJECT
Am I dreaming?
My first day at work with THE FUTURE PROJECT
As a DREAM DIRECTOR.
I was invited, as a guest speaker, to rap with the young people at
MALCOLM X SHABAZZ HIGH SCHOOL
in Newark New Jersey
this morning, by my brother Supanova Slom-
Who is a member of the FUTURE PROJECT.
I was brought to tears by the creative and motivational work the project is doing in schools across the country.
(Confetti, Music, Meditation and ART For the students AND the teachers. )
Thank you team Future!
(Devine and the crew)
I am proud to say
that I am one of the
FUTURE PROJECT's newest
I love being
On sight . Hands on.
Before I was a recording artist, my DREAM or choice occupation was teacher/ educator.
I left my students at the
SOUTH DALLAS CULTURAL CENTER in 1995 to pursue my
I am helping to bring this project to DALLAS TEXAS.
I never lost the desire to aid young people in finding the path to their dreams.
Spread the word,Fam .
Love and Light
Erykah & Riccardo Tisci in PAPERMAG - October 2014
ERYKAH BADU IS FASHION'S MOST IMPORTANT NONCONFORMIST
by Marissa G. Muller
Erykah Badu is one of those rare artists whose image and sound precede her name. Case in point: you can sense her vibrant bohemian aesthetic in Givenchy's radical Spring 2014 campaign even before hearing that she styled it or seeing the ads in which she costars. Since the release of her 1997 neo-soul debut, Baduizm, the South Dallas-bred chanteuse has not only crafted an unforgettable image; she's proven that she has both style and substance. Read more.
RICCARDO TISCI ON ERYKAH BADU: "SHE IS THE EXACT DEFINITION OF STYLE"
by Riccardo Tisci
The first time we met was at one of her concerts in New York a few years back. But the first time we actually connected was when she arrived to the set of the campaign. I was so nervous -- it is rare to spend time with one of your idols, and she is truly one of my ultimate ones. She was nothing short of what I had in mind. She arrived with the most outrageous hair (a solo braid long to the floor) and an amazing hat. She was the exact definition of style according to me. We clicked immediately. We hugged and talked for so long, about everything and anything. And we share so much more than aesthetics... I love her. Read more.
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14 FISH IN 15 min.
AN AQUARIUM OF FREAQS
Keep in mind I'm an artist ..
And I'm sensitive about my Sh.
I love creating.
This thing is my therapy.
I pulled out my trunk and started doin just that.
My kids are too old and set in their ways to still be my
Here are 14 Fish in 15 min.
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OutKast and Erykah Badu perform "Humble Mumble" together in Atlanta
consequenceofsound.net: OutKast returned to Atlanta this past weekend for a trio of memorable homecoming concerts. In addition to spirited sets from the reunited hip-hop duo, the shows featured a handful of special guests, including Childish Gambino, Killer Mike, Janelle Monáe, Future, and Raury, among others.
Sunday night’s finale was especially unique, as it was highlighted by an appearance from Erykah Badu. The R&B legend joined André 3000 and Big Boi on stage for a performance of Stankonia standout “Humble Mumble”. (In case you were wondering about the connection, Badu and André were previously involved and have a 17-year-old son together.)
Watch fan-shot footage below (via AllHipHop).
Erykah in Elle - October 2014
Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Erykah Badu & More Tapped For "God & Hip Hop" Concert
(AllHipHop News) The Builder’s Build Group and the Nation of Gods & Earths present the first annual the “God & Hip Hop Concert.” The showcase is part of the 3 day event known as The God & Hip Hop Weekend taking place October 3-5.
The NOGE, aka the 5% Nation, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In honor of that milestone, the Gods are focusing on offering the word life to counter the death they now see being promoted in Hip Hop music.
Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Brand Nubian, and more will bless the mic at NYC’s Apollo Theater for the God & Hip Hop Concert. Erykah Badu will serve as co-host for the evening. DJ Kay Slay will be on hand as well.
Besides the star-studded concert, the God & Hip Hop Weekend will also feature panel discussions, a town hall meeting, new artist showcase, a family day, and VIP Power 50 dinner.