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“I Tried To Break Up With Him So Many Times” Erykah Badu Talks Relationship With Common

November 25th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: YouTube/The Breakfast Club

Source: YouTube/The Breakfast Club

It’s not every day that Erykah Badu sits down for an interview. So we were happy to learn that she recently spoke with “The Breakfast Club” crew. And we all know celebrities often end up keeping it very real with those three. Plus, Badu is not really known for being fraudulent. Anyway, during her sit down she spoke about everything from her son Seven to her clash with Azealia Banks. But what I found most interesting was that she cleared the record and told her side of the story when it came to her breakup with rapper Common. Check out a few highlights from the interview below and watch the full video on the next page.

Clash with Azealia Banks

I think sometimes, if we’re not careful, we can let people instigate us into some kind of weird situation. It’s the people around who are repeating it, retweeting and retweeting. I didn’t even know she was going to read it…That’s the way it is. I was just saying some sh*t really. Now I got some hardcore a$$ b*tch after me. I’m peeping around corners everywhere I go.

On her son Seven 

Yeah, he turned 18 on November 18th.

Yee: How protective are you because he worked on your album and he worked with Gwen Stefani but are you really protective of him as your son in this industry?

Not really, no. He’s not really into that kind of thing. He’s a nerd. He’s into studies and computers and things. He’s talented by default and he has exquisite taste.

Envy: But look who his mommy and daddy is. He had to be talented.

He’s an improvement on a design though. He’s next level.


Envy: Was that a true, ‘I’m just going to try this one night, we taping’ or was it a studio… 

In rehearsal, a lot of times, we just play around and do stuff. But I didn’t know it was going to turn into “Tyrone.” So the background vocals were prepared because they kind of know the joke. But it just kind of turned into a song. It was totally freestyle.

Yee: You ruined everybody named Tyrone after that.

Erykah: *Chuckles* I know.

Breakup with Common 

Yee: He said you called him and said, ‘I don’t want to be with you anymore.’

That’s not true. You know I never got a chance to say anything. I tried to breakup with him so many times. That was the last time.

Envy: It’s hard to break up with a light skinned person, man.

It’s hard. They don’t get it. They don’t understand. They keep coming.

Yee: That is true. You try to break up with some guys and they act like it never happened.

That’s right. He didn’t believe it.

Charlemagne: How many times did you try to break up with him?

Ok, I’m exaggerating a little bit. It was just kind of like, we were growing apart. We hadn’t seen each other in a little while. I told him that I needed space.

Yee: So you tried to do the fade out?

I tried to do the fade out. But I ended up putting myself in a trick bag. But you know, me and Common are still very close too. He’s really sweet. He’s the most compassionate human being I’ve ever met, I think. Very kind…hearted. But it’s all about chemistry, you gotta have chemistry.

Charlemagne: How do you know when it’s up, when the chemistry’s done?

If the chemistry was never there, it was just never there. But you know there’s a process that you take to get to know people. You know, you date people. There’s certain things that are awesome and certain things that really don’t mesh with you. In Common’s case, he’s just awesome all the way around, just the chemistry’s a little different.

Charlemagne: Did he ever be like, ‘What am I supposed to do with all these clothes I bought?’

*Laughs* Horrible.

Erykah Badu To Release New Mixtape On Thanksgiving

November 8th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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After serenading fans with a smooth remix of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Erykah Badu is gearing up to gift fans with a new mixtape on Turkey Day.

Influenced by the melody of the OVO ringleaders “Hotline Bling,” Badu’s project is titled You Cain’t Use My Phone.

“After I heard that song it inspired me,” she told The Fader. “I was feeling it really and I started making the songs. No particular reason though.” Badu gushed over her friendship with the rapper saying, “We’re very good friends and we had some great talks. He’s an inspiration to me. Sonically he’s in a place where I want to be. It’s halfway between where I was and halfway to where I am now.”

She also divulged deets on the concept and basis of the mixtape, offering that every track is phone related.

If “Tyrone” is a timeless classic, then we’re sure whatever Ms. Badu pens this time around will be an instant hit.

Erykah Badu’s “Hotline Bling” And Other Hip Hop/ R&B Covers That Had Us Geeked

October 2nd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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hotline_baduIt seems like everything Erykah Badu does is magic. So perhaps it should have come as no surprise that when she covered Drake’s new single “Hotline Bling,” that Internet blew up with surprise and appreciation. Her version is fire. And it got us thinking about other covers that surprised and delighted us.

