Erykah Badu first appeared in the American sketch comedy television series ‘All That’ in 1997. That same year, she also featured in several other television series and shows including ‘One Life to Live,’ ‘The Chris Rock Show,’ and ‘MTV Unplugged.’ In 1998, she made her silver screen debut in the American musical comedy film ‘Blues Brothers 2000’ where she portrayed Queen Moussette. The film received a mixed response from critics and earned a 46% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The following year, she starred as ‘Rose Rose’ in the American drama film ‘The Cider House Rules’ directed by Lasse Hallström. The film earned praise from critics and became a recipient of 2 ‘Academy Awards.’ It was also a decent box office success and grossed over $88.5 million on a budget of $24 million. She was next seen in films like ‘Erykah Badu Live’ (2001), ‘Stars: An Oscars Party’ (2002), and ‘Dragon Tales Let's Start a Band’ (2003). In 2004, she portrayed Lady / Bernadette in the David Duchovny-directed coming-of-age comedy-drama film, ‘House of D.’ The film was largely panned by critics and received a 10% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. She continued to star in films like ‘Before the Music Dies’ (2006), ‘Dave Chapelle's Block Party’ (2006), ‘Say My Name’ (2009), ‘Teenage Paparazzo’ (2010), ‘Re:Generation Music Project’ (2012), ‘Diary of a Decade: The Story of a Movement’ (2012), ‘They Die by Dawn’ (2013), and ‘What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music’ (2014).
In 2016, she played the role of ‘Turquoise’ in the American drama film ‘The Land’ directed by Steven Caple Jr. The film received positive to mixed reviews from critics and scored a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That same year, she also joined the cast of the American adult animated sitcom ‘Legends of Chamberlain Heights’ created by Brad Ableson, Mike Clements, Quinn Hawking, Josiah Johnson, and Michael Starrbury. The series aired 20 episodes before going off-air in 2017. She was last seen in the 2019 Adam Shankman-directed American romantic comedy film ‘What Men Want.’ The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics and grossed over $72.2 million on a $20 million budget.