Secure your wigs and get your best shout-singing voice ready because the 2018 Essence Festival is coming with a star-riddled talent lineup.
I’m not sure if anything will top the “Hitler had some talent, tho” hill that some of y’all’s friends and cousins are choosing to die on this week. And I say this as someone who has chosen some extremely peculiar hills—including the “Pancakes are better than waffles” hill, the “New Kanye’s music is better than the old…
“I don’t care if the whole group says something; I’m going to be honest. I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes,” Erykah Badu said during an interview with Vulture that left me wondering if years of breathing in incense fumes could cause brain damage, because these opinions of hers are problematic, to…
Erykah Badu’s new year certainly started off on an interesting note after she was pulled over by cops in Dallas for no reason other than that the officers wanted to “say hi.”
The year 2017 was a good year for black hair. Solange did the absolute most, impressing us with African-inspired avant-garde hairstyles. Then there was Erykah Badu—aka “Sara Bellum,” aka “Fat Belly Bella,” aka “Medulla Oblongata,” aka “Low Down Loretta Brown,” aka “Analogue Girl in a Digital World”—who pushed all the…
We have all gone to extremes or acted a fool for “the D” before. Don’t bother denying it. Somewhere in your past, or maybe even in your present, there has been a D you just couldn’t get enough of. One you would be willing to do anything for. Don’t bother lying in the comments, and don’t @ me on Twitter.
Exactly 20 years ago, on Feb. 11, 1997, singer Erykah Badu released Baduizm, an album the world didn’t know it needed. The R&B landscape at the time, full of pixie cuts and power ballads, emphasized polish, with divas like Whitney and Mariah, and R&B princesses like Brandy and Monica. In floats the ethereal Miss…
Upon my receipt of an email containing an invitation to a soul vegan dinner hosted by Erykah Badu that required the donning of a kimono, an immediate response came to mind: Of course Badu wants me to eat vegan food dressed like Kinu from A Different World.
President Barack Obama signed the Survivors Bill of Rights Act into law Friday, after it was passed by Congress on Wednesday night. The Senate passed the bill in May.
Despite going to graduate school in the discipline, my greatest education in philosophy happened at the barbershop.
(Some suggestions for next month's tribute from a concerned fan who really wants to see BET pull this off)
Who is Erykah Badu?
My childhood before the age of 10 had some big milestones. I moved to the US and learned English. I adopted Harlem as my hometown. I got my first self-purchased cassette—Sisqo’s underrated but absolutely flames Unleash the Dragon.
Even before it was given an actual title, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl has long been one of the most popular — and most critically debated — stock film characters. Originally coined by Nathan Rabin, it's defined as "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive…
It was Saturday afternoon, and 90 degrees at the Roots Picnic in Philly. (For the record, "90 degrees in Philly" = "126 degrees wherever the hell else you're from") It felt like seeing your favorite cousins and being grown at the family reunion when all of the “fun” aunts and uncles started having a few drinks. I…
(An email we received last week)
25. Everyone in Raekwon's "Ice Cream" video
The majority of the people reading this were either in high school or college when Love Jones/Def Poetry Jam fever hit the Bougie Black nation, turning everyone into some awkward combination of Saul Williams and Miss Cleo.