Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
As the birthplace of the nation, Philly's history roots run deep — and, black history is no exception.
Philadelphia has been called home by some of the most pivotal figures in African American entertainment, past and present. Jazz great John Coltrane, classical music diva Marianne Anderson, The Sound of Philadelphia producers Gamble & Huff, R&B/Soul diva Jill Scott, and mega-star Will Smith, all got their start right here on the streets of Philly.
So, it's no surprise that during the month of February, the city comes alive with tons of concerts, exhibits, and creative programs celebrating Black History Month. Whether you're looking for family fun at the African American Museum, a late night jazz jam at popular soul food joint Warmdaddy's, or hoping to catch dinner and a Broadway show on the Avenue of the Arts — Philly 360° has got you covered.
We're jump-starting your Black History Month celebration with a few can't-miss events. Check out our top picks for a Black History Month experience that only Philly can provide.
When: Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8, 7:30 & 10 p.m. shows
Where: Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd.
More Info: warmdaddys.com
Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. To celebrate Black History Month, Jeff is bringing his A-game to Warmdaddy's for two amazing nights of jazz and feel-good soul. And, he's not coming alone. Both nights Jeff will be joined on stage by the smooth and sultry jazz tones of BASSic Black Entertainment singer/songwriter Laurin Talese.
When: Through February
Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: $14 admission, $10 students/youth
More Info: aampmuseum.org
For the entire month of February, The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is buzzing with black history month happenings for the entire family. AAMP will kick off its month-long series of programs on February 1, with a screening of the award-winning documentary The Contradictions of Fair Hope, which is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and scored by Christian McBride. On February 8, museum guests will explore the languages, music, and religions of South Africa with Zulu native Godfrey Sithole. And, on February 22, the talented members of the Tiberino family will give an intimate tour their work in the AAMP's exciting new exhibit, The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family.
When: Through April 25
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $22 adults, $10 students, Free for members
More Info: barnesfoundation.org
In January, The Barnes Foundation opened Magic Ladders, featuring work by international art sensation Yinka Shonibare, MBE. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare's colorful and thought-provoking work has been shown all across the US and Europe, and explores European art and history through the lens of race, colonialization, slavery and commerce. The exhibit includes approximately 15 of Shonibare's colorful and and imaginative creations, including paintings, photographs, a full-room installation, and his signature life-sized mannequins dressed in colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe, but most closely associated with Africa.
When: Friday, February 5, 5 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission
More Info: philamuseum.org
Swing into the Black History Month festivities, as Dandy Wellington and his band set the mood with Mood Indigo: A Harlem Renaissance Retrospective, part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5 program. The special set at PMA features compositions jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and others.
When: February 18 - 23
Where: Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Streets
Cost: Ticket prices vary
More Info: kimmelcenter.org
Written in 1935, Gershwin's Porgy & Bess was the first musical in history to use an entire cast of classically-trained African Americans — a daring choice for the time. Now, the 2012 Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical, comes to the Academy of Music in a stunning production that includes the legendary songs “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and other classic hit songs.
When: Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m.
Where: The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street
More Info: Click here to buy tickets online.
Philly-based choreographer Roger Lee explodes on the scene with his First Annual Black History Celebration Concert at The Performance Garage in Fairmount. The emerging dance company will pay tribute to black history, exploring the hardship of slavery and segregation, while looking at black dance's influence on urban culture through the lens of soul, pop, and rock music.
World Changers: Here's the perfect chance to give back to your community, and honor the legacy and life work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Monday, January 20, thousands of volunteers will take to the streets of Philadelphia for one of the country's largest service projects, The 19th Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service.
Want in on the MLK Day of Service action? Then make your way to Philly, and join in one of the many service projects in need of a few helping hands. From mural paintings, and park clean-ups to concerts and other MLK inspired performances, Philly will be buzzing with tons of activities geared toward making a brighter tomorrow for all.
Visit the MLK Day of Service website to register, and browse the full lists of projects and events. As always, we've pulled together a list of Philly 360° Top Picks to get you started. But first, grab a little MLK inspiration by watching this video produced by Art Sanctuary with over a dozen Philadelphia leaders, artists and everyday heroes reading Dr. King's iconic "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
Be sure to check out this MLK inspired video from Art Sanctuary, and our Philly 360° MLK Day of Service Top Picks!
When: Monday, January 21, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: The African American Museum of Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
More Info: Click here for details.
