Erykah Badu Is NOT Pregnant

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By now we should all know that Erykah Badu plays too much!

So when she released a video that showed her rubbing her stomach, we probably should not have all taken “the bait.”

The video gave the “appearance” that Erykah could be pregnant and that “appearance” is all social media needed.

Erykah took to her Twitter to scold us all, why I got to be pregnant every holiday season? Just. Stop. Y’all trying to say I’m fat? I just be a little hungrier than usual come late October.. Now y’all got us in here arguing over baby names.

Erykah Badu To Host 2017 Soul Train Awards

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Erykah Badu is hosting the Soul train Awards this year on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas with performances by Tamar Braxton112Tank, and Kirk Franklin.

Toni Braxton will receive the Don Cornelius Legend Award and SWV will be honored with the Lady of Soul Award.

The 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on November 26 at 8 p.m. ET. on BET and BET HER.

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LOL! Erykah Badu Gives A Hilarious Answer When Asked Who Her Favorite Rapper Is

Erykah Badu was on a roll last night.

The singer popped up on social media last night to converse with her fans via the #AskMeanBadu hashtag.

The singer’s twitter Q&A covered a range of topics from relationships to spirituality. The question of her top 5 all-time favorite rappers, however, wasn’t so easy to answer considering her all of her baby daddies happen to be among hip-hop’s most lyrically gifted rappers. So of course, she curved that question in the way only Badu can.

Add this to the millions of reasons we love Erykah Badu.

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Flyest Moments: The 2016 Soul Train Awards

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Erykah Badu took us all on a trip for the 2016 Soul Train Awards, and it was a fly blast from the past with glimpses of the future. Keep reading for a quick rundown of some of the show’s dopest moments.

 

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Erykah Badu Gives Hope For The Future

Erykah came out looking like a futuristic Africa priestess to deliver a message of hope from the future: We win. That is to say that despite how hopeless things might be looking now, Black Girl Magic and Black Boy Joy prevail.

 

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Dru Hill Reunites To Start The Party

Dru Hill opened the show with a hot medley of their biggest songs, but something was missing. At first, it looked like it there was someone missing, but Jazz made his way out to sing down for “Beauty Is Her Name.”

The group was quickly dismissed so that Sisqo could do his breakout solo hit “The Thong Song,” and we’d be lying we said we didn’t do a little bop in the living room.

 

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Teyana Makes A Splash

Teyana Taylor snagged the first honor of the night, winning Best Dance Performance for her routine from Kanye West’s “Fade.” Her showing in “Fade” was so awe-inspiring, we had to get a jump start on our New Year’s Resolutions by pre-registering for her Fade 2 Fit program. She kept her speech short and sweet, thanking God first and foremost and then showing love to Kanye West and her family. But she couldn’t leave stage without doing a little humble brag/flirting with her hubby.

 

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RSVP ‘Yes’ To Ro James’ Party

Ro James hosted a grown & sexy house party for his performance of “You Already Knew That” and “Permission.” His set got everyone on their feet and left them hot and bothered. India Arie wasn’t the only one fanning herself. Know that.

The Soul Cypher Gives Life

The Soul Cypher is always a special treat. It’s like musical candy for your ears to indulge in, and this year was no different. Ne-Yo smoothed out “She Got Her Own,” and it was Gladys Knight-approved because she was jamming in the background. He stepped aside so that Angie Stone could seamlessly flow onto the beat with “Brother.” Once she was done, she tagged Tyrese in. After he did his thing. Miss Gladys tied it all up with “Neither One Of Us.”

 

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Brandy Becomes A Lady Of Soul

Brandy kept the energy going with a mashup of all of her greatest hits. We’ve been listening to Brandy for as long as we can rememeber–we’ve grown up with her–so she has a big catalog to choose from. She hit us with “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” and “Baby” just to name a few. She even brought out Ma$e to do his verse from “Top of the World (Quick cut to Teyana Taylor getting her entire life).

If you had forgotten that Brandy is The Vocal Bible, this performance served as a reminder. Then she got even more love as the audience enjoyed a video about her impact as an artist before she was honored with the Lady of Soul Award.

 

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Erykah Badu Teams Up With India Arie

Erykah Badu always has a great time when she’s hosting the show. She got to do a couple of duets, but she called her soul sister to the stage to offer a little encouragement to the people, with a performance of “Breathe.” Erykah started it off on a slightly ratchet note, but they eventually got around to the inspirational vibe.

 

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Remy Ma, Fat Joe, And French Montana Win!

Remy Ma’s comeback reached new heights as she took home an award for her track with Fat Joe and French Montana, “All The Way Up.” She kept her acceptance speech brief as she thanked her hubby Papoose and made her way backstage.