Lessons From Erykah Badu And Janelle Monae On Black Beauty And Being Bold

June 30th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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When a woman glides into a room the way Erykah Badu did for her Genius Talk during the BET Experience in LA this past weekend, you know you better listen up.

Ms. Badu has always been unapologetically herself, which isn’t easy for a brown-skinned Black girl with natural hair in a world that hates those features — and even more difficult in an industry that says light, white, and tight is always right. And yet, we can now turn on our TV screens and see the second coming of Baduism embodied in Janelle Monae, which is why having these two on a panel sponsored by AT&T appropriately titled “Free To Be” was one of the best things to come out of Los Angeles Saturday afternoon.

The confidence these singers have isn’t easy to come by. In fact, when Genius Talk moderator Reggie Ossé of The Combat Jack Show asked the ladies how they do it — it being be their out-side-of-the-box selves — Janelle Monae said she almost didn’t, recounting how she debated succumbing to a more mainstream image when she was back in Atlanta trying to get discovered. Of course the way she’s currently embraced by the industry is a testament to her good judgement call, but beyond helping bridge the gap of what’s acceptable beauty, Monae said the heart of her movement is being true to self. “You have to live with you so you better learn to love you.”


Even Erykah Badu admitted doing things outside the norm doesn’t always come easy to her. “It’s not that I don’t experience fear, it’s that I understand fearlessness comes first,” she told the crowd, adding that “Everything we do in America as Black women or Black people is a political statement.”

One example of that bold fearlessness regularly on display these days is Black women’s decision to wear their hair natural, according to the lyricist. “We’re making a political statement when we’re wearing an afro or we’re wearing locs; we’re being who we are, especially in a society that does not encourage that part of our beauty.” Acknowledging that at the end of the day how one chooses to wear their hair is an aesthetic choice, Ms. Badu said, “It really doesn’t matter as long as you are clear about who you are.”

Being clear about who you are is an awareness Monae supports as well, admitting that before she achieved international fame she was hypercritical of other women who had large platforms they didn’t always use for the greater good, so to speak. Now in a position to assert her own positive influence on other women, Monae said she had to learn the truth of the matter is “Everybody’s purpose is not yours.”

Thankfully, Monae has made her purpose artistic expression in all forms which is why she signed four artists of similar mind — like “Classic Man” Jidenna — to her Wondaland records imprint. The young beauty also stated that as she continues on in her journey in the world of music she hopes to make another female artist feel the way Erykah made her feel when she came into the industry because “The best thing a woman can have is her sh*t together.”


15 Celebrity Wedding Singers We’d Love

April 16th, 2015 - By Rich
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These celebrity wedding singers range from hip-hop rappers to Neo-soul stars to classic singers — some are still with us and others have crossed over but their legacy remains.

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15 Celebrity Wedding Singers We’d Love

Workplace Struggles: The Time My Boss Mistook Me For Erykah Badu

April 14th, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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Photo Credit: Karim Sadli

Photo Credit: Karim Sadli

To spice up an otherwise dull and uninspiring space, I’ve been known to switch the background image on my computer’s desktop at work.  I fill the screen with shots of my favorite music artists, faraway lands I’d like to visit, abstract goodness – things that make my heart smile.  Plus, I’ve got that whole dual monitor action going on so I can look over at one screen and be say, “Well, isn’t that pretty?” when I need a distraction. And I need a distraction often because my day job sucks.

Cue in the stunningly bad a** photo of Erykah Badu you see above. A 2014 Givenchy shoot for Purple Fashion Magazine, the pic is a perfect blend of sporty, glamorous elegance. I mean, the woman could rock a band-aid and call it fashion and we would all believe it.

My company’s new CEO, let’s call him Mark, a middle-aged White man who lives and works in a different state, recently visited the office.  This was not our first encounter. We exchanged CEO-employee appropriate pleasantries before: “How about this weather, huh?”  You know,

You know, ish like that.  As Mark made his rounds, he paused when he saw the image of Badu on my computer screen.  I should have expected an off-kilter remark on account of the image’s boldness, but I truly wasn’t prepared for him to ask me, “Is that you?” It sounded like less of a question, actually, and more like a statement. Dumbfounded and in no mood to call him out for being an ignoramus, I said a quick little prayer, took a deep breath and calmly corrected him. “It’s Erykah Badu,” I said. He replied, “Who’s that? I’ve never heard of her.”

