pitchfork.com: Erykah Badu was honored at Essence’s 8th annual “Black Women in Music” event, which this year commemorates the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Baduizm. To introduce her, Solange stepped up to read a celebratory speech from her phone, “because she is a digital girl in a digital world.” Watch Solange’s speech, along with performance clips, below, and scroll down to witness Badu’s untouchable red-carpet game.
“She is mother, she is sister, she is friend, she is auntie, she is chief, she is warrior of many tribes,” Solange said. “Empress of the mystic women, ruler of the free. ... And she has been that for 20 years.” She added, “She is a beautiful reminder that you cannot put us in the box,” before quoting Badu: “Look, I choose peace but say, ‘Don’t walk up on me wrong, because this tea and incense can turn into a Colt 45 and Newports if need be.” Read more.