André 3000 Is Moving On in Film, Music and Life

Question: You’ve been attached to various Hendrix projects over the years. What did you hope to convey about him through this one?

Andre 3000: I thought, “What would Hendrix want people to know that’s not on YouTube?” He’s a god, he’s an idol. But he did that onstage. He was totally the opposite in real life.

Question: Given that playing Hendrix had been discussed for so long, were you reluctant?

Andre 3000: I may have said it to John [Ridley]: “Man, I’m old. I have gray hair. Get some young unknown kid to play Hendrix.” I turned it down. They kept at it. I actually asked my son, [Seven]. He said, “Yeah, man.” Honestly, I needed it in my life, too. Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut. Sometimes, when you’re alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldn’t let them down.

Question: What spoke to you about this particular Hendrix treatment?

Andre 3000: Really, this movie is about what made him. You study any great artist, there’s always women that help support that or turn them on to new things.

Question: The film shows how open he was to letting women in.

Andre 3000: It’s funny, the parallels [to me]. People like to joke about [his former girlfriend] Erykah Badu, the mother of my child: “Oh, you completely changed.” I was on my path before I even met Erykah. But one thing I can say. I’m singing around the house, and Erykah’s like: “That sounds great. Why you not doing it?” [Read More]

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youngbacchus:

Erykah Badu—Honey, 2008

  1. Diana Ross-Blue; ”Imma Boss-Boo
  2. Eric B. & Rakim-Paid in Full; ”Erykah B. & Shaqif-Played as Hell
  3. The Beatles-Let it Be; What It Do”
  4. Nas-Illmatic; ”Liah-All Ready
  5. Funkadelic-Maggot Brain; ”Control Freaq-Fertilizer
  6. Grace Jones-Nightclubbing; ”Loretta Brown-Churchgoing”
  7. Ohio Players-Honey; ”Okay Player”
  8. Olivia Newton John-Physical; ”Olord-Please”
  9. Earth Wind & Fire-Head to the Sky; ”Erykah Badu-Hell to the Naw’l”
  10. Minnie Riperton-Perfect Angel; ”Making Money-Pray for Me”

therockballerina:

A fashion/iconic history moment for those that don’t know.. Goddess Erykah Badu’s 2014 Met Gala “look” was evoking the energy of MOTHER Goddess Grace Jones NOT Pharrell. Thank you.. Goodnight.

Black to the Future | Bitch Media

Today’s women Afrofuturist musicians are more overtly aligning Afrofuturism and feminism. Writer and artist Tanekeya Word says that while Afrofuturist feminism is similar to “cyberfeminism” (in which the cyborg is the ultimate evolution), it is ultimately “rooted in ethnicity and gender.” Afrofuturist feminism and cyberfeminism both exist within a radical feminist context, one in which, historically, Word says, “unity amongst women left no room in their structure for race, othering the black body within feminism for decades.” But in contrast to Donna Haraway’s 1991 “A Cyborg Manifesto,” where cyborgs are genderless and operate outside of race, procreation, or family structures in a technology- and progress-obsessed future, Afrofuturist feminists “do not need to eradicate the black or female body nor the history it has witnessed.”

Word goes on to note that although “Afrofuturist feminists [may] shape-shift, hybridization, including robotics, may occur—it’s not a permanent state that negates the black female body” entirely. So, Seattle duo THEESatisfaction can explore Afrofuturism through the song “Earthseed,” based on the sci-fi series of the same name by Octavia E. Butler, in which she details a fictional religion based on the concept “God is Change”—and then on the same album, produce a jam like “QueenS,” which is all about getting down in the here and now. In the music video, you’ll see the most fashionable house party you can imagine—all bright colors and prints, dangly earrings, ’fros and braids—and a celebration of queer female friendship.

Erykah Badu - 20 Feet Tall

whentidessubside:

Erykah Badu - 20 Feet Tall

Then you, you built a wall a
20 foot wall so I couldnt see
But if I get off my off my knee
I might recall Im 20 feet tall

deedwyerart:

Erykah Badu 

Photography: Dee Dwyer