AAMP celebrates MLK Day with a special day of workshops, performances and volunteer opportunities. Guests are invited to donate food for the ChAAMPs Against Hunger Philabundance Food Drive, engage in hands-on service projects, and explore the museum's exhibits throughout the day. The celebrate also features special MLK inspired performances, including a break dance program at noon, and a show stopping appearane by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.
When: Saturday, January 18 - Monday, January 20
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
More info: www.easternstate.org
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Eastern State Penitentiary's annual MLK event. This weekend, visitors can watch professional actors read excerpts from Dr. King's iconic writing, Letter From Birmingham Jail. Guests will also have a chance to read his letter on camera, as Art Sanctuary joins in the festivities with crafts and their initiative, Read With Me: The MLK Project.
When: Monday, January 20
Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish
More info: Click here for more details.
This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will again serve as a workshop site for the Philly's MLK Day of Service. Throughout the day workshops will be held for people of all ages, and The Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team will bring down the house with an electrifying performance. Museum admission will be pay-what-you-wish in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
When: Monday, January 21
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: $16.50 adults, $14 children
More Info: Click here for full details.
Participate in a Science Scavenger Hunt and discover the amazing breakthroughs made by famous African American scientists. Young guest will have the opportunity to make a colorful and inspirational dreamcatcher, and Dr. King's powerful "I Have Dream" speech will be broadcast once an hour at the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.
When: Monday, January 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 2101 W. Cecil B. Moore Avenue
More Info: Click here for details.
Presented by The City of Philadelphia's Philly Rising initiative, this daylong celebration will include a youth basketball tournament, the installation of a new mural in the center’s gymnasium, a concert performance, and a series of inspirational speakers throughout the day.
This weekend, you can get a taste of Philly's diverse and vibrant creative scene, as The Barnes Foundation gets into the First Friday action with their Philadelphia Artists Spotlight.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso. In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
So, to celebrate First Friday, and the diversity found within the Philly creative scene, The Barnes has pulled together an extra fresh lineup of dancers, poets and performing artists for an entertaining exploration of all things Philly.
The spotlight will include performances by Pattern is Movement, a two-man indie rock band who will pay tribute to the music of famed hip-hop producer J Dilla; Latina performance troupe Las Gallas performing their signature work Ghetto Bolera; DJ extraordinaire Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective holding down the First Friday playlist; theater collective Team Sunshine; and poetry by the infamous spoken word duo Yellow Rage.
With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists ready to throw down in their own unique way—The Barnes is the only place to be for this upcoming First Friday. Grab your crew, and come out to watch these artists shine like only Philly stars can.
When: Friday, December 6, 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, members freee
More Info: Click here to reserve your ticket online.
Do you know blackness when you see it? This is the question Dr. Yaba Blay, one of today's leading voices on global skin color politics, asks with her new book, (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. The book officially releases this week from Blay's recently-launched independent press company, BLACKprint Press.
Yaba introduced (1)ne Drop to her quickly expanding network of followers earlier this year, and over the summer successfully ran a Kickstarter pre-sale campaign, which raised over $22,000 to fund the project. Since then, (1)ne Drop has been generating some serious buzz. In the last month alone, Yaba has appeared on W. Kumau Bell's show, Totally Unbiased, presented a sold-out show as part of the First Person Arts Festival, and even graced the front cover of the Philadelphia Weekly.
To celebrate (1)ne Drop's early successes and the book's official release, Yaba is throwing a release party at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City—and appropriately on Black Friday. The event will feature light fare, wine, and a fresh soundtrack provided courtesy of Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective. Also, party guests can browse an amazing two-floor exhibit of the portraits from the (1)ne Drop in the Painted Bride's gallery space.
The event is totally free, so make sure you grab a copy of Dr. Blay's book. And, since it is Black Friday, you might just want to pick up a couple of extra copies to hand out as gifts during the holiday. We'll see you there.
When: Friday, November 29, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
More info: http://bit.ly/1gMtuLM
As the birthplace of our nation, Philly is a city of "firsts", and home to tons of one-of-a-kind creative places, people and events. So, it'll come as no surprise that the only festival in the world dedicated to the art and power of storytelling, The First Person Arts Festival, happens right here.
From November 6-16, First Person Arts' innovative and entertaining festival explodes with 11 days of fantastic events that celebrate the power of the personal story through stand-up storytelling, theater, story slams, poetry, music, memoir writing, dance and more. And, this year FPA is definitely taking the festival to an entirely new level.
On November 6, the festivities kick off with Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, and former US Laureate Rita Dove for Conversation & Song: Walking the Laureate Road. Talk about a triple-threat, right? And, as if that wasn't enough, the second week of the festival will see Sonia return to discuss The Politics of Poetry with Chicana author Ana Castillo, and long-time activist and author Angela Davis.