 

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Teddy Riley Is A Legend

Teddy Riley was honored for a long career, which fittingly earned him The Legend Award. He’s more than the dude from Guy and Black Street, or the guy behind Keith Sweat’s “I Wanna.” He’s the Architect of New Jack Swing. He crafted much of the soundtrack to the ’90s!

Once he got on stage to receive his award, he had the longest acceptance speech of the night. He thanked everyone in his family. Every last loved one that came to mind got a shoutout. With a career spanning around 30 years, he’s got a lot of people to thank.

To show how far his work has reached, his performance was the most epic mashup of tracks he’s produced for acts like Heavy D, SWV, Hi-Five, Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, and Michael Jackson. And you know he couldn’t leave without doing “Rump Shaker” and “Groove Me.” In short: It was live!

Honorable Mention: Ty Alexander Showed Off Her Red Carpet Style

Loyal Beauties with a sharp eye could not have missed one of our own alumnas doing it big with a stylish spot during ceremony. Ty Alexander showed viewers that you red carpet chic is within your reach (and your budget) if you know where to look.

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So Good: Erykah Badu Jokingly Tweets She’ll ‘Whoop’ Rick Ross

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Erykah Badu is totally our outspoken auntie in our heads. Badu jokingly responded to a video of Rick Ross boxing, on Twitter, writing, “I’ll whoop this shit out of Rick Ross.” And after one glimpse of the video, we could too.

Erykah was obviously playing around, but it was so damn good.

Watch Ricky Rozay spar up, below:

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Fighting Words: Erykah Badu Says She’d Whoop Rick Ross!

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Rick Ross is in the gym looking like the young Mike Tyson. The MMG CEO has been dropping the pounds of late with a hard workout schedule. DJ Akademiks got his hands on some footage of Ross boxing in the gym.

Rozay’s footwork is good, the power seems hard, and he has hand speed for a big man. Still, that didn’t stop badass Erykah Badu from throwing her name in as a challenger for Ricky Rozay.

She piggy-backed off the footage, tweeting.

Badu has special powers and we don’t doubt her one bit. She has that effect on men.

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King Of Queens: Nas Had An Unexpected Reaction To His Mural In Queensbridge

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Nas is one of the most celebrated rappers in hip hop, so it comes as no surprise that a mural was made in likeness, in his hometown of Queens, New York.

But the rap king felt otherwise when he got his first glimpse of the mural. Nas stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live and revealed how he first felt when he heard that a French artist had painted that mural of him in Queensbridge. He confessed, “It scared me because usually when they put a mural up of someone in the neighborhood it’s because he’s dead. But it’s a huge honor. I hope that the kids out there see it as an example…if you have a dream go after it.”

Nas also opened up about his upcoming album and when fans can expect it to drop. Although he got everyone hype with his song “Nas Album Done” on DJ Khaled’s Major Key project, there’s no concrete answer on when we can expect the new Escobar album. He told Kimmel, “Things are changing, music is changing…I got to feel it. It’s all about the feeling.”

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Check out Nas’ interview with Jimmy Kimmel and his performance with Erykah Badu above.

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OutKast Performs for Dungeon Family Reunion Show

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Even though new rumors of an OutKast reunion were shot down by Andre 3000, their performance over the weekend will surely be talked about for days to come.

Three Stacks and Big Boi ran through a list of their greatest hits at the ONE Musicfest in Atlanta as part of the Dungeon Family reunion that also brought together Goodie Mob (minus Khujo), Killer Mike, Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade, and other members of the Atlanta music collective.

Erykah Badu, A$AP Ferg, Ice Cube, T.I., Busta Rhymes and more also performed during the day-long music festival.

“But it was the reunion of Outkast – especially since Andre 3000, in a knit cap, pewter pullover and funky, round glasses appeared to actually enjoy himself — that kept the sold-out crowd on a steady buzz,” says a review of the concert from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Check out some photos and clips below:

 

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Erykah Badu Will Use Concert Proceeds To Help Rape Victims Find Justice

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Iconic musician Erykah Badu is using her music to help rape victims in Detroit.

Last month, the singer committed to donating funds from her Detroit concert to the African American 490 Challenge, a nonprofit organization that raises money to help process backlogged rape kits.

After the concert on Friday, Badu doubled down on her promise. From Complex:

The organization has a goal of $600,000, which they raise in increments of $490 (the cost to test a single kit). During the Motor City concert Friday, Badu renewed her commitment to the cause by pledging a portion of all future concert proceeds to the organization and its efforts.

She added:

“I pledge to raise the same amount of money with each show that I do until we raise this money,” Badu said after the concert, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I’m with it. I think it’s one of the most important things I could do […] I hope that this venture gives peace to some of us who are victims and some of us who are not.”