As Mark made his rounds, he paused when he saw the image of Badu on my computer screen. I should have expected an off-kilter remark on account of the image’s boldness, but I truly wasn’t prepared for him to ask me, “Is that you?” It sounded like less of a question, actually, and more like a statement. Dumbfounded and in no mood to call him out for being an ignoramus, I said a quick little prayer, took a deep breath, and calmly corrected him. “It’s Erykah Badu,” I said. He replied, “Who’s that? I’ve never heard of her.”

Just kill everything inside of me, why don’t you?

Never mind the fact that Badu has been around for, like, eleventeen hundred years, won four Grammys, graced countless magazine covers, and given interview after interview.  I guess Badu’s music just hadn’t reached his corner of Mars yet.

More importantly, let’s bear in mind here that Erykah Badu and I look nothing alike. Trust me, we look nothing alike. Under other circumstances, I would have been flattered to be mistaken for the iconic beauty and soul maven, but this was a White man saying this, owner of a gaze that historically undervalues Black women. In that moment, I realized that the tired Black people look alike stereotype is still alive and well. To top it off, I was hit with a double whammy: I was being both seen and unseen at the same damn time. Allow me to explain.

Mark’s eyes saw an image of a Black woman. His mind thought, Nneka is a Black woman. Putting two and two together, he wrongfully equated that the two (the image of Badu and me in the flesh) were one and the same. He didn’t utter the stereotype out loud, but he may as well have. In that moment, he saw me solely as a color. These are the same eyes that fail to see Black women’s complexities, our differences, and our inherent, God-given beauty. Eyes that view us as homogenized, one-size-fits-all entities. A mindset that sees no problem in uttering statements like, “She’s pretty for a Black girl,” or that exoticize our so-called otherness. Limited scopes, narrow perspectives.

This all speaks to a much bigger problem found in white-dominated workplaces. According to the Black Women’s Roundtable 2015 Report, Black women in the U.S. with bachelor’s degrees are paid on average $10,000 less than White men with associate’s degrees. And according to a recent Essence Black Women at Work Panel, many Black women in the workforce are afraid of being labeled as the angry Black woman, so they won’t say anything when they find themselves in uncomfortable positions in the office. Mark’s mistake was a clear example of how Black women are often undervalued and unseen, a phenomenon that occurs both in and out of the workplace.

After Mark left, the room fell silent. My coworkers and I laughed and quickly bonded over the awkward exchange. Despite his mistake being an annoying one, Mark’s naivete and questionable comment didn’t keep me from posting and admiring Erykah Badu’s beautiful image on my desktop. And in it, I see all of the eccentricities that make Black women beautiful.

Black Girls Rock 2015 Really Rocked!

March 30th, 2015 - By Rich
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Over the weekend, I had the incredible pleasure of taking my little lady to the annual Black Girls Rock 2015 Awards show. As always, the gala in a celebration of “the brilliance of Black women,” was a remarkable display of the wondrous diversity of greatness that Black women have to offer.

It is for this reason that I will begin this tale at the end of the night.

My daughter, a now becoming a pre-teen, was in awe of all that she saw over the course of the evening and we talked about during the ride home. I told here, “You were in a room with the best of the best, from the young to the oldest in Black woman.” As I often do, I made sure she understood who she was looking during the night and why as well. I made her understand, that she belonged in that building. Of course she belonged – Willow Smith was in the house!

She then began to tell me all of the things that she wants to do and how she plans to do them. Obviously, I helped her tweak some of her plans, write them down and also finish her vision board.

During Black Girls Rock!, there was one thing that was for certain, all of these girls and women had vision. This year the honorees were as diverse as a proverbial rainbow. Here they are as follows:

– Cicely Tyson, Living Legend Award
– Ava DuVernay, Shot Caller Award
– Dr. Helene D. Gayle, Social Humanitarian Award
– Erykah Badu, Rock Star Award
– Principal Nadia Lopez, Change Agent Award
– Jada Pinkett Smith, Star Power Award

The hilarious part was that Michelle Obama blessed Newark’s NJPAC with her presence as well. The day before BGR, my daughter and I were watching an old episode of “Shark Tank” and The First Lady made an appearance. She said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Michelle Obama showed up to Black Girl’s Rock?” I kept the surprise to myself until the crowd went nuts and the secret service started to become evident.

Later in a show Mrs. Obama eventually delivered a speech that all should hear when the show airs nationally on April 5. “There is nothing more important than being serious about your education.That’s why I am able to stand here tonight,” she said. “I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys.”

