There’s no question that Erykah Badu isn’t afraid to speak out on controversial topics and issues. The “Tyrone” singer loves to use her platform to express herself and her most inner thoughts, no matter what backlash it may lead to. This time around, Erykah is contributing to a great cause with her own paycheck, despite some controversy surrounding it.
Erykah’s concert money will fund a rape kit campaign.
Erykah Badu has a Detroit concert this coming August at the Chene Park Amphitheater, which will be in support of the African American 490 Challenge. She has decided to donate her entire paycheck from the show to support a campaign that processes abandoned rape kits stuck in storage. The campaign hopes to find the criminals that are connected to each kit.
Her money will be used towards the 490 Challenge.
The Challege has Enough SAID as a partner, which is the Michigan Women’s Foundation campaign that is working on retrieving the 10,000 kits in the Detroit Police storage in order to test them. The name comes from the amount of money each kit costs, which is $490.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy commended her.
She said of the singer’s involvement, “This is a huge day for Enough SAID/AA490. Everyone knows that Erykah Badu is a major, major talent in the music and song-writing industry. For her to lend her name, talent and time to this work is nothing short of a miracle. Justice for these forgotten sexual assault victims has been given a phenomenal assist.”