Erykah Badu went on The HappyHour With Heather B. – to dish the tea on her own relationship.
She explained the time when she tried to RUN OVER her baby’s father Jay Electronica with a car. She also reportedly BUSTED a glass vase on his head.
Erykah gave birth to her third child, daughter Mars Merkaba Thedford with rapper Jay Electronica in February 2009. She has two other children: son Seven Sirius Benjamin, 20, with Andre 3000, and daughter Puma Sabti Curry, 13, whose father is West Coast rapper The D.O.C.
Erykah Badu Releases A Video . . . Of Her Dancing Around In Her UNDERWEAR . . . And People Are Saying . . . SHE LOST HER LOOKS!!! (Has Erykah EXPIRED???)
It’s not everyday you get an invite to have dinner with Erykah Badu. So when I got the opportunity to have a sit-down feast with Miss Sara Bellum herself, I was beyond excited and deeply humbled.
Of course, it being Erykah Badu and all, it wasn’t your average dinner. It was a seven-course vegan soul dinner prepared by renowned chef Bryant Terry, and the mandatory attire: kimonos!
The first thought that went through my mind was, “Holy crap, I’m about to have dinner with Erykah Badu.” The second was, “Where in the world am I going to find a kimono?!”
Thankfully, I have friends in stylish places, and was loaned a dope, camouflage kimono. And as a vegan for nearly two years, the dinner party was right up my alley.
You’re probably asking yourself: Exactly how does one get invited to a dinner with Erykah Badu? Thanks to the wonderful folks at BET, 25 invited guests would get the experience of a lifetime – a brilliant pre-celebration ahead of this Sunday’s airing of the Soul Train Awards, which is hosted by Badu for a second year in a row.
I’ve met and interviewed dozens of celebrities, so I don’t often get star struck in their presence. But Erykah Badu is Erykah Badu. Her music, style and wisdom puts her in the lane of legend, and the thought of being in the same space as her was admittedly intimidating.
As soon as I walked into The Kitchen Table, a private event space in the lower east side of New York City, the first person I saw was Miss Badu, who was seated on a couch chatting with a friend. She was dressed in a black kimono and, of course, rocked her signature top hat. Badu immediately put my angst at ease and welcomed me into the space with a smile and salutation. From then on the night was truly magical.
After cocktail hour, we were all seated at the dinner table and formally welcomed by our hostess, who explained that she wanted us to wear kimonos and sit in a dimly purple lit room because, “it’s sexy.”
“I just want to thank you all for coming. Please eat with me, drink with me and talk with me,” Badu said during her greeting. “Whatever we do next, we do it together. And that is what’s most important.”
The evening’s menu included masterfully crafted concoctions, each with its own moniker, like “Come Into Knowledge,” a green tea tonic with lemon juice and spearmint. Other favorites were “Sack Full Of Dreams” (purple potato soup with cornbread croutons, herbs and coconut yogurt), “When There Is No Sun” (glazed carrots with pomegranates, peanuts, cilantro and mint) and the dessert, “Lord Help Me” (apple and sweet potato pie with vanilla coconut ice cream).
But it was the fellowship and sense of communal gathering that truly made the evening special. With all that’s going on around the world – and particularly in this country – it felt good to block out all the noise and share in this unique experience with fellow writers and creatives all in the name of love, peace and soul. We ate, we drank wine (catered by black-owned Mouton Noir Wines) and, as I’m sure we all needed, we laughed.
We also played a couple of games, one of which involved us going around the table to share three things: what makes us happy, what we can do without, and something we love about ourselves. While I wasn’t exactly prepared to share such intimate thoughts with a table of mostly strangers, there was an air of acceptance and freeness that made me feel comfortable enough to do so. When it was my turn, I shared that I had once been told that my sensitivity was something to be ashamed of, and how I’ve learned to embrace it, because there’s nothing greater in life than to feel. Erykah quickly chimed in, “Ain’t nothing wrong with you, baby.”
And when Erykah Badu affirms you, you receive it.
In that short, yet meaningful moment I felt supported and held up by my family. No we weren’t connected by blood (many of us had met for the first time that evening), but we were all connected if only for those few short hours, where Erykah created a space where celebrity, titles and ego were left at the front door, and a deep care and consideration for the what was transpiring in the room took precedence.
During another game, each of us picked a celebrity’s name out of a hat and guessed what we think he or she would be thankful for this year. From Kanye West and Drake to Donald Trump and Michelle Obama, the answers were sometimes as hilarious as they were thoughtful. I happened to pick Beyoncé (what wouldn’t she be thankful for? She’s Beyoncé!). Erykah coincidentally pulled her own name out of the hat. It was fitting, considering she was the evening’s hostess with the mostest.
“I’m so grateful for this moment right now,” Badu said. “I’m thankful for this.”
Little did she know, we were all grateful for it. There wasn’t a person in the room who didn’t leave that dinner table feeling just a little more alive…just a little bit more soulful.
