While Erykah Badu may not require any help to develop her signature envelope-pushing aesthetic, the announcement today that she’ll be styling Pyer Moss’s Fall 2016 collection is proof she’s certainly open to lending her eye to others.
The former Givenchy campaign star is throwing her towering hat into the styling ring this New York Fashion Week, teaming up with the brand’s designer, Kerby Jean-Raymond, for the February 13 show. On the heels of last season’s outing, it’s poised to be a perfect collision of fashion, music, and politics. Read more.
hollywoodlife.com: The Land is about four inner city kids in Cleveland who develop a passion for skateboarding, but get involved with dealing drugs to support their sport, as well as escape from their troubled lives at home. Director Steven Caple explained that he got the idea for the film from two kids in Los Angeles who were dealing drugs to support their own dreams. He assembled a super talented young cast but also brought in the legendary Erykah Badu for some star power. The singer claims she’s playing the “neighborhood ‘ho” and was happy to have the role. Read more.
Erykah Badu blessed Twitter with her wisdom as she hosted a Q&A session with her followers on Monday. Using the hashtag #AskBadu, the artist gave her "Baduizms" via video and spoke directly to our spirits. Check out some of her most compelling responses here.
nydailynews.com: Erykah Badu squashed the entertainment industry's obsession with perfection and looking younger in just one tweet. The "Window Seat" singer, 44, allowed her 1.6 million Twitter followers an all-access view of her glorious crown of gray hair.
"Body and brain have aged. My consciousness has witness this, yet has not aged. This 'awareness' is who we are," tweeted Badu, who just released a new mixtape called, “But You Caint Use My Phone.”
Her throng of fans responded by praising the singer for being so transparent.
"You look like Storm from X Men! Thank you for sharing so much on here. It always feels real and insightful," one Twitter user replied.
Erykah Badu is known for rocking an array of bold hairstyles. "Thank you for living your truth. It inspires me to do the same," echoed another follower.
Vibe.com: Erykah Badu brought her wisdom and wicked humor to Okayplayer for a Q&A and as to be expected, it was pretty dope.
Filmed in what maybe her room, or as she liked to call it “Budubotron” FatBellyBella answered questions about how she began the process of creating her latest mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone, to the range in subject matter she see on her timeline.
“I follow at least a quarter of the people that follow me and it’s just so interesting to go down my timeline to read people’s perspectives and point of views on things,” Badu said. “It’s super hilarious. It’s somebody talking about God. It’s somebody talking about hoes and it’s somebody talking about money. It’s just always like that, no matter how far you go down you’re going to get those three things: hoes, God and money. In that order.”
Check out the five minute interview where Erykah takes calls from her loyal fans and explains why she’s the big fish.
vibe.com: Nas has been giving his mighty touch to a number of artists this year. After collaborating on Justin Bieber’s recent album, Purpose, Nas is lending an almighty hand as to Erykah Badu’s upcoming film, The Land as the executive producer, Variety reports.
The soul singer’s new film, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the coming-of-age tale of four teenagers from Cleveland, Ohio as they strive to make a better life. The Steve Caple Jr.-written film will also star Badu alongside Michael K. Williams.
And while Ms. Badu shows her cinematic talent in front of the camera, Nas will be showing off his behind the scenes. Named the executive producer of the film, Nas will be taking a seat at the table, helping craft the film and its soundtrack.
“[I’m a] huge fan of my man Steve Caple Jr. I think he can become the next great filmmaker. [I’m] also, very excited to be working with my former agent and friend Charles King on his first film with his new venture. All great energy around the film, which I believe will yield amazing results,” Nas said.
The verdict is still out on what stars we’ll be giving the film, but one thing that is for sure is that Nas can definitely add a refreshing perspective to the mix in terms to its production and the film’s soundtrack.
Washington Post: This much is clear after Sunday night’s broadcast of the 2015 Soul Train Awards: Erykah Badu needs her own variety show, preferably one that’s buttressed with plenty of live performances by Badoula Oblongata herself.
After entering the stage at Las Vegas’s Orleans Arena on a hoverboard (or scooter, or whatever we’re calling them these days) and belting out a medley of “Danger” and “On and On,” Badu made quick work of joking about her reputation as a rhymekiller.
“As you know, I am the queen of neo soul and people say I have this common effect on rappers: that I make them change gods and wear crochet hats, shoulder pads,” Badu said. “So they have banned me from all of the hip-hop awards with a sign saying ‘Erykah Badu, leave our rappers alone.’ ”Read more.