Erykah Badu Is Donating Her Concert Proceeds To Help Clear An 11,000-Case Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits!
This is an incredible cause — and it just proves the power of celebrity in helping to push an issue to the forefront!
Back in 2009 in Michigan, more than 11,300 rape kits were found abandoned in a Detroit Police Department storage unit, and the evidence therein of womens' rapes by all sorts of unknown perpetrators was left completely ignored and untouched.
Since then, the Michigan Women's Foundation and a group called Enough SAID have put together something called the African American 490 Challenge in an effort to raise money to get every single one of those rape kits fully tested in an effort to find justice for the victims (each kit costs $490 to test, hence the project's name).
Now, Erykah Badu is joining in the fight in the BEST way, and she deserves a lot of credit for quite literally putting her money where her mouth is!
The singer is hosting a concert at Detroit's Chene Park Amphitheater on August 12, the proceeds of which she will be donating to AA490 in an effort to get as many of those kits tested as possible!!
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy — who worked alone for years trying in vain to find justice for the thousands of female victims — was ecstatic about the news, saying: