- 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.
- 2002, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
- 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Common — Ex-significant Other
- Jay Electronica — Significant Other
- Kolleen Wright — Mother
- William Wright Jr. — Father
- André Benjamin — Ex-significant Other
- The D.O.C. — Ex-significant Other
- Puma Sabti Badu — Daughter
- Mars Merkaba Badu — Daughter
- Seven Sirius Badu — Son
- Attended Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana, United States
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