In a nutshell, my vegan soul dinner with Erykah Badu was an experience I’ll never forget.
Catch Erykah Badu showing off her hosting skills Sunday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. on Centric and BET.
Erykah Badu Clowns Iggy Azalea At The 2015 Soul Train Awards. "What You Doing Is Definitely Not Rap." Twitter Reacts (Video)Erykah Badu recently posted a video of herself dancing around in her underwear – with no makeup. And while she doesn’t look BAD – she really didn’t need to put that video online.
Erykah is a mom, and a music icon – she really doesn’t need to be THOTTING AROUND on the ‘gram like this.
Erykah Badu x The Breakfast Club: Talks Azalea Banks Beef, Drake Being A Good Person, Her Kid's Dads (The D.O.C., Andre 3000 & Jay Electronica), Naked 'Window Seat' Video, New Mixtape (Video)
It's probably safe to say that Erykah Badu has been crossed off of Iggy Azalea'sChristmas gift list.
Badu was the host of the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 29th, when she poured wet cement on the Australian rapper's head.
She kicked things off with a monologue/skit explaining why no rappers would be allowed at the event. The singer took pretend calls from Young Thug and her baby's father, Andre 3000. She explained to them that they were cool, but the night was going to be dedicated solely to R&B.
A call then came in from Iggy Azalea.
“Uh yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey. Oh no no no no, you can come, ’cause what you doing is definitely not rap," Badu quipped.
UPDATE: Erykah Badu Charged Over Naked Video Shoot For "Window Seat" [Video] /Erykah Badu Explains Her Decision To Go Nude In New Video "Window Seat". Singer Could Face Indecent Exposure Charges
Erykah Badu recently made her first visit to The Breakfast Club. She chopped it up with the crew about not switching up for the industry, Twitter beef with Azealia Banks, digging Def Loaf, her three kids dads, The D.O.C., Andre 3000 and Jay Electronica, "Tyrone," hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards, Drake visiting her kid's school when she asked, cranberries giving a woman's private parts a sweet taste, being naked in her "Window Seat" music video, new mixtape and more.
As previously reported on CaribbeanFever.Com. The mother of a 9 year old girl who witnessed Erykah Badu disrobing at Dealey Plaza in Dallas during the filming of her music video "Window Seat" promised to file charges against the singer.
Yesterday (April 2) Ida Espinosa made good on that promise.
As a result Badu has been charged with disorderly conduct.
Sergeant Warren Mitchell said, "Having a fact witness that was there, is what let us file the charges,"
"After much discussion, we feel that these charges best fit her conduct. She disrobed in a public place without regard to individuals and small children who were close by."
Erykah now has the option of fighting the charges or paying a fine of up to $500.
Dallas native Erykah Badu's new music video portrays her taking off her clothes and then dying near where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
The "guerilla-style" video for the song "Window Seat" was shot in one take as she stripped while walking in Dealey Plaza on March 17. Badu released the music video Saturday.
"I was petrified while shooting this video ... but liberation began to set in. I conquered many fears in that few moments," Badu posted on Twitter on Sunday.
Families can be seen in the background. Badu said on Twitter that she prayed the children who were there wouldn't be "traumatized."
The video begins with a 1963 radio broadcast describing Kennedy turning onto Elm Street. Badu is then shown in a parked car. Then she walks toward Elm Street while taking her clothes off.
Badu said on Twitter that she could hear people yelling things at her but she kept going. People were yelling things such as "This is a public place," "You ought to be ashamed," and "Put your clothes on," she said.
She said the people caught in the background were trying to ignore her as she shed the last of her clothing -- except for one man who grabbed her clothes.
In the video, she falls to the ground at the spot where Kennedy was shot.
The blood at the end of the video spells out "groupthink."
Groupthink is "the unwritten rule that states; I will not express my true opinion if it opposes those I love and fear. I volunteer to censor me," Badu wrote on Twitter.
Badu, a mother of three, said on Twitter that she told her children about her plans to film the video. Her 5-year-old daughter just asked for another serving of pudding. Her 12-year-old son said he would tell anyone who teased him about the video that his "mom is great" and "she was having fun."
"I immediately took myself less seriously," Badu posted.
The city of Dallas said in a statement that Badu's production company did not get permits or contact the city. Commercial film, video and photo shoots must be approved by the city. Guerilla videos are usually shot in one take because the crews know they would face arrest or penalties if they are caught, the city said.
Badu said she made sure to put money in the meter in case the police showed up.
"After last action, we ran like hell! lol," she posted on Twitter.
She said they didn't even take the time to look for the man who was picking up her clothes.
Dallas police said they do not plan on filing charges against Badu, who lives in Dallas. But the department said it would consider filing indecent exposure charges if witnesses came forward.
No one in Dealey Plaza at the time of the filming called police, Dallas police said Monday.
Badu's latest album, "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh," will be released Tuesday.
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