Meet The Real “Ms. Jackson” Erykah Badu’s Mother Speaks On Andre 3000 + Stankonia, 15 Years Later

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Ms. Kolleen Maria Wright

KMW: Let’s see, a favorite OutKast song. No, “Ms. Jackson” is probably my favorite [everybody laughs…for a long time ] It’s probably my favorite. No, all of them are good. As far back as “Slammin Cadillac doors”–[“Elevators (Me & You)”-ed.] I enjoy that one. And I have enjoyed some of the later stuff, the newer things but yeah, “Ms Jackson” is probably my favorite. Because I listen to that more than I did the rest of them!

OKP: Well, it was also on the radio quite a bit.

KMW: Oh yeah, quite a bit. They played that a lot.

OKP: How do you describe your style as a grandmother? Do you prefer to spoil them or do you keep them in line when they come to visit?

KMW: My style? Well, first of all my name is “Queeny”–that’s my grandmother name.

OKP: I love it.

KMW: Yeah, my grandmother name is “Queeny.” Because I refuse to be Nana and Ganny and Ma-ma and Ne-ne and all that. I didn’t want to be that. I wanted to be someone regal, to them. So in my approach to everything I do I try to do it very regally. In a queenly manner, with high standards. Sometimes we get lost with silliness, but for the most part I want them to look at me as royalty–as I look at them, as my little prince and princesses. That’s the way I treat them, because that’s the way I want them to behave like royalty. And with royalty, everything petty is beneath you and that’s the way I want them to behave.

OKP: I have met them and they are royalty. They sure are.

KMW: Thank you.

OKP: Yes, it is very interesting because my best friend…I’m going to digress for a short minute, but I had a best friend since I was 2 and she has a child, who is my nephew. So my parents are like parents to her as well and grandparents to this little child. She let her parents and my parents choose their grandparent names just like you chose Queeny and she asked my father, Oh what do you want to be to my child? And he said: Sir. “Have them call me Sir.”

KMW: That’s right. I can dig it. I can dig it.

OKP: So it’s a safe bet that Erykah got her creativity from you but who gifted her her bewitching hazel green eyes?

KMW: That would have to be her very, very handsome, fine-ass daddy. It would have to be that guy. It would have to be William Wright, Jr.–my husband.

OKP: Finally, we know where they came from!

KMW: Oh yeah, it would have to be, that’s it. However, throughout my family, I believe them to have the green eyes and the hazel eyes also. They missed me. And luckily I found a guy with beautiful eyes. He made up for my part.

OKP: Queeny, thank you so much for speaking to us. This was a wonderful interview. I really appreciate you taking the time…

KMW: Don’t worry about it. Listen, I appreciate the privilege. This is really a privilege that you guys would want to interview me. This is something else. I want them to let me know when this is up–so I can send every hater I know two copies.

Meet The Real "Ms. Jackson" Erykah Badu's Mother Kolleen "Queeny" Wright Speaks On Stankonia's 15th Anniversary

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