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The legendary soul singer used her sky-high Pharrell hat to collect dollars and dimes on the street.
Erykah Badu may have four Grammy Awards to her name, but apparently her voice is worth less than $4 on the streets of New York.
The legendary soul singer took to Times Square last Friday night, busking for cash with her sky-high Pharrell hat (possibly the same one she wore to hilariously crash that news shot over the summer). Badu sang her heart out for more than 40 minutes and collected, drumroll please, a whopping $3.60 by the end of it.
Watch: This Is Why We Love Erykah Badu
The 43-year-old captured the whole endeavor on her iPhone and edited it down to a 7-minute clip. See the full video below, or watch the highlights in ETonline's player above.
To be fair, singing that you don't want to get a job while asking for their money might not be the best way to »
Next time you walk past a busking musician in your city, take a closer listen -- it could be Erykah Badu. The Grammy-winning R 'n' B songstress hasn't "made a record in bout 3 or 4 years, so" she took to Times Square in NYC last Friday, where she performed an ad-libbed song about needing money in front of dozens of passersby. After what looks to be a few minutes of performing, she wasn't recognized by anyone, and she earned a whopping $3.60 -- just about enough for a juice or a sorbet. Her iPhone recording of the performance was posted to Okay Player. Watch the video here: Badu is still working on her next album, which she has reportedly been recording for at least a year now. Her last release was 2010's "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)." She and Janelle Monae collaborated on the excellent song "Q.U.E. »
- Dave Lewis
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Erykah Badu recently went busking on the streets on NYC, and all she got for her trouble was a measly $3.60. The singer released a video of herself doing a street-singing experiment, and, aside from one fan spotting her before she started to perform, no one even gave her a second look. To be fair, she did try to disguise herself by removing her infamous hat, but you'd think that at least one person would recognize the Grammy-winning singer! Luckily, Erykah didn't appear too bothered by the low amount of cash that she scored. (She did only sing for less than five minutes, after all.) Of course, she's no stranger to viral-video stunts on the streets of NYC, so maybe she was just happy that she pulled off her secret gig. Front Page Image Source: Getty / Josh Brasted »
Times are tough, so Erykah Badu recently hit the streets of New York City to try and make some money. In the latest of Badu's New York antics, she decided to give busking a shot, choosing a busy corner and setting up for an impromptu show. In June, she was caught on-camera during a live news report about Shia Labeouf's arrest, trying to kiss the reporter and giving a rude gesture. Although other media reports claim she was singing from Times Square, Badu was actually on the corner of Bryant Park at 42nd Street and Avenue of Americas. See photos: Zoe Saldana, »
- Jason Hughes
New Yorkers tend to be pretty oblivious of their surroundings, as evidenced by this video of Queen of Neo-Soul Erykah Badu busking anonymously on the streets of New York, during which time she makes a grand total of $3.60. That, funnily enough, is the exact amount she references in her hit song "On and On," when she sings, "I was born under water with three dollars and six dimes.” New York may be full of jerks, but it’s also full of synchronicity! (Mostly jerks, though.) »
- Anna Silman
Fans of Erykah Badu would likely pay big bucks to see the singer live and in concert. So when the R&B songstress stepped out in disguise Friday night to sing on the streets of New York City, the idea that she would earn a substantial amount of dough seems plausible. "I kind of always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets," she said in her personal video. "I'm going to find a good place to stop and do it." But as strangers began walking past the singer, the 43-year-old was shocked to watch what was unfolding. In the video that is seven minutes long, hardly anybody recognizes the talented artist known for her hit songs like "Window »
It’s been a quarter of a century since “Do The Right Thing,” and yet the film’s themes could not be more current, particularly in light of the events unfolding this week in Ferguson, Missouri. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Spike Lee teamed up with Beats Music for a short documentary on the film (via Variety). “Do The Right Thing 25 Year Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience” is comprised of two halves. The first focuses on the trio of Lee, Danny Aiello and production designer Wynn Thomas walking around the film's iconic Bed-Stuy block —Stuyvesant Ave. between Lexington and Quincy Aves.— revealing some interesting details about production alongside some quick interviews with current residents and a few members of the film’s cast. The latter half takes place at a block party Lee hosted in June with special guests including Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes »
- Cain Rodriguez
What’s most intriguing about the cinematic treatment of Brown’s life – both on- and off-screen – is that so much of it took place in front of a camera. In fact, Elvis Presley aside, it’s hard to think of a more physical performer that spent so much time being captured on film in the early days of the rock n’ roll/rhythm and blues era.
