Erykah Badu is supporting an effort to help get old rape kits tested in the City of Detroit.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the sing has partnered with The Right Productions to donate money from her August 12th concert at Chene Park. The funds raised will be donated to the African American 490 Challenge.
The effort last year started urging black women to raise multiples of $490 — the cost of processing a single rape kit. The 490 Challenge is working with Enough SAID.
Shahida Mausi, president and CEO of The Right Productions, said the 490 Challenge would receive $5 from each ticket sold and proceeds from two receptions with Badu.
“This is a huge day for Enough SAID/AA490,” said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy in a statement. “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.”
Michigan and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office tested more than 10,000 kits dating back decades that were found in Detroit in 2009.
For information, call 313-393-0292 or go to www.CheneParkDetroit.com. Tickets for the Erykah Badu concert are available through Ticketmaster or via the Chene Park mobile app.
To donate to the AA490 Challenge, go to www.aa490challenge.org.