Erykah Badu has always been one for female empowerment, and this time around is no different. She’s using her power to raise money for justice for women who were victims of sexual assault and rape.
Badu, along with the Right Productions company, will donate proceeds from her upcoming concert in Detroit to the African-American 490 Challenge. The 490 Challenge, in partnership with the Michigan Women’s Foundation, is leading a campaign to raise money for the testing of over 11,300 untested rape kits found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit in 2009. The donated money will be covering the $490 cost of testing each kit and investigating deeper into the results of each test.
Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy has released a statement saying how glad she is to have Erykah on board to help the women in these cases have their situation brought to light:
“This is a huge day for Enough SAID/AA490. Everyone knows that Erykah Badu is a major, major talent in the music and song-writing industry. For her to lend her name, talent and time to this work is nothing short of a miracle. Justice for these forgotten sexual assault victims has been given a phenomenal assist.”
If you’d like to be apart of this cause, Badu is performing at the Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit on August 12.