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Her mother raised her, her brother Eevin, and her sister Nayrok alone after their father, William Wright Jr. To provide for her family, the children's maternal and paternal grandmothers often helped to look after them.Badu had her first taste of show business at the age of four, singing and dancing at the Dallas Theater Center and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) under the guidance of her Godmother, Gwen Hargrove, and uncle, and founder of TBAAL, Curtis King.
By 2000, Badu was in a romantic relationship with fellow Soulquarian Common.), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, disc jockey, activist, and actress.Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in 1994 in Fort Worth; record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. New Amerykah Part Two was released in 2010 and fared well both critically and commercially.By the age of 14, Badu was free-styling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove.In her youth, she had decided to change the spelling of her first name from Erica to Erykah, as she believed her original name was a "slave name". She adopted the surname "Badu" because it is her favorite jazz scat sound; also, among the Akan people in Ghana, it is the term for the 10th-born child. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Badu went on to study theater at Grambling State University, a historically black university.