Erykah Badu

Singer, Actor, Dance instructor
Originally part of a rap duo that landed opening slots on big name hip-hop tours in the mid-1990s, singer, songwriter and actress Erykah Badu watched her music career advanced rapidly, with just over two years elapsing ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1971 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

2015 Soul Train Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2016 (Tv Show)

Performer

Legends of Chamberlain Heights 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Land 2016 (Movie)

Turquoise (Actor)

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

BET Hip Hop Awards '11 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Black Girls Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Re:Generation Music Project 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

They Die By Dawn 2012 (Movie)

Stagecoach Mary (Actor)

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Say My Name 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Before the Music Dies 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

House of D 2005 (Movie)

Lady Bernadette (Actor)

Chappelle's Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2003 Essence Music Festival 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 9th Annual Lady of Soul Train Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

10th Annual Trumpet Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Chris Rock Show 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 News Special: The New Soul Generation 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Music's Grammy Preview 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Special 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

Rose Rose (Actor)

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Host

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Queen Mousette (Actor)

R & B '97: Year in Review 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sounds of Summer Preview '98 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

New York Undercover 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sounds of Summer: ABC Preview '97 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (19)

Moonlight 2016 (Movie)

("Tyrone") (Song)

Moonlight 2016 (Movie)

("Tyrone") (Song Performer)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("Window Seat") (Song)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("Window Seat") (Song Performer)

Introducing the Dwights 2007 (Movie)

("Tyrone") (Composer)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Back in the Day") (Song)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Back in the Day") (Song Performer)

House of D 2005 (Movie)

("Melissa") (Song Performer)

The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)") (Music Producer)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)") (Song)

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

("Hollywood" "The Light" (featuring Common)) (Song Performer)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

("Tyrone") (Song)

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

("All Night Long (Remix Version)") (Song Performer)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

("Funky Nassau") (Song Performer)

Damon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Eve's Bayou 1997 (Movie)

("A Child with the Blues") (Song Performer)

High School High 1996 (Movie)

("Your Precious Love") (Song Performer)

Biography

Originally part of a rap duo that landed opening slots on big name hip-hop tours in the mid-1990s, singer, songwriter and actress Erykah Badu watched her music career advanced rapidly, with just over two years elapsing from her late 1995 discovery, subsequent solo record deal, two successful albums and multiple 1997 Grammy wins. Incorporating blues, jazz, soul and hip-hop, Badu created a fresh, edgy sound all her own, smoother than her rap roots and earthier than the polished R&B popular on the airwaves. Caramel-complected, with expressive, heavy-lidded eyes, Badu, who often dons an Afrocentric regal headwrap, was a compelling presence, with a grace and style that matched her beauty. The evocative, "The Color Purple"-inspired video for "On and On" introduced audiences to the singer's onscreen vitality and magnetism. Her honeyed purr complemented the down-to-earth spirituality injected into her lyrics, and won the performer many fans, catapulting her debut album "Baduizm" to platinum status and garnering her two 1997 Grammys. The follow-up album "Live" was released that same year, making the most of her success. This offering featured the unique single "Tyrone," which advised the titular friend of her soon-to-be ex to come over and help his friend clear his things out of her house. Balancing frank and clever lyrics with a pleasant neo-soul sound, Badu's music was used to good effect in films including "Eve's Bayou" (1997) and "The 24 Hour Woman" (1998). In 1999, she released the single "Southern Girl" with rapper Rahzel and won a Grammy for her work on The Roots' track "You Got Me."

Relationships

Common Actor

Companion
Began dating 2000 Broke up April 2003

Andre Benjamin Actor

Companion
no longer together Stage name André 3000 part of the hip-hop duo Outkast father of Badu's son Seven

Seven Benjamin

Son
Born Nobermber 18, 1997 father, Andre Benjamin

Tracy "The D.O.C." Curry Actor

Companion
Better known by his stage name The D.O.C. father of Badu's daughter, Puma Rose no longer together

Puma Curry

Daughter
Born July 5, 2004 father, Tracy Curry

Jay Electronica

Companion
Began dating c. 2006

Kollen Gipson

Mother
Raised Erykah and her other two children alone

William Wright

Father
Left his family when Erykah was young

EDUCATION

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Dallas , Texas 1989
Graduated

Grambling State University

Grambling , Louisiana
Left the university in 1993 before graduating

Milestones

2008

Released first album in five years, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

2006

Featured in the musical documentary, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party"

2005

Cast as a prisoner in David Duchovny's directorial debut, "House of D"

1999

Co-starred in Lasse Hallstrom's "The Cider House Rules," playing migrant worker Rose Rose

1999

Contributed the song "Your Precious Love" (a duet with D'Angelo) to the Marvin Gaye tribute album, Marvin Is 60

1998

Wrote and performed the theme song for the FOX sitcom, "Damon"

1998

Performed as part of Lilith Fair, a touring music festival comprised entirely of female artists

1998

Feature film debut, played Queen Mousette in "Blues Brothers 2000"

1997

Released debut album, Baduizm

1997

Released second album, Live, featuring the hit single "Tyrone"

1997

First TV role, appeared as herself in the FOX series, "New York Undercover"

1995

Signed a solo record deal with Kedar Entertainment

1994

Recorded a demo with Legacy Entertainment

1985

Began working as a rapper on a local radio station in Dallas

Formed the hip-hop duo Erykah Free with cousin Robert 'Free' Bradford

Was the opening act for Method Man, A Tribe Called Quest and Arrested Development

Known for such albums as "Baduizm" and "Mama's Gun"

Popular songs include "On & On" and "Window Seat".

Bonus Trivia

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Badu dropped the surname Wright when she was a teenager, looking to fully emancipate from her slavery roots. She adopted Badu because of the scat-friendly sound it had and later learned it meant "to manifest truth and light" in Arabic.

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