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Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), known professionally as Erykah Badu (), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop, Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s and 2000s along with artists such as D'Angelo and Maxwell. She has been called the Queen of Neo soul. Badu's career began after she opened a show for D'Angelo in 1994 in Fort Worth; record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. Her first album, Baduizm, was released in February 1997. It spawned four singles: "On & On", "Appletree", "Next Lifetime" and "Otherside of the Game". The album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her first live album, Live, was released in November 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.

Her second studio album, Mama's Gun, was released in 2000. It spawned three singles: "Bag Lady", which became her first top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #6, "Didn't Cha Know?" and "Cleva". The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Badu's third album, Worldwide Underground, was released in 2003. It generated three singles: "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)", "Danger" and "Back in the Day (Puff)" with 'Love' becoming her second song to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Badu's fourth album, New Amerykah Part One, was released in 2008. It spawned two singles: "Honey" and "Soldier". New Amerykah Part Two was released in 2010 and fared well both critically and commercially. It contained the album's lead single "Window Seat", which led to controversy.

Badu's voice has been compared to jazz singer Billie Holiday and more modern soulstress Ladi6. Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for her eccentric style, which often included wearing very large and colorful headwraps. She was a core member of the Soulquarians. As an actress, she has played a number of supporting roles in movies including Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and House of D. She also has appeared in the documentaries Before the Music Dies and The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.

quote by Erykah Badu: A lot of people have dementia, which is great, because then they don't recognize me. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

A lot of people have dementia, which is great, because then they don't recognize me.

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quote by Erykah Badu: When you're performing, you're creating a moment. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

When you're performing, you're creating a moment.

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quote by Erykah Badu: In the morning, instead of saying to yourself, ˜I got to wake up' say 'I get to wake up!' with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

In the morning, instead of saying to yourself, ˜I got to wake up' say 'I get to wake up!'

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quote by Erykah Badu: Hip-hop was created out of necessity. We needed to create some digitized things to help us understand what we were feeling. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Hip-hop was created out of necessity. We needed to create some digitized things to help us understand what we were feeling.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I don't have one song that sounds like another one in my entire catalog. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I don't have one song that sounds like another one in my entire catalog.

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quote by Erykah Badu: A lot of people have dementia, which is great, because then they don't recognize me. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

A lot of people have dementia, which is great, because then they don't recognize me.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I really enjoy being the child's 'welcoming committee' and to help someone usher his or her spirit into the world in a very peaceful way is very effortless to me. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I really enjoy being the child's 'welcoming committee' and to help someone usher his or her spirit into the world in a very peaceful way is very effortless to me.

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quote by Erykah Badu: Whenever I think about funk music, it has a look -- and that's how it sounds. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Whenever I think about funk music, it has a look -- and that's how it sounds.

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quote by Erykah Badu: The wise healer endures the pain. Cry. Tears bring joy. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

The wise healer endures the pain. Cry. Tears bring joy.

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quote by Erykah Badu: If you make a decision, a pact with someone, your friend, you should say, 'I'm gonna do this,' and you should stick to it. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

If you make a decision, a pact with someone, your friend, you should say, 'I'm gonna do this,' and you should stick to it.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I have a pair of blue pants that were my favorite for a while and were a part of my show uniform -- every night, you know. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I have a pair of blue pants that were my favorite for a while and were a part of my show uniform -- every night, you know.

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quote by Erykah Badu: You don't have to believe everything you think. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

You don't have to believe everything you think.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My hair is an aesthetic choice… At the same time, how you wear your hair is a political statement as well. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My hair is an aesthetic choice… At the same time, how you wear your hair is a political statement as well.

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quote by Erykah Badu: What draws me to a project is how sympathetic I am toward it, so that I can relax into it and give up myself. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

What draws me to a project is how sympathetic I am toward it, so that I can relax into it and give up myself.

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quote by Erykah Badu: There are millions and billions of atoms of memory of all kinds of musical themes in me. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

There are millions and billions of atoms of memory of all kinds of musical themes in me.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I try to be honest and I keep moving. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I try to be honest and I keep moving.

