PHOTO SPECIAL: Erykah Badu Plays Austin City Limits And Wii Music

Neo-soul singer Erykah Badu performed at the annual Austin City Limits three-day Concert on Saturday in Zilker Park.

The visibly pregnant soul singer let her hair down just like in her fro-tastic Tom Ford fragrance ad and kept it natural while playing the yet-to-be released Wii Music.

Blindie thinks she may have kept things a little too natural.

PHOTO: Sara Jaye Weiss

With Fro in Tow, Erykah Badu Debuts Tom Ford’s New Fragrance

Multiplatinum R&B singer Erykah Badu was handpicked by designer Tom Ford to be the face of his new fragrance, White Patchouli. Her ads have debuted in the September fall fashion magazines.

“For this project, I wanted to reinvent patchouli,” Ford recently said. “I loved the idea of mixing patchouli with white florals.”

The New York Times recently said of Badu: “Thanks to Ms. Badu’s appealingly eccentric neo-soul sex goddess/funky earth mama/black power revolutionary persona, her pipe cleaner of a voice, thin and bendy, her sultry delivery and beauty, she’s still a potentially bankable star.”

Ga Ga: Marc Jacobs Afro-tastic Louis Vuitton 2010 Spring Runway Show

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Marc Jacobs may have already won us over with his handbags, but he definitely stole our hearts with his Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 runway show featuring a bounty of big bushy Erykah Badu-ish afros.

Sure the afros were obvious wigs and not authentic picked out, sheened up creations but at least they weren’t insanely straight doll hair weaves that women, both black and white, are glueing into their hair to achieve unrealistic lengths and textures.

We are just ga ga over Jacobs fros and the show’s live webcast on Facebook!

Ga Ga: Miko Marks, The Next Big Country Singer

Following in the footsteps of Charley Pride–the first African American to achieve considerable success in the white-dominated country music industry–Miko Marks declares, “I’m going to be a big country singer.”

Hailing from Flint, Mich., the stunning country crooner has already recorded two CDs in Nashville with producer Ron Cornelius–a former guitarist for Bob Dylan–and has taken her act on the road playing at malls, nightclubs, and rodeos. She recently kicked off the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo at Rowell Ranch in Calif, where she sang the national anthem.

Miko belts out heartfelt songs with a soulful twang reminiscent of country superstars Reba McEntire and Wynonna Judd. She received considerable airplay on independent radio stations with her single “Mama” off her debut album Freeway Bound (2005).

The video even featured a cameo appearance by neo-soul artist Erykah Badu. But promoting her second album, It Feels Good, recorded on the small Mirrome label, is proving to be a challenge as she realizes there is little attention paid to independent artists on corporate radio stations.

“The major labels just suck up the airtime, so there’s very little to nothing left for the independent artists,” says Miko. “I’m gonna stick with it. I’m not gonna put this down.” Pointing out the embossed butterflies on her guitar, she adds, “These are butterflies, I’m gonna soar just as high as they do.”

We were ga ga for Miko as soon as we heard her belt out, “There’s an unfamiliar freedom callin’ out my name,” on her track “It Feels Good.” We’re even considering getting a 10-gallon hat and joining her fan club!