Other Philly-fresh festival events include hip-hop and breakdance pioneer Raphael Xavier's first solo show, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, and Dr. Yaba Blay's groundbreaking book release, exhibit and storytelling event (1) Drop Live. This year's festival will also see the return of signature FPA events, including the always sold-out GrandSlam, a Festival StorySlam, and Kevin Allison's hit live podcast taping Risk!.
You can check the full First Person Festival schedule online, and be sure to take a look at the Philly 360° Package, which offers three of our favorite festival programs at one low price. Okay, so get out there and experience another exclusively Philly experience with the 12th Annual The First Person Festival. Let's go!
When: November 6 - 16, 2013
Where: Various Venues (see festival website for details)
Cost: Tickets range from $10 - $35
More info: festival.firstpersonarts.org
Last year, Philly became home to another first, as Philly 360° Creative Ambassaor Maori Karmael Holmes successfully launched the inaugural BlackStar Film Festival. People from around the country gathered in Philly to experience the wonder of black cinema, and Ebony even hailed the event as Philly's own "Black Sundance". #bigwin
Next month, we're hype to announce that BlackStar is returning—bigger and better than before. Philly 360° caught up with Maori for an exclusive interview, just as she and her powerhouse team are putting the finishing touches on this year's festivities. Maori gives us the inside scoop on the festival venues, can't-miss films, and her three favorite black films of all time!
You can checkout our insider interview with Maori below. Also, be sure to visit blackstarfest.org to view the full festival line-up, and purchase tickets online today!
Philly 360°: BlackStar is back for its second year, and was recently hailed as "TheBlack Sundance" by Ebony Magazine. That's amazing! How rewarding is it to create this platform for black cinema here in Philly?
Maori: Creating BlackStar was by accident, but a wondrous accident. Producing it has been amazing for me personally and professionally. I continue to meet and connect with awesome folks in Philadelphia and beyond who care deeply about promoting the work of folks of color.
Philly 360°: Well, Philly is definitely buzzing about this year's festival, and most certainly showed up in mass for last year's festival. What do you love most about presenting BlackStar here in Philly?
Maori: That's exciting to hear that there's a buzz. It feels really good. Philadelphia is the home of so many "firsts" in American history and this idea of independence and a DIY/indie aesthetic is in our bones, so in many ways there is no other place that could house a festival like ours. The ourpouring of support from community partners, sponsors, and audience is tremendous and we feel so much love and gratitude.
I am also really excited about having a niche neighborhood festival primarily in University City. You will be able to walk from City Tap House to Drexel and International House and the Sheraton and back in under 5 minutes. It is really cool to be set up in that way.
Philly 360°: Can you give us the big picture view on this year's festival? How many films are you presenting? And, are there any exciting new programs or events this year?
Maori: We have basically doubled in size. We are presenting 75 films in three venues. We have a screenplay competition with a $2,500 cash prize and we have an awards ceremony and for the first time an awards competition including audience awards. As part of our awards we are honoring the Howard University film program.
Philly 360°: Tell us about the venues for this year's festival - any exciting new places or partnerships?
Maori: International House of Philadelphia is one of the best places to see film in the city. The screen, projection, and audio, as well as their staff are top-notch and amazing to work with. They will continue to be our festival hub. We have an additional site at Drexel University through our new partnership with the Africana Studies Program, as well we are presenting a program at The Barnes Foundation and hosting an opening night reception at City Tap House.
Philly 360°: Okay, I know you and the Blackstar team have curated an amazing line-up of black films this year. If you had to give us a few highlights, or not-to-be-missed movies—what would they be?
Maori: Did I say there were 75 films?!! Some of our highlights are our evening features of course--Tey, Nairobi Halflife, Mother of George, and Question Bridge: Black Males. I am also really excited about the Arts Shorts at The Barnes and our Youth Program.
Philly 360°: The Brother From Another Planet (Re-contextualized) w/ Live Score at Johnny Brenda's sounds like an amazing experience. How did this concept come about? Who are the masterminds behind this genius production? Tell us!
Maori: King and I are friends (and in the same class of Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors). At a dinner party last year we came up with this idea to collaborate for the festival around a loose idea based on Afrofuturism. We wanted to do something at Johnny Brendas, another fantastic venue, and King came up with the remix event and enlisted his collaborators, Marlo Reynolds, Anthony Tidd, Jason Senk, and Damon Bennett.
Philly 360°: Any other special appearances this year? Notable filmmakers? Actors? Actresses?