Brown’s popularity rose and sustained itself for so long that it’s often easy to forget that while he was a fixture well into his more funk-driven days of the 1970s alongside the likes of George Clinton, he got his start as a contemporary of Little Richard.
By time 1964 rolled around and The Beatles and The Rolling Stones »
- Shane McNeil
New York news reporter Mario Diaz doesn't recognize the singer at first, shoving her away rather forcefully.
Anything can happen on the streets of New York – especially when there are news cameras involved.
New York’s Pix 11 reporter Mario Diaz learned this the hard way on Friday, when a "fan" encroached on his live shot and went in for a smooch. So why has the clip gone viral? Said "fan" is actually four-time Grammy Award winner Erykah Badu.
The 43-year-old can be spotted in a large, brimmed white hat (she was rocking that style long before Pharrell) smiling cheekily behind Diaz as he reports on Shia Labeouf's recent arrest. Moments later, she approaches from Diaz’s left and goes in for a kiss. Diaz reacts promptly, shoving Badu away with a curt “excuse me!”
Badu initially denied the shenanigans on Twitter, responding with a simple "nope" when a fan asked about the incident. Later in the »
Oh, the hazards of live TV. Sometimes you flub a line, and sometimes your news report about Shia LeBeouf gets interrupted by Erykah Badu and her hat. That's exactly what happened to Mario Diaz of New York City's PIX11 news during the 5 p.m. nightly news broadcast on Friday. Just as he was trying to explain the bizarre antics of another celeb, Badu strode into frame and then tried to plant one on Diaz, who handled the kiss ambush like a pro. Of course, he and the PIX11 audience didn't immediately realize that the news-ruining, large-hatted stranger was a famous singer. »
- Drew Mackie
Erykah Badu is the opposite of camera shy! The 43-year-old singer hilariously crashed a Pix 11 news report on Friday in New York City. As she walked by reporter Mario Diaz, who was stationed outside the London Hotel to do a report on Shia Labeouf‘s arrest, she approached him from behind and tried to plant a kiss on his cheek! But, Diaz kept his cool and fended her off with a polite "excuse me.Erykah later apologized to the reporter on Twitter, saying, "@MarioPIX11 sorry Mario. :-)))))" Diaz had a sense of humor about it all and tweeted a Prince lyric: "I get it because... "'Ain't no particular sign I'm more compatible with I just want your extra time and your..... kiss.'""#Btw my wife and 2-year-old were 20 yards away when it happened," he added. "She saw the roll up, you putting on hat & everything."Luckily, Mrs. Diaz wasn't upset about Badu's little stunt. »
- tooFab Staff
Erykah Badu is the opposite of camera shy! On Saturday, the 43-year-old singer happened upon New York reporter Mario Diaz filming a live segment for Pix 11. Badu interrupted the broadcast, grinning from widely as she approached Diaz from behind and attempted to plant a kiss on his cheek! But this Pix 11 pro didn't lose his cool on the air! Instead, he quickly and politely rebuffed Badu's playful advances. "Excuse me, excuse me," Diaz said, attempting to put an arm's length of distance between himself and Badu. But without missing a beat, Diaz continued the tail end of his segment covering Shia Labeouf's recent troubles. He threw back to the anchor, noting that Labeouf »
It's been 25 years today, June 30, since director Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing film hit theaters, and this drama not only holds a lot of significance for many across the country, it was also the film President Barack Obama took First Lady Michelle Obama to see on their first date.
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To celebrate the movie's anniversary, a celebration was thrown in Brooklyn -- where Dave Chappelle, Public Enemy's Chuck D and Erykah Badu were in attendance-- and the Obamas made a video message for the special occasion. "Do The Right Thing was actually the first thing we saw together on our first official date," Michelle, 50, admitted. "He was trying to show me his sophisticated side by selecting an independent filmmaker."
