eonline.com: The 2016 Soul Train Awards are just around the corner, and we have some excited news ahead of the big night!
E! News can exclusively reveal Erykah Badu will host the show once again, bringing her unique sense of style, her moving music and her comedic commentary to the stage as she helps to honor those in R&B and Soul music.
She will be joined by Edward Theodore "Teddy" Riley who is set to receive the night's highest honor, the Legend Award, as well as Brandy, who will be honored with the 2nd annual Lady of Soul Award. Both Brandy and Riley are being recognized for their "longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present," a statement about the awards show reads.
ntdaily.com:DJ Low Down Loretta Brown, otherwise known as Erykah Badu, performed at Oaktopia Saturday on the UNT Stage. Badu not only acquired a large crowd at her show, but also brought something unique to Oaktopia.
Badu, who was born in Dallas, goes by several names, such as Analog Girl in a Digital World, Annie and Medulla Oblongata.
Her journey into stardom started in 1994, when she opened for D’Angelo in her hometown. Soon after, she signed for a record deal and her debut album, “Baduizm,” was born. Badu is considered by many to be the mother of neo-soul.
Badu has many classics in her repertoire that fans were happy to sing and dance along to at Oaktopia. Titles such as “Window Seat,” “Tyrone,” “Didn’t Cha Know” and “Appletree” are always crowd-pleasers.
No matter where you go, someone is sure to be familiar with Badu’s music. Many in previous generations, as well as millennials, grew up listening to her albums.
“I’ve known Erykah for more than 20 years,”DJ Big Texas said. “I’ve been working with her most of her career, since about 1997. We definitely enjoyed the show, the crowd was into what she was doing.”
Badu dressed comfortably, but her style was not lacking. She arrived with her bodyguard and ready to mix in baggy sweat pants, a light jacket and traditional Japanese wooden shoes. Her hair, styled into micro braids, fell all the way to her lower back. Around her neck, she wore several chains, one of which was a large clear quartz crystal with a small Ankh attached.
Once she took the stage, her DJ face was on and she was ready to perform. All of the music she played were her own original mixes. Much of the music that she mixed with, however, were old school jams including Biggie Smalls, Marvin Gaye and A Tribe Called Quest. Read more.
staradvertiser.com: The ninth-annual Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival returns to the Hawaii State Art Museum as a ticketed event on Oct. 29, with Erykah Badu as its headliner.
Badu, performing as DJ Low Down Loretta Brown, will headline the Hallowbaloo Street Festival, taking place on the grounds of the HiSAM and on surrounding streets. (...)
Club Hallowbaloo is expanding to include Nashville Waikiki at the Aloha Tower Marketplace, along with multiple Chinatown venues, with complimentary trolley service connecting each area.
In addition to Badu, Hallowbaloo 2016 features national artists Iyeoka, Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola, D Sharp (resident DJ of the Golden State Warriors), and local artists including Samadhi Hawaii and Quadraphonix.
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:
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.