Maori: We are excited to have lots of filmmakers this year. Notably Omari Hardwick (Things Never Said), Haile Gerima, Bradford Young (Mother of George), Andrew Dosonmu (Mother of George), Dennis Dortch (Black & Sexy TV), Numa Perrier (The Couple), Yolonda Ross (Yelling to the Sky), Tanya Wright (True Blood), Lisa Cortés (Precious), Tariq Trotter, Dorian Missick (Big Words), and Muhammida El Muhajjir (Hip Hop: The New World Order).
Philly 360°: Okay, let's end on a fun note As a filmmaker and Philly's reigning expert on black cinema name your top three black films of all time? The Wiz is a given right?Or, is that just me?
Maori: The Wiz is amazing and phenomenal in so many ways, but for me as a filmmaker, the top three black films that shaped me are--although that list could easily go on to 10 or 20. Eve's Bayou, Daughters of the Dust, and Sankofa.
All roads lead to Philly, as the 2013 National Urban League Conference comes to town, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington. For four days, newsmakers, policymakers and the brightest minds in business and communty empowerment will converge on Philadelphia—taking part in an exciting week of workshops, networking opportunities and professional development. This year's conference is already generating tons of buzz from all over the country, and is slated to feature appearances by Vice President Joe Biden and Olympic Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglass.
Founded in 1910, The National Urban League has worked for decades to empower underserved communities, providing impactful resources, services and advocacy to more than 2 million people nationwide. In 2010, the Urban League celebrated its 100 year anniversary by launching I AM EMPOWERED, a bold nationwide initiative geared empowering communities to achieve in education, employment, housing, and healthcare.
Continuing to build on the success of these cornerstone principals, the 2013 National Urban League Conference will feature a Career Fair with hundreds of recruiters looking for diverse talent, and a College Fair featuring plenty of colleges, universities and scholarship opportunities. The conference will also include The Small Business Matters Entrepreneurship Summit with workshops on starting your own business and information on how to finance or take your small business to the next level.
And, since no Philly event is complete without music, this year's conference will feature an Empowerment Stage with all-star celebrity sessions, and performances by some of Philly's top artists and entertainers. Conference attendees will of course have plenty of opportunity to experience the full flavor of Philly, by exploring our booming creative scene, many cultural attractions, and of course our award winning restaurants and nightlife.
Registration is open now! So, hurry, signup today and make sure you reserve your space for this all-star week jam-packed with community empowerment—and of course plenty of Philly fun!
Thursday, July 24 - Saturday, July 27
The Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St Philadelphia, PA 19107
This weekend, the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) kicks off, and thousands of eager creative-connoisseurs will descend upon Philly to explore moments of the past, present and future through the lens of PIFA's time travel theme. This year, over 50 cultural partners and hundreds of artists will join PIFA to present an exciting and eclectic mix of 50+ shows featuring some of the world's top talent like Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Danilo Pérez, Savion Glover and more!
Once we all get into the PIFA swing, you should definitely make a point to stop by the Kimmel Center's gorgeous Commonwealth Plaza, where you can see free live performances, hear great music, grab a snack, or even take some time to experience the Kimmel's interactive Time Machine. Yup, you've heard right. The PIFA crew has installed a giant time machine right in the lobby of the Kimmel - and it's a must see! On April 27, PIFA 2013 will culminate with their signature Street Fair, as the Kimmel Center shuts down Broad Street for an all-out creative explosion jam-packed with some of the best entertainers and cuisine Philly has to offer.
With so many amazing experience packed into one month, deciding exactly what show to go see can be a challenge, right? But, don't worry! As always, we've pulled together a list of Philly 360° PIFA Top Picks to get you started. This time traveling spectacular kicks off this weekend and runs through April 27.
You can visit pifa.org to view full festival schedule and purchase your tickets today!
Thursday, March 28
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall East
April 4, 1969 was the first anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr It was also the third night of Passover. At the intersection of these two events in 1969, hundreds of people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds gathered in a church in the heart of Washington, D.C. to celebrate freedom. Stop by Independence Mall, as NMAJH revisits the spirit and legacy of this historical event as part of PIFA 2013.
Saturday, March 30
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad Street
Don't miss it as international tap-sensation Savion Glover brings his best moves to Philly as part of PIFA 2013. That's right - on March 30, Glover will present the world premiere of his latest-and-greatest creation Dance Space, which explores the origins of time and space through his explosive moves, undeniable rhythms, and a cosmic and imaginative stage set.
