*Oh, it’s just a great year for concerts, music and good sounds.
Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Musiq Soulchild came together on Sunday for the 33rd Annual United Negro College Fund’s Evening of Stars fundraising ceremony in Pasadena, Calif.
While the event was all about highlighting outstanding students who have attended or are currently enrolled in historically Black colleges, the event was phenomenal for music fans.
The artists certainly strutted their stuff and made a big scene, in a good way, with Badu’s change-up style. She wore massive gold chains, colorful tights, and a wide brim hat. She sang from her “Mama’s Gun” collection, released in 2001.
“This event is important to me because the UNCF is about education, and education is important to me,” Soulchild told The BoomBox.
Very supportive of the program, he continued saying:
“There’s always going to be something that you don’t know. The concept of college is to help you gain higher learning,” the R&B crooner said. “The difference between attempting to carry on your life without going through college is a world of difference. The benefits of it [college] are lifelong. What had to happen through the years, for us [African-Americans] to even have this [college] as a privilege to entertain… the least you can do is honor that. There are a lot of people that put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this organization so out of respect for the people that came before you, let their dream shine. The more educated you are, the more options you have.”
The event raised more than $200 million, which will go to helping thousands of college students.
In other news, for those of you who fell into his trap, Badu is not getting back with D.O.C. Her publicist cleared up the rumors and insisted that the father of their seven-year-old daughter Puma is just that … the father.
D.O.C. gave an interview with The Dallas Observer and apparently implied a romantic connection between him and the singer. He even stated that they are living together.
But it’s oh so not true, Badu says.
“Erykah Badu and The D.O.C. share parental responsibilities for their daughter and their relationship as it regards that aim is very good. Erykah has no plans to marry or have any sort of courtship with the D.O.C.,” says Paul Levatino, spokesperson for Badu’s company Badu World.
“Ms. Badu has no plans to allow a reality show to be filmed in her private Dallas residence or to include any of her children in the filming. Ms. Badu has no concrete plans further than a guest appearance in his reality show. The D.O.C.’s comments were either taken out of context, improperly interpreted, or reflective of his now, not-so-secret desires. Whatever the case, Erykah wishes D.O.C. well both spiritually and professionally.”