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quote by Erykah Badu: Riccardo Tisci has an interesting approach to weaving the contemporary with the couture, and blending tribes and collections. It always seems to work. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Riccardo Tisci has an interesting approach to weaving the contemporary with the couture, and blending tribes and collections. It always seems to work.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I was the bohemian in my family, the this is my favorite shoe and I don't care if it has tape around it kind of person. The tape could become a fashion statement. Or a political statement. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I was the bohemian in my family, the this is my favorite shoe and I don't care if it has tape around it kind of person. The tape could become a fashion statement. Or a political statement.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My paternal grandmother gave me the courage to investigate things and not take things at face value or judge people by what I first imagine them to be. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My paternal grandmother gave me the courage to investigate things and not take things at face value or judge people by what I first imagine them to be.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I'm in training to become a midwife. I'm almost there and before I know it I'll be able to open my own practice, if that's what I desire. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I'm in training to become a midwife. I'm almost there and before I know it I'll be able to open my own practice, if that's what I desire.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I know the community mostly for its art and culture... and of course its food, I eat at their restaurants. They make you feel like taking off your shoes... it feels like home. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I know the community mostly for its art and culture... and of course its food, I eat at their restaurants. They make you feel like taking off your shoes... it feels like home.

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quote by Erykah Badu: We mainly focus on putting music, art, dance, theater, all forms of art, back into the community, so the community can put it into the world. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

We mainly focus on putting music, art, dance, theater, all forms of art, back into the community, so the community can put it into the world.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I don't think it matters what school you go to, but I think it's important for parents to be involved. And to know that when school stops, learning continues, and to continue teaching at home. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I don't think it matters what school you go to, but I think it's important for parents to be involved. And to know that when school stops, learning continues, and to continue teaching at home.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My first, my birth mother -- her name is Queenie -- she gave me a powerful medicine when I was a child. She told me that, I was the best, and it helped me so much. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My first, my birth mother -- her name is Queenie -- she gave me a powerful medicine when I was a child. She told me that, I was the best, and it helped me so much.

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quote by Erykah Badu: He definitely does what a partner is supposed to do, that is, evolve you. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

He definitely does what a partner is supposed to do, that is, evolve you.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I don't plan how many people I work with. I don't charge anything. It's for my own learning, and I just enjoy being the welcoming committee. I became a doula by default. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I don't plan how many people I work with. I don't charge anything. It's for my own learning, and I just enjoy being the welcoming committee. I became a doula by default.

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quote by Erykah Badu: What I like about houses like Givenchy. It's easy to pull from. With Givenchy you can accessorize to build anything, any look. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

What I like about houses like Givenchy. It's easy to pull from. With Givenchy you can accessorize to build anything, any look.

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quote by Erykah Badu: We literally just finished making this gown 20 minutes ago. I love it. It's my favorite color. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

We literally just finished making this gown 20 minutes ago. I love it. It's my favorite color.

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quote by Erykah Badu: Hip-Hop is bigger than the government. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Hip-Hop is bigger than the government.

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quote by Erykah Badu: Whereas I want everything to be peaceful during a birth, I take the total opposite approach when I'm helping someone come to terms with leaving this place -- I play Richard Pryor records. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Whereas I want everything to be peaceful during a birth, I take the total opposite approach when I'm helping someone come to terms with leaving this place -- I play Richard Pryor records.

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quote by Erykah Badu: Hip-hop is the people. What the people are moving toward is what hip-hop is. I think people are moving toward a freer way of thinking. Openness. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Hip-hop is the people. What the people are moving toward is what hip-hop is. I think people are moving toward a freer way of thinking. Openness.

