"You can sit over there," says the singer, gesturing at a futon in one corner of her living room after her younger sister and assistant lets me in."I don't have a lot of chairs." For nearly 20 years, Badu has been one of R&B's boldest innovators — a hippie dreamer, Earth goddess, Afrofuturist seer, proud mama and occasional pop star.Her whole history is here in this room, where a king mattress occupies much of the floor, next to an orange Fender electric guitar, a waist-high ankh sculpture and an ancient-looking four-track recording console.
Walk up to the second floor and follow the vintage funk beats down a narrow carpeted corridor, and you'll find her place: a cozy two-bedroom artist's pad that radiates warmth and soul.In fact, her primary residence is in her native Dallas, where the 44-year-old singer lives with Seven and her two daughters, 11-year-old Puma (whose father is gangsta-rap pioneer the D. C.) and six-year-old Mars (whose father is mystical-minded Jay Z protégé Jay Electronica).This place, she explains, is where she comes when she needs to unplug.Supporter: Sharon, right, stood by Andre through thick and thin and was his manager during the early days of Outkast; she is pictured here with Rowena Patton, the mother of Outkast partner Antwon 'Big Boi' Patton Benjamin-Hodo was also a humanitarian who founded Starlight Camp, an organisation that helped underprivileged children and was operated out of the New Morning Light Missionary Baptist Church in Conley, Georgia.
Badu and André 3000 (aka André Benjamin) have a lot of history together -- having dated one another for several years in the mid-'90s and sharing a now-18-year-old son, Seven Sirius Benjamin. Jackson" based on his relationship with Badu after their split.
"I don't go outside at all when I'm here," she says between bites of kale salad. I stay in with the shades down; I don't want to know what time it is. It's a recalibrator machine." By any measure, Badu is in the middle of a creative hot streak right now.