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Eccentric Erykah Badu Is The Queen Of Neo-Soul

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Erica Abi Wright known professionally as Erykah Badu is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and the queen of Neo-Soul music.

Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas. Her mother raised her, her brother Eevin, and her sister alone after separating from their father, William Wright Jr. To provide for her family, the children’s maternal and paternal grandmothers often helped look after them.
Read Also: KOKOnista Of The Day: Tiara Thomas’ I Can’t Breathe Is Most Empowering Song You’ll Hear This YearBadu had her first taste of show business at the age of four, singing and dancing at the Dallas Theater Center and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) under the guidance of her godmother, Gwen Hargrove, and uncle TBAAL founder Curtis King.


By the age of 14, Badu was freestyling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove. In her youth, she had decided to change the spelling of her first name from Erica to Erykah, as she believed her original name was a “slave name”. The term “kah” signifies the inner self. She adopted the surname “Badu” because it is her favorite jazz scat sound; also, among the Akan people in Ghana, it is the term for the 10th-born child.

After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Badu went on to study theater at Grambling State University, a historically black university. She left the university in 1993 before graduating, to focus more fully on music. During this time, Badu took several minimum-wage jobs to support herself.
She taught drama and dance to children at the South Dallas Cultural Center. Working and touring with her cousin, Robert “Free” Bradford, she recorded a 19-song demo, Country Cousins, which attracted the attention of Kedar Massenburg. He set Badu up to record a duet with D’Angelo, “Your Precious Love”, and eventually signed her to a record deal with Universal Records.

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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.

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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.

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Destiny Amaka Tells Rape Victims What To Do When No One Believes Them

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Nollywood actress Destiny Amaka has advised victims of rape to make peace with themselves and accept the fact that the incident was not caused by them, hence they should stop blaming themselves for it.

She shared this advice when she spoke to Kemi Filani news in an interview whilst reacting to the s.exual molestation case involving embattled actor, Baba Ijesha and a minor.

Destiny Amaka said a lady who has been raped must first get counselling and forgive herself because it is part of the healing process, however, she cautioned about the kind of person one should talk to as speaking to the wrong person can cause more problems for you.

“Speak out but be sure to make peace with yourself, accept it and know you are not the cause it is not your fault. Once you can stop blaming yourself it’s easier to stand your ground if no one believes you. It’s really hard to give advice as each case is unique to the individuals. Sometimes speaking up at the wrong time to the wrong person could cause more harm than good.

So, be careful who you talk to but do talk to someone. If you have been sexually abused then please try and get counseling and activity. Then work on your healing and forgive yourself first.”

She stated further, ” The rape case is really rampant. Social media once again is shining a light and exposing things that go on daily in a high number of African homes. We need more mainstream adverts published on buses and homes everywhere.

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Radio adverts, tv commercials and local religious institutions need to also play their part with emphasis on sexual abuse as well as create a safe environment for abused children and counseling for the family members. We’ve all got a role to play on this, not just the government.  I’ve been fortunate enough to never experience such terror but I have women close to me who have.”

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How Frustration Led Me Into Big Brother Naija House – Dorathy Bachor Opens Up

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2020 Big Brother Naija First Runner Up, Dorathy Bachor has opened up on how her life was before participating in the reality show.

In an interview she granted monitored by Kemi Filani news, Dorathy revealed that she became frustrated after she lost two jobs but because she still wanted to do business, she wanted an avenue through which she can be seen hence her move to take part in BBNaija.

” I was just that girl hustling and trying to make ends meet but it wasn’t working. I could not maintain one job and I remember that I was running two jobs. However, I got fired from one and had to leave the second one too. I also got frustrated but I knew that business was what I really wanted to do.

I wanted a platform where people could see me and know what I do. That was why I went into the show (BBN).”

She revealed that even after coming out of the Lockdown house when the reality show had ended, he did not spend a kobo on her money because people and fans were gifting her items and cash.

“For two months after the show, I did not use my money to buy anything. I was constantly getting gifts and I still do not understand it. I felt that because people watched me every day and there is something about me they can relate to, they wanted to show me love and give me gifts.”

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You Will Die If You Bath With Hot Water After Drinking Too Much Alcohol – Doctor Advises

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Many people have less or no idea about what constitutes good health and how to keep themselves from harm. Doctor Oluwafunmilayo has warned the public to desist from bathing with hot water when they have a hangover from drinking too much alcoholic beverage.

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The doctor has taken to his page to warn that those who get intoxicated or experience hangover to desist from taking their bath with hot water the following morning because they may drop and die. According to him, some people have the perception that bathing with hot water during a hangover can calm their nerves. He disclosed that it is rather dangerous to the health of a person.

“Someone is just recovering from the hangover of yesterday after many bottles and glasses of alcohol. They will make the mistake of going into the shower to have a hot water bath. DO NOT DO IT. DO NOT TRY IT. Taking a hot water bath with alcohol in your system can make you drop dead.”

According to him, a professional medical opinion is a combination of hot temperature with alcohol in your system can make your heart have an abnormal electrical activity which can lead to sudden death.

“IF you have a hangover: NEVER take a steam bath or a hot shower. Professional medical opinion is a combination of hot temperature with alcohol in your system can make your heart have an abnormal electrical activity which can lead to sudden death. This is NOT a joke. Tell others”.

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