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quote by Erykah Badu: A home birth is about being able to create exactly what you want, because it's such a violent moment inside of the body that you want everything else to be as beautiful as it can be. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

A home birth is about being able to create exactly what you want, because it's such a violent moment inside of the body that you want everything else to be as beautiful as it can be.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I'm just being who I am and expressing myself as everyone else does. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I'm just being who I am and expressing myself as everyone else does.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My style is a little masculine, and what I loved about Pyer Moss was how well he can make a blazer, the looseness of those pants, or color palette that he chooses from season to season. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My style is a little masculine, and what I loved about Pyer Moss was how well he can make a blazer, the looseness of those pants, or color palette that he chooses from season to season.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I'm only in competition with my last level. It don't have nothing to do with music or anything. And the last level is hard competition, the last place you were. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I'm only in competition with my last level. It don't have nothing to do with music or anything. And the last level is hard competition, the last place you were.

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quote by Erykah Badu: Now my record deal helps me to do things for free or give more time to my community than I could otherwise. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Now my record deal helps me to do things for free or give more time to my community than I could otherwise.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My girls are very fashionable. They have a very good eye for marrying style and fashion. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My girls are very fashionable. They have a very good eye for marrying style and fashion.

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quote by Erykah Badu: During childbirth and hospice I'll sing gospel songs that my grandma taught me when I was younger, or something I've made up, or I'll hum. I just play things that I think the audience will like. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

During childbirth and hospice I'll sing gospel songs that my grandma taught me when I was younger, or something I've made up, or I'll hum. I just play things that I think the audience will like.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I'm more like an oven than a microwave. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I'm more like an oven than a microwave.

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quote by Erykah Badu: All I want to do is give the world my heart... Record label tryina make me compromise my art. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

All I want to do is give the world my heart... Record label tryina make me compromise my art.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I really can't say what inspires me the most, because I'm inspired by just about everything. My feelings and relationships, my family, Scooby-Doo. Opinion of my work. Everything. Not just one thing. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I really can't say what inspires me the most, because I'm inspired by just about everything. My feelings and relationships, my family, Scooby-Doo. Opinion of my work. Everything. Not just one thing.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I just keep going. When the water's too still, I start splashing around and things jump out of the water. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I just keep going. When the water's too still, I start splashing around and things jump out of the water.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I'm inspired by Earl Sweatshirt. He's a really honest writer, and he's unusually intelligent. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I'm inspired by Earl Sweatshirt. He's a really honest writer, and he's unusually intelligent.

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quote by Erykah Badu: When it come to da:  What it do?! I don't fall for da: Woop- TeE- WoOoo! with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

When it come to da: What it do?! I don't fall for da: Woop- TeE- WoOoo!

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quote by Erykah Badu: That's the moment I learned that the more you believe in yourself, the stronger the vibration touches someone else, and things begin to happen the way you dreamed that they would. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

That's the moment I learned that the more you believe in yourself, the stronger the vibration touches someone else, and things begin to happen the way you dreamed that they would.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I'm learning from them! Everyone says that, but it's true. You learn more about yourself from them than from any other lesson. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I'm learning from them! Everyone says that, but it's true. You learn more about yourself from them than from any other lesson.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My mom was the Diana Ross of our clan. She was always up-to-date, and always knew what to do and what not to do in a fashion sense. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My mom was the Diana Ross of our clan. She was always up-to-date, and always knew what to do and what not to do in a fashion sense.

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quote by Erykah Badu: Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And, to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And, to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure.

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quote by Erykah Badu: We lock ourselves into our own philosophies, our own religions, our own walks of life, and if we fail, we condemn ourselves and then we get sick. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

We lock ourselves into our own philosophies, our own religions, our own walks of life, and if we fail, we condemn ourselves and then we get sick.

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quote by Erykah Badu: When it comes to fashion or any high art, you have to have a combination of delicacy, along with taste. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

When it comes to fashion or any high art, you have to have a combination of delicacy, along with taste.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I come from a long line of matriarchal women, and my greatest teachers were my mothers. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I come from a long line of matriarchal women, and my greatest teachers were my mothers.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I don't sing melodically. Rhyme pattern is how I sing. I also write like a lyricist or an MC because that's what I was before I was a singer. I just took those elements and put them into music. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I don't sing melodically. Rhyme pattern is how I sing. I also write like a lyricist or an MC because that's what I was before I was a singer. I just took those elements and put them into music.

