Erykah Badu To Help Fund The Detroit Rape Kit Project

The proceeds from Erykah Badu’s August 12 concert in Detroit, MI at the Chene Partk Amphitheater are going to an extremely good cause.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Badu is donating the proceeds to African American 490 Challenge. The African American 490 Challenge formed by black women volunteers after finding more than 11,000 untested rape kits in a Detroit Police Department in 2009. The organization, whose name stems from the fact that it costs $490 to test one rape kit, has a goal to “raise private-sector funding to test these rape kits, investigate the crimes and prosecute the resulting cases.”

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Although about 10,000 kits have been tested since, the organizations hopes additional funds from Badu’s concert will aid in completing the process.Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement regarding the news that, “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.”

The president Kim Trent echoed a similar sentiment.

“It should come as no surprise that an artist with Erykah Badu’s impressive history of social consciousness would join forces with the black women leaders of Detroit to address this important social issue.”

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Tickets for the concert are available via Ticketmaster, as well as the Chene Park mobile app. If you’re interested in donating to the challenge directly, visit