The President quipped, "I took her to this new movie everybody was talking about directed »
Erykah Badu made a surprise appearance on a local news show when she pranked NYC's PIX11 reporter Mario Diaz by trying to kiss him live on air. On Friday, Mario was reporting on Shia Labeouf's Broadway arrest when Erykah noticed the news crew filming and proceeded to stop and wave at the camera and eventually go in for a smooch. Mario didn't appear to be too happy about the on-air kiss, but he later promised not to do "the NYC push back" when Erykah apologized to him on Twitter. He also mentioned that his wife and 2-year-old son were nearby when Erykah went in for her kiss but that, after his wife realized what happened, she said Erykah had "great taste." @fatbellybella I get it because... "Ain't no particular sign I'm more compatible with I just want your extra time and your..... kiss" — Mario Diaz (@MarioPIX11) June 28, 2014 Source: Getty »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Erykah Badu Crashes News Broadcast
Diaz was reporting on Shia Labeouf’s arrest from Manhattan Friday evening when Badu was spotted walking behind him. Wearing a large hat, Badu walked slowly in the background making faces and rude gestures before approaching Diaz and leaning in for a kiss. Diaz, focused on his broadcast, pushed Badu away with an “excuse me,” not even registering who his crasher was.
nope. “@StevieTrees47: @fatbellybella is that you? https://t.co/toWbpmgp0x”
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) June 27, 2014
Badu And Diaz Bond On Twitter
Once viewers identified Badu as the lady who tried to kiss Diaz on the news, the clip went viral and Badu apologized to Diaz via Twitter. Diaz and Badu have been exchanging tweets ever since, joking about the incident. »
Pharrell won big at the 2014 Bet Awards, beating out two Beyoncé videos for Video of the Year and performing with surprise guest Missy Elliot.
2014 Bet Awards
Chris Rock hosted the awards, which featured an incredible number of performers ranging from Best New Artist winner August Alsina to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Lionel Richie. While receiving his big honor, the techs at the Bet awards misspelled Richie’s name on the screen, writing it “R-i-t-c-h-i-e” instead.
Welp Bet spelled Lionel's name wrong #noT #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/7A0ZZvidxV
— Bg TeamKnowItAll.com (@Brittany_Geneva) June 30, 2014
Other performers included T.I. and Iggy Azalea, who performed their single “No Mediocre” before going into Azalea’s hit “Fancy,” and Nicki Minaj , who performed “Chi-Raq” and “Pills N Potions.” Robin Thicke also performed, making another awkward plea to his estranged wife Paula Patton. Thicke dedicated the song to her, saying, “I miss you and I’m sorry. »
Let’s say that you were a PIX11 reporter doing a live shot on the 5 p.m. news about Shia Labeouf’s arrest, and you were going to wind up getting videobombed as you tried to wrap up this segment on a Manhattan street. Who would be the perfect suspect to perpetrate this devious and disorienting crime? If you said Shia Laboeuf… well, that’s actually a really good and meta choice. But it was actually Erykah Badu, decked out in a Hoi (hat of interest). Standing behind Pix’s Mario Diaz, the singer made a family-unfriendly gesture in which »
- Dan Snierson
Local news reporter Mario Diaz of New York station Wpix 11 got an unwelcome surprise when R&B singer Erykah Badu interrupted him during a live report. Diaz was in the middle of a story about former “Transformers” star Shia Labeouf‘s recent arrest, when a woman wearing a large white hat awkwardly walked into the frame, made an obscene gesture and tried to kiss him. Also read: Red Carpet Reporters Slam Disastrous Daytime Emmys Pre-Show The incident happened during Wpix's 5 p.m. newscast on Friday. Diaz didn't know who the woman was — pushed her away and called her “a fan. »
- Anita Bennett
While reporting on the Shia Labeouf incident on Friday, Pix 11 reporter Mario Diaz had his own celebrity encounter when a white hat–wearing Erykah Badu interrupted his standup by attempting to kiss him on the cheek. The mischievous Badu must have had some free time on Friday in between performing at Dave Chappelle's show, seeing Kara Walker's A Subtlety, and hanging out in Bed-Stuy at the 25th anniversary for Do the Right Thing. Even though Diaz's wife witnessed the whole thing, they both took it in stride once they realized that this was the fun kind of kooky celebrity encounter and not the violent kind. Watch the incident and read the Twitter postmortem: »
- E. Alex Jung
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