Erykah Badu Video Bombs Live Broadcast, Attempts to Kiss Reporter

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Erykah Badu interrupts live report to kiss PIX 11 news anchor Mario during his report in Midtown New York. www.naturallymoi.com

Actual Screenshot from Live Broadcast

Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger

In an attempt to document the increasing spectacle that is actor Shia LaBoeuf’s off-screen life, Pixx 11 reporter Mario Diaz ended up involved in something of a complicated situation, through no fault of his own.

Diaz was in Midtown Manhattan to report on LaBoeuf’s recent arrest following a drunken outburst during the play Cabaret, when singer Erykah Badu, wearing a huge hat and a cheeky grin, began edging into the frame.

Video bombing the live news report as many fans are prone to do, Badu took it to the next level. First she paced back and forth behind Diaz, opening her coat to reveal her colorful outfit before making obscene hand gestures.

Next, she  tried to kiss Diaz. The reporter managed to fend her off before continuing his live broadcast, saying simply to his audience that he “couldn’t avoid a fan right now.”

Viewers recognized the Grammy award-winning singer and questioned her on Twitter.

“Nope,” she responded at first. Then she tweeted an apology to Diaz.

She finally came clean and tweeted: “Sorry Mario” at the reporter.

Diaz proved he is a good sport. He responded with lyrics from a song by Prince that say, ” I just want your extra time and your… kiss” and promised to be more amenable to strangers’ advances in future.

“Next time I won’t do the NYC push back,” he wrote, adding that his wife thinks Badu has “great taste.”

Diaz was on scene in the first place because of LaBeouf’s arrest. He allegedly smoked cigarettes and yelled loudly at the cast on stage during the Cabaret. Upon being taken out of the theater by police, the “Transformers” actor hurled insults and profanities at officers. He was released the next day, according to published reports.

In February LaBeouf made headlines after he wore a paper bag over his head inscribed with “I am not famous anymore” at a Berlin film conference. He’s also had documented clashes with other actors on set.

Badu, who is often referred to a the “First Lady of Neo-Soul” for her leading edge sound that combines elements of R&B, hip hop, and jazz, was visible all weekend in New York. She performed with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall on Friday and a Brooklyn block party in honor of the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing.


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.