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quote by Erykah Badu: Peace and Blessings manifest with every lesson learned. If your knowledge were your wealth then it would be well earned. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Peace and Blessings manifest with every lesson learned. If your knowledge were your wealth then it would be well earned.

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quote by Erykah Badu: So the most natural thing to me is to stay as pure to or real to or close to who I am as possible. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

So the most natural thing to me is to stay as pure to or real to or close to who I am as possible.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I don't know why, it's just what I feel inside, the thoughts that I sing about. It's just my truth. Sometimes my emotions can be mistaken for messages. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I don't know why, it's just what I feel inside, the thoughts that I sing about. It's just my truth. Sometimes my emotions can be mistaken for messages.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I'm kind of a recluse when it comes to going outside. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I'm kind of a recluse when it comes to going outside.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I encourage breaking free of self inflicted holding pens. I encourage the use of intelligence in every decision. I encourage creating. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I encourage breaking free of self inflicted holding pens. I encourage the use of intelligence in every decision. I encourage creating.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I bring the staple of my culture. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I bring the staple of my culture.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My truth is relevant and my songs are relevant, but I have to recalibrate myself and speed up my vibrations so that I can communicate with the voice of this generation. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My truth is relevant and my songs are relevant, but I have to recalibrate myself and speed up my vibrations so that I can communicate with the voice of this generation.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I think people who vibrate at the same frequency, vibrate toward each other. They call it -- in science -- sympathetic vibrations. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I think people who vibrate at the same frequency, vibrate toward each other. They call it -- in science -- sympathetic vibrations.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I'm a recovering undercover over-lover. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I'm a recovering undercover over-lover.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My favorite jewelry, it's just what I'm feeling at the time. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My favorite jewelry, it's just what I'm feeling at the time.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I'm pretty mutable as a human being, period -- if you put me on Pluto, I can figure it out. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I'm pretty mutable as a human being, period -- if you put me on Pluto, I can figure it out.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My eyes are green, Cause I eat a lot of vegetables, It don't have nothing to do with your new friend. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My eyes are green, Cause I eat a lot of vegetables, It don't have nothing to do with your new friend.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My nine-year-old daughter is very creative and colorful and trendy. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My nine-year-old daughter is very creative and colorful and trendy.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I have an apartment in Brooklyn -- I guess I call it my shrine. I go there to create and recoup, or hibernate sometimes, but my home is in Dallas where I live with my children. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I have an apartment in Brooklyn -- I guess I call it my shrine. I go there to create and recoup, or hibernate sometimes, but my home is in Dallas where I live with my children.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I lived in New York for maybe a year and a half, from '95 to '97, but I live in Dallas. My whole family is there. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I lived in New York for maybe a year and a half, from '95 to '97, but I live in Dallas. My whole family is there.

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quote by Erykah Badu: My eyes are green, Cause I eat a lot of vegetables,
It don't have nothing to do with your new friend. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

My eyes are green, Cause I eat a lot of vegetables,
It don't have nothing to do with your new friend.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I've been a vegetarian since I was 19. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I've been a vegetarian since I was 19.

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quote by Erykah Badu: Artists need some kind of stimulating experience a lot of times, which crystallizes when you sing about it or paint it or sculpt it. You literally mold the experience the way you want. It's therapy. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

Artists need some kind of stimulating experience a lot of times, which crystallizes when you sing about it or paint it or sculpt it. You literally mold the experience the way you want. It's therapy.

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quote by Erykah Badu: I grew up with all mothers, all women. I come from a long line of matriarchs, very strong women. with background image: photo of author Erykah Badu with quote

I grew up with all mothers, all women. I come from a long line of matriarchs, very strong women.

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