On Tuesday this week my sistah Nojma wrote a piece on her Face book wall about the controversy around Erykah Badu and a video she and her sister Nayrok, did with some male Caucasian band called Flaming lips. You can read the post here. According to Ms. Badu:
You showed me a concept of beautiful tasteful imagery( by way of vid text messages). I trusted that. I was mistaken…You begged me to sit in a tub of that other shit and I said naw. I refused to sit in any liquid that was not water. But Out of RESPECT for you and the artist you ‘appear’ to be, I Didn’t wanna kill your concept , wanted u to at least get it out of your head . After all, u spent your dough on studio , trip to Dallas etc.. Sooo, I invited Nayrok , my lil sis and artist, who is much more liberal ,to be subject of those other disturbing (to me ) scenes . I told u from jump that I believed your concept to be disturbing. But would give your edit a chance. You then said u would take my shots ( in clear water/ fully covered parts -seemed harmless enough) and Nayrok’s part ( which I was not present for but saw the photos and a sample scene of cornstarch dripping ) and edit them together along with cosmic, green screen images ( which no one saw) then would show me the edit. Instead, U disrespected me by releasing pics and rough vid on the internet without my approval. (Contract breech)
She concluded the above statement by attaching this little gem. ” Those nude photos posted by Wayne are of the beautiful Nayrok, my lil sister and bestee. Video looks cosmic. If you haven’t seen the video yet you can see it here…as far as I know, it is still up and circulating in cyber space.
This morning I read this post on a site called Neo-Griot by a brother named Kalamu ya Salaam, called Girls” and the Black Sexuality Double Standard see the story here. New Orleans writer, filmmaker and educator, Kalamu ya Salaam is co-director of Students at the Center, a writing program in the New Orleans public schools.
The above two posts point ti a ongoing, past growing disease that has infected out community and culture, in fact taking on a whole new culture rooted in our need to be as low down and decadent as the most decadent of Caucasian in the west.
Eryka Badu burst on the scene a while back when she got women excited after telling her man to get Tyrone to help him move his shit out of her house. She became the new standard for the moment, as she blew up the old Supremes/ En Vogue cookie cutter like girl group imagery and same bland type of sound, put out by Caucasian men who run the music industry. She became celebrated for her pushing of the creative, artistic envelope, which saw her make a soft porn video called “Window Seat”.
“They who play it safe, are quick to assassinate what they don’t understand,” she speaks, off camera. “They move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another. They feel more comfortable in groups, less guilt to swallow. They are us. This is what we have become, afraid to respect the individual.”
Badu continued later on her twitter feed that:
“We only had 1 shot to get it right,” she wrote. “We didn’t plan the shot. Coodie and I just went raw dog. Too busy lookin for cops and being petrified.”
The singer also explained that the entire scene of her walking and stripping down took just a couple of minutes. They got their footage and ran like hell.
“The people caught in the shot were trying hard to ignore me,” Badu tweeted. “Lol, [except] one guy grabbing [my] clothes. … He disappeared. Didn’t have time to look for him or clothes. We ran. It was the peeps off camera yelling, “I held my head up and kept moving. … There were children there. I prayed they wouldn’t b traumatized.”