Fast Facts

  • Worked as a waitress in Steve Harvey's comedy club in Dallas.
  • Appeared nude in public while being filmed for the music video for the song Window Seat; the video ends on the exact spot in Dallas where John F. Kennedy was shot.
  • Known as the First Lady of Neo-Soul.
  • Has appeared in numerous movies including Blues Bothers 2000 and Cider House Rules.
  • Founder of the charity Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.) to serve inner-city youth through the arts.
  • Is a practicing vegan.


  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner


  • Seven Sirius Badu — Son
  • André Benjamin — Ex-significant Other
  • Puma Sabti Badu — Daughter
  • The D.O.C. — Ex-significant Other
  • Common — Ex-significant Other
  • Jay Electronica — Significant Other
  • Mars Merkaba Badu — Daughter
  • Kolleen Wright — Mother
  • William Wright Jr. — Father


  • Attended Grambling State University, Grambling, LA


  • Birth Name: Erica Abi Wright
  • Birth Place: Dallas, TX
  • Birthday: February 26, 1971, Pisces
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician

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