Badu is from the school of thought that if something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.

“What we’re talking about is unsolved, unopened rape kits, unsolved in Detroit alone, that went unsolved and dusty,” she said. “I’m very proud to be a part of that [effort to solve the cases]. We are all victims. When one of us is a victim, we are all victims. We are champions for many young women and boys who don’t have a voice.”

Salute the queen and visit the African American 490 Challenge here for more info on how you can help.

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Nas Opens Up On His Passion For Film: ‘This Is My Calling’

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Nas has been heavily immersed in the film world lately.

In a recent interview with Billboard, the 42-year-old emcee opened up about his mission to leave his stamp on the film world the same way he’s done with hip-hop.

“I’m right on track of what I’m supposed to be doing in my life,” he shared. “It’s been my dream to work in films. I share a love for films as much as I feel it for music. This is my calling.”

For The Land, which stars Erykah Badu and tells the story of four young aspiring Cleveland skaters, Nas curated 14 songs for its soundtrack, which will be released via his indie label, Mass Appeal Records.

Nas has also been involved with the upcoming Netflix series The Get Down.

From Billboard:

“On The Get Down, Nas wrote all the lyrics including poems and battle raps that will appear in the 13-episode series, co-created by Baz Luhrmann. The show, which premieres Aug. 12, delves into the birth of hip-hop in New York in the 1970s and rap icon Grandmaster Flash is also an associate producer on the project.

Luhrmann said Nas played an integral part of the filmmaking process.

‘He completely dedicated himself to getting it done,’ said Luhrmann, who also directed Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby.

‘He wrote rhymes for every act. It’s his voice. He is an executive producer, and it’s not just a title. He helped me with bringing a lot of creative ideas to the table. He was a go-to guy,’ Luhrmann continued. ‘I would call him at 2 a.m. in the morning for his opinion. So, he’s been great like that.’”

Luhrmann feels Nas, who’s famously remembered for his role in 1998’s Belly, has a skill for storytelling that will translate well to the big screen.

“His raps are very well-written narratives, and filmmaking is storytelling,” he continued. “If Nas would make a film, it would be something to see.”

The Land is playing now. The Get Down premieres on Netflix on August 12.

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Nas & Erykah Badu Team Up For “This Bitter Land” (NEW MUSIC)

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We didn’t know we needed a Nas and Erykah Badu track until we got one.

The Queens rapper and Texas singer joined forces for the awesome new song “This Bitter Land,” which will appear on the soundtrack for The Land, an upcoming film executive-produced by Nas and Machine Gun Kelly.

On the track, Nas raps about youth and the struggles one faces while fighting for success, while Badu stays true to her jazz influenced roots, giving major soul vibes. Along with appearing on the soundtrack, the songstress will also be featured in the film.

Pusha T, Jeremih, Kanye West, French Montana and more are featured on the soundtrack to the independent film. The Land and its soundtrack will be out July 29th.

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The 2016 BET Awards Honors Prince With A Wave Of All-Star Tributes

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A couple months back, the good folks at the BET Awards promised the people they’d put on a Prince tribute to remember. And by that, they meant several tributes that did not disappoint.

A few artists helped us journey through Prince’s timeless catalogue.

Erykah Badu was first up with a sultry rendition of Prince’s “Dorothy Parker” with the instrumental assistance from Philly’s own The Roots.

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Soul singer Bilal followed up, and his slithering vocals and sexy falsetto were perfectly fit to cover Prince’s memorable smash hit “The Beautiful Ones.” Dressed in a sleeveless tuxedo shirt and black slacks, Bilal transformed into the ultimate panty dropper as he made love to the stage, belting out each and every note with perfect pitch. It’s hard to evoke the same sex appeal as Prince, but Bilal channeled the purple one like no other.

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Stevie Wonder and up-and-coming singer Tori Kelly dedicated their portion of the tribute to Prince’s “Take Me With U.” Shortly after, Jennifer Hudson joined the staged in a white hooded dress to tale the cherished classic “Purple Rain” to new vocal heights.

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The crowd was overcome with emotion and notstalgia as J Hud took us to church with her awe-inspiring voice.

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And alas, what’s a Prince tribute without the ever classy and soulful Maxwell?

Putting his own unique spin on “Nothing Compares To U”, the Grammy-winning singer dedicated Prince’s own penmanship back to him, remixing the lyrics to paint the vivid picture of the world we now live in without the music of our Purple One.

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Everyone’s favorite Electric Lady Janelle Monae lit up the stage with her high energy rendition of “Kiss.” Decked in an all white ruffled outfit with ass-less chaps (someone had to to do it), Monae then transitioned to “Pop Life” and “I Would Die 4 U’ making it her mission to let the world know just how much Prince meant to her.

