Erikah Badu a.k.a Medulla Oblongata a.k.a. Sarah Bellum a.k.a. Analog Girl in A Digital World a.k.a. Fat Belly Bella a.k.a. The A the B the P the L.E.L.E.S on the Mic… and E (some places even known as Manuella Maria Mexico) performed for 2010 Lollapalooza at Adidas Mega Grant Park on August 8, 2010 and the first thing noticeable was her blonde mohawk and huge gold earrings.
After what seemed to be a great performance, Erikah sat down backstage with Billboard.com to talk about her new jewelry line: Funktional Art.
Erykah said of the earrings, they are not just something she bought: The styles are called Baduwings and Earwings and they're the centerpiece of her first-ever line of jewelry.
Fans at her most recent shows were able to purchase the earrings onsale at the merch booth, but anyone will be able to pick up a pair plus other items in her Funktional Art line on erykahbadu.com beginning in late-August or September. Badu says that she has already made arrangements to sell them in boutiques in Chicago, Dallas, New York, London and Paris.
“It's the beginning of a new thing for me,” she said of the jewelry line. “I'm working with different designers to come up with things that fit me and fit the fans who support me and fit the women who feel free and can fly.”