Erykah Badu is a treasure. On Friday afternoon, a day after appearing with Dave Chappelle at his Radio City Music Hall show, the singer and her enormous hat were out doing a little sightseeing when they happened upon PIX11 newscaster Mario Diaz doing a live segment about Shia LaBeouf’s arrest — and Erkyah couldn’t resist having a little fun. Don’t worry, Diaz wasn’t irritated — later on, the two exchanged messages on Twitter, with Diaz saying he understood Erykah’s desire for a kiss, quoting Prince in the process. [The Daily Dot]
Erykah Badu has long been one of my favorite neo soul artists, not to mention one of the most fashionable people, um, anywhere (putting aside that her influence may have led to then-boyfriend Common embracing crochet pants, but I digress). So it’s awesome to learn that Badu has been named the face of Givenchy’s latest ad campaign, in part because having a Black woman be the muse for such a high fashion brand, in an industry where they are generally wholly underrepresented, is a breath of fresh air. In fact, all of the female models used in Givenchy’s latest campaign are women of color. Givenchy designer Ricardo Tisschi told Style.com of the homogeniety in fashion:
“It’s 2013. Everybody’s being so cool about Instagram, about Facebook, any media — everybody’s being so open. At the end of the day, why are not so many black girls or Latin girls in shows? When you have an American president who is black! When I see this happening, it’s quite sad, I think. People can be so avant-garde, so advanced, but actually not, because people are still making differences between skin color.”
As for his selection of Badu, apparently he had the singer in mind for awhile, saying, “Erykah, she’s an icon—come on! … “She’s one of the most stylish women I’ve met in my life. She’s got such a good sense of proportion, of colors.” Truth. Click on through for just a small handful of Badu’s amazing fashion statements over the years… [Style.com]
Are you familiar with The Flaming Lips? Then maybe you heard about their newest video, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” a collaboration with singer Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok. The video was leaked to Pitchfork a couple of weeks back, and featured vocals from Erykah, plus images of a naked Nayrok careening through the streets. When it first appeared on the web, it made a big splash — inciting controversy for its blatant nudity — and garnering major publicity for The Flaming Lips.
But a few people weren’t very happy with it — namely Ms. Badu, who claims that the band’s singer Wayne Coyne took advantage of her and misrepresented her image. The video includes imagery of Nayrok splattered with blood, glitter and what looks like semen. And it also features images of a naked Erykah in a tub — images she says Coyne coerced her into doing. Keep reading »
Over at Boing Boing, Xeni posted this wild new video from Erykah Badu, “Window Seat.” The video was shot without a permit in one take on the streets of downtown Dallas, Texas, and is all the more impressive for what the queen of Baduizm does in it. To wit, she takes off all her clothes in public. Beforehand, Badu tweets, “I was afraid.” Afterward, she notes, they “ran like hell.” Like I said the other day, it’s nice to see women with bodies that aren’t reed thin showing off their shapes. Say what you will, but I think this video took some serious cojones. What do you think? Keep reading »