Return of the Ankh—and of Erykah

It's a long time in coming—Erykah Badu is finally releasing Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh) tomorrow. The album is a followup to the 2008's totally underappreciated release, New Amerykah, Part One (4th World War). Some of her best, most unexpected music is on that album. So I'm excited about the release, to say the least.

It was Erykah, who inspired, what I think was the first themed b-sides—Under Pressure(s) (In her song Cleva, Erykah tells why she's fly even though nowadays her ''nannies'' sag down low'). While Badu sings plenty of songs about love and leaving, she spends LOT of her time exploring self introspection, growth and pride in a world that wants us to assimilate and tow the party line.

The newly premiered video for Window Seat, is no exception. It's caused quite a stir. SPOILER ALERT: Erykah gets buck naked in the video—and not only that—she's done it at the site of Kennedy's assasination! Frankly, I was moved by the end of it (you'll have to watch to find out what happens). While the concept might seem heavy-handed in some ways, I'm so thankful Erykah's still making music and art that makes people think about themselves and how they fit in to society. As much as I love the flash of your Gaga's and Beyoncés, Erykah always hits home with me—her honesty and willingness to talk about less glamourous
stuff than love relationships and fame.

So what do you all think of the video? Love? Hate? Yawn? Weigh in!

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wow

I didnt expect her to start stripping. lol

Badu is bad-ass

I thought this was a great video. To me what came out the strongest is something I saw on Twitter (now lost to the Twitterverse, can't link to it), about how women of color hold the contradictory space of being so invisible yet so criticized, in short, they're extremely marginalized, but when they do make it to the spotlight are scrutinized the harshest. Think of how the recent Vanity Fair cover ignored young actresses of color, or how when Barbara Walters interviewed academy-award winner Mo'nique it was about her childhood abuse and body hair. Badu is revealing herself, putting herself out in the world in the most literal way possible, and the retribution is quick and harsh.

The song is awesome too.