Okayplayer.com: There’s 2 kinds of directors in the New Hollywood. The kind that make black cowboy epics with Jamie Foxx. And the kind that make Black Cowboy Epics with Erykah Badu, Michael K. Williams, Rosario Dawson, Giancarlo Esposito and Isaiah Washington. That 2nd, far, far doper, kind of director is represented on planet Earth by only one man however: Jeymes Samuel–the Jay Elec-producing, Idris Elba-collaborating, guerilla James Bond theme-writing founder of The Bullitts. Today we get the official trailer for his lesson on how to make a Black Cowboy Epic correctly, They Die By Dawn. And here’s betting we’re gonna have some more big news (and maybe some music?) from this perfect storm of a flick quicker than you can say “Mama’s Gun.”
Watch the official trailer below. Here you can find captures and here movie stills.
Meandering, occasionally impenetrable... yet a masterpiece nonetheless.
By Daryl Easlea 2012-10-24
When Erykah Badu’s debut album, Baduizm, was released in 1997, with her headdress, Billie Holiday vocal inflections and her smart, spot-on reinterpretation of R&B, she became the high-profile female figurehead for neo-soul. When Mama’s Gun arrived three years later, it carried huge levels of expectation.
Follow-up albums are forever fascinating. Often, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If Badu had given the world another Baduizm, everyone would have accused her of simply standing still. Instead, she flew freely and deeply into alternative arenas and released a meandering, occasionally impenetrable masterpiece.Read more.
Singer says she's "always perfecting" her live show
by Mark Kemp
Erykah Badu talks a lot about life's perfect circles. She talks about the earth. She talks about wombs, about birth canals and about babies.
Sometimes, Badu talks about all this in between songs at her concerts, which are events, really. Badu's shows incorporate more than just her striking, iconic looks, sublime voice and the adventurous musicians who back her. She chats with her audiences, often using the language and symbolism of Nation of Islam theology or pan-African mythology to get at the essence of compositions like her first hit, "On & On," with its repeated line, "My cypher keeps moving like a rolling stone." Read more.
Erykah's going to perform with Rickey Smiley during the Love & Laughter Tour on October 19 and 20 in Charlotte, North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia. For more information visit the 'tour dates' section.
Plus, Erykah will be at the Reunion: Official SU Homecoming Experience. For tickets, please visit this link.
Erykah Badu is the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) International Spokesperson.
The International Center for Traditional Childbearing is an infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding promotion, midwife and doula training non-profit organization. The ICTC's mission is to increase the number of midwives, doulas and healers of color, to empower families in order to reduce infant and maternal mortality.
ICTC trains doulas nationally. To help reduce the health disparities, ICTC trains doulas nationally. Erykah Badu is a practicing doula and plans to be certified by the ICTC.
The 8th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference is October 19-21, 2012 in Miami, Florida. For more information and to become a member today, please visit: ictcmidwives.org.
Here you can watch the video of Erykah talking about ICTC.
Check out photos from the 2012 Naturally Isis World Natural Hair Parade and Festival, where Erykah was named Empress of Swag in a special presentation. The festival was formed "to usher in love, peace and unification all for the purpose of cultivating the labor of love for natural hair". Credit for photos goes to Alexandra Olivia and DemotixImages.
I've also added 2 more photos of Erykah from the 2012 Afro Punk Festival backstage. Credit goes to Stephanie Olga.