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Is Erykah Badu About to Collab With DART?

Short version: yes, it appears like the transit agency is set to get hip.
Badu photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, DART board member and sometime D Magazine collaborator Patrick Kennedy tweeted a picture of what appears to be a DART promotional poster that says “Something Big & Badu Is Coming” and features a cool Badu logo that involves a tall hat. I asked Patrick what is going on. He is avoiding me. There is a good chance he is doing this because he recently took a job at HKS and is now pretending to be an adult who doesn’t communicate with the likes of yours truly.


Yeah. It looks like Erykah Badu is doing something with DART. The official reveal of the gig, I’m told, is January 16. But you know what I think? I think someone will tell me before January 16.

UPDATE (1/16/24) First, my fishing trip was a failure. I didn’t get any intel until today. Second, the intel makes me sad. When I saw that Badu and DART were working on something, I thought it might be bus wraps or maybe even some pop-up concerts. Imagine climbing aboard a DART train in Plano, and there’s Erykah Badu in the back of your car, wearing some fabulous outfit and busking solo. That would be cool.

Instead, DART is actually working with 97.9 The Beat to get people to give them their email addresses to register for a VIP package to Badu’s birthday party. It’s an “exclusive DART x BADU prize pack.” Don’t get me wrong. Sounds fun. It’s just that I had bigger dreams for this collab.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: While there is still nothing about this on DART’s site, Channel 8 reports that DART will “dedicate three of its buses and two of its light rail trains to Badu’s honor.” The vehicles will feature images of Badu and her artwork.


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