She also spoke about young girls being silenced, conditioned to lack confidence, overcoming adversity and other important topics. BGR also does real work in the community and honored young women with their M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girls honors as well. The First Lady brought the three young honorees on stage and they beamed with joy.
Beyond Mrs. Obama, the event was just incredible.

With performances by Erykah Badu, Fantasia, Sheila E!, Estelle, Jill Scott Lalah Hathaway, Ciara and others literally rocked. The audience was literally a sea of Black Excellence that extended beyond celebrities, which I stressed to my daughter. I made sure she listened to every single word that Cicely Tyson uttered, in a rousing, honest and passionate speech that will almost assuredly be edited for TV. I let her know she belonged here in the midst of all this greatness.

Lastly – even though it was stated throughout the program  – I let my daughter know who started all of this – Beverly Bond. It wasn’t BET, Viacom or some other corporate force. Beverly Bond, a DJ and model, started Black Girls Rock with a vision, which continues to grow. Oftentimes, children get caught up in the pageantry and sheen of celebrity, forgetting that big things happen with hard work, focus, dedication and vision. All in all, this wasn’t our first Black Girls Rock!, but it was our first together. We agreed this is the best one we’ve seen. There is so much more to say, but we’ll be talking about the inspiration we both got for a very long time.

Check out Black Girls Rock! on April 5th on BET.

PS. I tweeted a lot during the show, to my daughter’s disdain. Hey…I let her know it comes with the terrain sometimes.  Some of those tweets are below.

Whip My Hair: 15 Dramatic On Stage Celebrity Hairstyles

March 24th, 2015 - By Rich
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These celebrity hairstyles are so fun and funky and these stars love to go all out when performing for their fans!

All images courtesy of WENN


Whip My Hair: 15 Dramatic On Stage Celebrity Hairstyles

She “Tried” It: Azealia Banks Gets In Her Feelings During Twitter Feud With Erykah Badu

February 15th, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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One of the problems with social media is that unless you’re Skyping, too many things are easily interpreted as “shade” or sarcasm. People can’t be honest about anything without the instigation of followers whose whole purpose of going on-line is to be entertained by the squabbling of celebs and no one can make a joke without following it with a bunch of smiley emojis to convey they’re ”just playing”.

Well Azealia Banks wasn’t feeling what Erykah Badu had to say about her music last Thursday as the two traded a few insults after Badu expressed that she “tried” listening to Azealia Banks. According to a a Vibe article, the exchange went a little something like this when a fan (@pradahungry) asks Ms. Badu if she ever listened to Azealia Banks:

“@pradahungry Does @fatbellybella listen to azealia banks? Always wanted to know.”

“@fatbellybella Tried”

“@AZEALIABANKS @fatbellybella @pradahungry lol, what’s the shade?”

Azealia apparently didn’t appreciate that Erykah Badu wasn’t giving her work raving reviews and accused the “Window Seat” singer of being jealous:

“@AZEALIABANKS When artists grow old and begin to recognize their own mortality they throw shade at younger spirits”

“@AZEALIABANKS We see it happen ALL the time.”

“@AZEALIABANKS Whether or not you like me… You are WATCHING, and that’s what’s most important.”

Erykah Badu didn’t get what all the fuss was about and cool, calmly and collected checked Azealia:

“@fatbellybella Well s**t  I did try. Maybe you’re right.. I’m just to old to get it. You cool tho?”

To which Azealia, clearly still in her feelings, responded:

“@AZEALIABANKS @fatbellybella I’m cool, I was just trying to make sure you were cool….”

“@fatbellybella @bhrisbrown lol you just keep rocking ur head wraps and buying ur musky oils off the table on 125th.”

The last comment was in reference to another fan (@bhrisbrown) who pointed out that Ms. Badu had her location turned on and was reppin “Queens”.

When will folks realize it’s OK for folks to not be a fan of your work and not be jealous or feel threatened by you. Everything is not a personal attack. If you can’t handle Twitter without your ego getting bruised, maybe you need to log out.


All Natural:15 Stars Who Gave Birth at Home

January 27th, 2015 - By Rich
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It’s really interesting to see how much being surrounded by loved ones and being calm at home were the prime reasons why these stars who gave birth at home, chose to do so.

Source Ranker, US Mag, Black Celeb Kids All images courtesy of WENN

15 Stars Who Gave Birth at Home