Erykah Badu is back — fully clothed this time

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by GARY COGILL

WFAA

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 11:37 PM

GRAND PRAIRIE — The last view we had of singer Erykah Badu was the controversial music video she made, stripping naked in the streets of downtown Dallas.

On Monday night, Badu was in concert at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie for her first local concert appearance since her nude stroll for a music video at the site of the Kennedy assassination.

Badu took the stage about 40 minutes late, but I like her music. She remains one of the more eclectic, unusual, and remarkable artists in recording history.

Almost every seat was spoken for at Badu's performance Monday. She stood on stage between two computer screens with her backup band behind her, dressed in a top hat and tails.

Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas. She has three children and is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Her acting career includes roles in "Blues Brothers 2000" and "The Cider House Rules."

Badu is known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul." Her music is filled with jazz influences.

And she was behaving herself on Monday night.

E-mail gcogill@wfaa.com

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