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10 Things Erykah Badu Did in the Last 20 Years That You Probably Forgot About

Erykah Badu

Part of the 1990's neo-soul subgenre, singer-songwriter Erykah Badu has been an actress, producer and activist. Here’s ten things she’s been up to the past twenty years!
#1: It is said André 3000 used their 1995-1999 relationship as inspiration for the song “Ms. Jackson.”

#2: In 2000, her single “Bag Lady” spent seven weeks on the top of the R&B charts and received a Grammy Award nomination.

#3: Working with kids affected by poverty and AIDS, she traveled to Africa in February 2003 through her B.L.I.N.D. foundation.

#4: Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, and Erykah founded the Sugar Water Festival in 2005 to bring awareness to African-American women’s health issues.

#5: Making her debut as the face of Tom Ford’s White Patchouli fragrance in 2008, Erykah moved into the world of fashion.

#6: Filming her song “Window Seat” in March 2010 at the site of the John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas, she sparked a controversy.

#7: She’s been featured on a variety of other artist’s albums including Rocketjuice and The Moon, Flying Lotus, The Creator and Janelle Monáe.

#8: At the 2000 Black Reel Awards, she won for best supporting actress in 1999’s The Cider House Rules.

#9: Her Malaysian concert in February 2012 was canceled due to an Allah temporary tattoo found on her person.

#10: Recently she’s had controversy over her perceived support of Bill Cosby and R. Kelly.