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Finally and appropriately, Sheila E. closed out the series of Prince tributes, and it was a full out party honoring the legend and her dear friend. The performance was a full spectacular of drums (duh), live arrangements, dancers and fun. Prince’s ex-wife and former backup dancer Mayte also appeared as one of the backup dancers. Did you catch that leg slide?

Watch Trailer For Film “The Land,” Produced by Nas

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Nas is taking his talents from the mic to the big screen.

The legendary emcee produced the star-studded film The Land, starring Erykah Badu and Machine Gun Kelly. The Sundance Film Festival favorite tells the story of molly drug use and distribution in Cleveland, as a crew of skateboarders attempt to fulfill their dreams while caught up in the danger of the trade.

The Land is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and also stars Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Michael K. Williams, and Natalie Martinez.

Nas seems to be rebranding himself in 2016: he recently teamed up with the film remake of Ghostbusters for a capsule clothing collection.

The Land hits theaters on July 29. Check out the trailer above.

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Robert Glasper & Erykah Badu Remake Miles Davis’ “Maiysha (So Long)” (NEW MUSIC)

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Erykah Badu has been giving us so much life lately.

From singing in high school cafeterias to remixing PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake’s contemporary cut “Come and See Me,” Erykah has her hand in a little bit of everything.

Now, the neo-soul singer is gracing us yet again with a new feature on Robert Glasper’s remake of the Miles Davis‘ classic “Maiysha.”

“Maiysha” was originally featured on Miles Davis’ 1974 compilation album Get Up with It. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Robert Glasper gushed about remaking Miles’ classic:

“I think Miles would’ve loved Erykah,” Robert told the publication. “We sat down for a few days before she came up with the idea of a bossa nova, and Vincent [Wilburn Jr., Davis’ nephew and Eighties-era drummer] recommended using ‘Maiysha,’ which comes from the mid-Seventies and has this beautiful trumpet solo by Miles.”

“Maiysha (So Long)” will appear on the Miles Davis tribute album Everything’s Beautiful, which boasts appearances from Stevie Wonder, Bilal, Phonte, and Hiatus Kaiyote. Everything’s Beautiful will hit store shelves a day after what would’ve been Miles’ 90th birthday on May 27. 

“Maiysha (So Long)” is also featured in the recently released biopic Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle.

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Erykah Badu “Come And See Badu” (NEW MUSIC)

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Whenever Erykah Badu tells you to come, you come running.

Erykah’s no stranger to remixes, especially remixes that involve Drake. With everyone still high off Drake’s VIEWS album, E. Badu decided this would be a good time to remix his collaboration with PARTYNEXTDOOR.

The But You Cain’t Use My Phone songstress revamped PND and Drizzy’s “Come And See Me.”

“Doesn’t make sense now, shit just got real/ time to light an incense now, you hear me talking about we a lot/ oh, I speak French now,” sings Erykah.

Take a listen to Erykah’s loosie remix below.

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‘Risqué’ Dresses That Got Nine High School Girls Kicked Out Of Prom

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Millennials get a bad rap. And with prom season in full effect, administrators are on high alert to make sure students are dressing appropriately.

But as Cosmopolitan notes, the standards for “appropriate dress” are quite ridiculous in some schools. The publication rounded up nine girls who were kicked out of their proms for dresses that didn’t meet the standards of their school, but looked totally appropriate to the naked eye.

In a couple cases the teens were plus size and wore classy dresses that flattered their curves. In another case, a teen wanted to wear red pants, which wasn’t against dress code but offended one of the teachers. A reoccurring theme is “modesty” and covering up to not attract unwarranted attention from males.

All the while, prom was ruined for these nine girls who looked beautiful. And in the larger context, a horrible message is being instilled about dress and its influence on men. “When I got into the ballroom I laughed, because I was surrounded by girls in much shorter dresses than me,” said 17-year-old Clare. She was sent home because her arm length dress would create “impure thoughts”.

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The argument for young girls and inappropriate dress has been raised a lot recently. Erykah Badu notably got a lot of flack about statements regarding knee-length skirts in school. “There was an article ruling that high school girls lower their skirts so male teachers are not distracted,” she began by saying on Twitter.

Since Biblical times, women have been asked to be modest in order to appease the potentially immodest thoughts of men. For many, it’s a easy solution to the bigger issue of unwanted attention and sexual assault.

The problem is, we’re living in a self-actualized society were women and men are held accountable for their actions. Men have desires, but they also have self-control. And while being modest and appropriately dressed for certain occasions —like a classroom or formal— is totally understandable, in these nine cases the standards were overboard.

There’s a balance. And as a society, we’re going to have to figure out where self-respect and self-control, meet.

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