Friday, April 5 - Wednesday, April 17
Red Room at the Society Hill Playhouse
507 South 8th Street
Take a trip through time and discover Philly's rich jazz roots, as an young Dizzy Gillespie experiments with a new form of jazz called bebop. This innovative and informative production is sure to have you swingin' into the PIFA spirit in no time at all.
Sunday, April 14
Kimmel Center - Verizon Hall
Broad and Spruce Streets
In April, Philly's world-famous Avenue of the Arts becomes a soulful centerstage for an electrifying all-star tribute to the one-and-only Stevie Wonder. As Grammy Award-winning artist Robert Glasper recreates his hit show of new work inspired by the timeless sound of Stevie Wonder, and performed by a phenomenal group of musicians that include Lalah Hathaway, Stokley of Mint Condition, Eric Roberson and The Experiment Band. Yeah - this is one show you can't afford to miss!
Wednesday, April 17 - Friday, April 19
The Kimmel Center - Innovation Studio
300 S. Broad Street
Where Heaven’s Dew Divides is a multidisciplinary exploration of the politics of religion in Philadelphia as the nation's largest populations of free blacks worked to establish themselves during the late 1700's. Where Heaven’s Dew Divides mixes dance forms, original music and song, improvised vocalization and video projection to capture the history and legacy of early black Philadelphians.
Friday, April 19 - Sunday, April 21
Kimmel Center - Perelman Theater
300 S. Broad Street
Philly's favorite dance company gets in on the time travel action and explores the origins of the universe with The Big Bang. Come out and experience the phenomenal moves and power of Philadanco in a fresh new way.
We've all heard people say, "All good things come to an end." But, truthfully all GREAT things come back again - bigger and better. That's right! Philly, the hit broadway musical FELA! is returning next week with all of its hot and seriously cool afrobeat energy.
FELA! made its Philly debut in 2012, and played every night to a theater jam-packed with eager audience members and fans. In fact, it was so successful that this fantastic production, which boast an impressive list of executive producers, like Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Questlove and Okayplayer, had to return for another round of afrobeat-infused Philly fun.
The big news? Glad you asked! This year, in addition to a stellar and electrifying cast of hyper-talented dancers and vocalists, FELA! stars none-other-than Destiny's Child member and R&B/Pop superstar Michelle Wiliams. Say what? Yup, the GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist will spend the next week performing on Philly's Avenue of the Arts for crowds of excited old and new fans. A big win in my book.
This exciting smash musical will only be in town for six short days, and tickets are sure to sell fast! So, make sure you get your seats now and join in the celebration of afrobeat, dance, song, art and all things FELA!.
March 12 - 17
250 S. Broad Street
"Oh, what a day. What a day. What a day." It's hard to believe it, but it's been 16 years since Erykah Badu exploded on the scene with her instant masterpiece Baduizm. The album soared straight to the top of the charts and Ms. Badu hasn't come down since. Equally rooted in blues, hip-hop, jazz, and soul, Badu's album paved the way for the neo-soul movement that put plenty of Philly artists on the map. And, that's no surprised, because since day one, Erykah has gotten mad love from Philadelphia, working with longtime Philly creatives like Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors James Poyser and The Roots to craft her signature soulful sound.
So, to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Baduizm (and her 42nd birthday) Badu came to Philly to perform Baduizm in its entirety - maybe for the first time since the album was released in 1997. And, Philly definitely came out to show our love for Badu.
In her typical "fashionably late" mannner, Badu hit the stage donning the flyests of headwraps and a ecclectic mix of fashions that she-and-only-she could make look fly. And, it was clear from the background vocalist singing "it's Badu's show" to the masses fixated on her every note and move - we were now in Badu's world. From Next Lifetime, Otherside of the Game, Apple Tree, On & On, Tyrone to a Questlove dedication of "Afro", Badu sang us down memory lane, as we relived the memories and feeling of her '97 classics.
And, if you've ever been to a Badu show before, then you knew not to be fooled by her first "thank you and good night" exit. Erykah is definitely known to comeback for an hour-long encore performance and that's exactly what she gave her fans at the Electric Factory. Hitting the stage for part deux, Badu performed hits from her other albums like Danger, Out My Mind Just In Time, Window Seat and other fan-favorites.
Erykah closed the evening with a church-like moment of self affirmation as she instructed the Philly congregation to raise their hands and "shout your own name", as she performed her extended version of Didn't Cha Know, which ended in a moving rendition of Believe In Yourself from the Wiz. Genius, sheer black musical genius.
It was clear from the start, "It's Badu's show..." and Philly wasn't even mad about it.
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