blogs.dallasobserver.com: From Oak Cliff to just over the Oklahoma border to WinStar World Casino it's just about 80 miles, roughly 90 minutes if you get lucky and there's no traffic. From Dallas proper it's an hour and from Denton it's just a shade over a half hour. This explains why more then 3,100 people made it to the casino's event center to watch Dallas born and internet and critical darling Erykah Badu perform last Saturday night.
It's been 17 years since Badu set the music world on fire with Baduizm, 14 since she was the only thing worth a damn in Blues Brothers 2000, 10 since she was in Dave Chappelle's Block Party, and just 16 days since she hijacked a new broadcast in New York and went viral. In short she's had a hell of a career, the type of career that raises you to legend status, the type of status that leads you to being able to take over a 3,500 capacity venue at a casino and have no issue almost selling it out.Read more.
Essence.com: The crowd at the ESSENCE Festival got a huge surprise on Sunday when Dave Chappelle took the main stage to introduce Erykah Badu's performance at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on the last night of the festival's 20th year.
Fresh off a week of sold-out comeback shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Chappelle came out to raucaus applause from the 45,000-plus audience.
"Last week, I did what they called my big comeback show. Sixty-thousand tickets in New York City. It was a remarkable achievement, but it was achieved with the help of my friends. So tonight I'm here to honor one of my dearest friends in all of show business."
After posing for photographers in the pit, the comedian praised Badu's work ethic and talent as he recalled going on tour with her for two weeks. "Every night was exceptional," he said.
"I don't use the word love loosely, but I truly do love this woman. I love her work. I love her spirit, and I'm here tonight just to share that love with you."
The comedian's Radio City run was so popular it had to be extended twice.
NEW YORK — How many nights could Dave Chappelle have sold out Radio City Music Hall? In his first big-theater New York gig since his much-analyzed exit from The Chappelle Show in 2005, tickets for the first five nights went so quickly he added four more, this time with a different musical star sharing each bill; a tenth solo evening was tacked on much later, and it, too, quickly hit capacity.
Those who worried the addition of top-shelf musical acts would shortchange the comedy, with Chappelle acting less like the star than an emcee, needn't have: Fans got almost an hour of material before intermission, whereupon tonight's guest Erykah Badu played a more-than-full set.
clutchmagonline.com: We all know Erykah Badu is a playful soul, but a reporter got a little more than he bargained for during a recent broadcast about another celebrity behaving badly.
In the middle of his report on actor Shia Labeouf, Pix 11’s Mario Diaz had to fend off an overzealous heckler—Erykah Badu. While reporters are often interrupted by pranksters and those looking to get on TV, I’m not sure a celebrity has ever gotten in on the joke.
In a Vine clip titled “Crazy woman attacks reporter” posted by a user named Ivory Coast, Badu is seen smiling, making hand gestures, and walking through the shot behind Diaz. If that wasn’t comical enough, the singer then tries to kiss Diaz while he’s on-air. The reporter brushes her off, but not before hilarious encounter is caught on tape.
complex.com: Spike Lee celebrated the 25 year anniversary of Do The Right Thing with a block party that took place in Bed Stuy, where the movie was filmed. Several celebrities made surprise appearances at the event, including Yasiin Bey, Erykah Badu, and Public Enemy. Public Enemy performed "Fight The Power," while Bey chose to freestyle on the spot. Badu did not perform, but she did show up on stage and signed some autographs. Dave Chappelle and Wesley Snipes were also in attendance at the block party, while Barack and Michelle Obama delivered a video message. Apparently, the First Couple watched Do The Right Thing on their first date.