- Untested rape kits found abandoned in storage unit more than five years ago
- A portion of ticket sales and proceeds from two receptions will be donated
According to the Detroit Free Press
, the singer will donate a portion of the proceeds for a planned August 12 concert at Chene Park Amphitheatre to the African American 490 Challenge
The African American 490 Challenge is part of the Enough SAID (Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit
) campaign and was started after officials in Detroit discovered a storage unit more than five years ago containing more than 11,000 forgotten rape kits -- many belonging to black women who were victimized.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy has been the driving force behind raising funding to get all of the kits tested. "This is a huge day for Enough SAID/AA490," she said in a statement, according to the Detroit paper.
"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."
Badu is partnering with Right Productions for the effort.
Shahida Mausi, president and chief executive officer of Right Productions, told the Free Press that $5 from each ticket sold as well as the proceeds from a $100-per-ticket reception before the show and $1,000-per-person VIP reception with Badu after the concert will be donated to the African American 490 Challenge.