Stories From New York: My Sister, Erykah Badu, and a Headdress

Posted by on March 21st, 2011 at 1:00 PM

(The Unnamed Sister) Photo by: Nikki Benson

While with my sister in New York City, I said to her, “Sister, I love your headdress. Whenever I see you wearing it, you remind me of Erykah Badu.” She then said, “Oh that’s so funny you say that! Can I tell you story about it?”

“Of course!” I said, wide-eyed.

“I’ve been wearing this headdress style for many, many years. It’s a style I made up myself where you wrap a long piece of fabric from the back of the head and crisscross it in the front and go up then tuck the ends into the top wherever they’ll fit.

“I met the designer Epperson in 1992. He made me two hats that were meant to mimic my headwrap style, and I still love and wear them. Later on, he used my head wrapping technique in his ‘Church Girl’ dress line. When Erykah Badu first came to New York, Epperson dressed her for one of her first photo shoots and wrapped her hair in the same style. A few years later, Badu was a guest performer at a poet’s spot I frequented called Tea Party in Brooklyn. When I caught her eye and she saw that my head was wrapped in nearly the same way as hers (I don’t cover my ears), she gave me the dirtiest look! If only she knew.”

Badu, if you ever see this, I love your music and stop being a snob.



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