The wait is finally over. After waiting for what felt like forever, Erykah Badu is finally coming home!
Three weeks ago the Favrot Student Union Board shocked their GramFam Instagram followers by dropping the Homecoming concert fliers. Many followers were thrilled, including a large number of alumni who eagerly began to prepare their return.
“I NEED tickets to the Erykah Badu concert for homecoming,” one former resident texted. “This is not a want. This is a NEED!” said Jauna Crear, an attorney in New Orleans.
Erykah Badu was born Erica Wright in Dallas, Texas, on February 26, 1971.
After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she stepped foot on Grambling State University’s campus in the early ‘90s. She was a theater major as well as a campus queen, having been crowned Miss Floyd L. Sandle Players.
“She was a very multi-talented individual,” said Karl Norman, a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts who was one of Erykah’s instructors. “Very curious about being creative in a unique way.”
After deciding to follow her music career Badu left GSU in 1993. Thus moving her back to her hometown to teach drama and dance to children at the South Dallas Cultural Center.
Badu’s career began to take off as she came out with her first album Baduizm in 1997.
Over that period of time she has became a very influential individual. One of whom critics would not call a “normal” artist. Badu is noted for standing up for what she believes in as well as just being herself.
She has received many award nominations as well as awarded a numerous amount of awards, and is still being recognized today.
Along with being music Mongol, Badu is a DJ, a fashionista, a vine celebrity and one the coolest moms!
“I am super excited!” said Mionne Destiny Featherstone a junior theater major from Atlanta, Ga. “To finally be able to see one of the women that have influenced my music heavily – live is an opportunity I will not miss!”
The concert will be held Friday in the T.H. Harris Auditorium and is open to students and non – students.