Hear Erykah Badu and Andre 3000 team up for ‘Hello’

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Erykah Badu and Andre 3000 Say ‘Hello’.

NEW YORK – Erykah Badu’s new mixtape, “But You Caint Use My Phone,” released today on iTunes/Apple (available otherwise Dec. 4), is all about cell phones in this time and place. In a particularly good time for greeting-titled singles, Erykah Badu has followed Adele with the release of a stellar new song, “Hello.” The 44-year-old artist recruited Andre 3000 for the track.Actor Mandy Patinkin narrates “The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs” (Showtime at 9 p.m.), which offers an in-depth look at the CIA and the often-controversial techniques the agency employs in the war on terror.

Obviously, “Hello,” Adele‘s first single off her album “25″ is everywhere, from “Saturday Night Live” to “Star Wars” spoofs on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” but the British pop superstar doesn’t own the word.Erykah Badu wasn’t kidding when she asked us to put our “Phone Down.” In an exclusive advance clip from this year’s Soul Train Awards, airing Sunday, host Badu demands that several distracted audience members in the front row — including Tyrese Gibson — put away their cells and focus on her. “Tyrese, you’re on your phone?” she asks the singer-actor. “You’re in the front row on national TV … and you’re on your phone?” This annoyance prompts Badu to perform her soulful new track as she scans the crowd for cell phones, retrieving every one she spots. “I can make you put your phone down/As we cruise through the city,” she sings. “You ain’t gonna text no one when you wit’ me.” The 2015 Soul Train Awards air Sunday, November 29th at 8 p.m. Andre’s contribution to the track went down particularly well, with one Reddit user commenting: “Man Andre just comes through like once a year with an 11/10 feature like clockwork it’s crazy.’ Putting her own spin on The Isley Brothers’ “Hello It’s Me,” Badu croons, “Hello, it’s me, it’s me, baby / I thought about us for a long, long time / Maybe I think too much but something’s wrong / Something that said it doesn’t last too long, too long / Maybe I shouldn’t think of you as mine, mine, mine, mine, mine.” Outkast alum Andre joins the track, rapping, “Okay, challenge / Leave your phone unlocked and right side up / Walk out the room without throwin’ your bitch off balance / It’s either on or off, ain’t no in between when it’s valid.” The collaboration is a rare new release from the two famed performers.

Here, she talks about the hosting gig (earlier this month in Las Vegas), new music and platinum-selling rapper Drake, whose “Hotline Bling” single she remixed and released in October. Sunday talk shows: “Capital Download” (WUSA at 8:30 a.m.) talks to Republican strategist Karl Rove; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a GOP presidential candidate; “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has G. A previously released cut off the mixtape, “Cell U Lar Device,” is a remix of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Badu wrote, produced and recorded the mixtape over 12 days. Andre 3000, meanwhile, has jumped on one-off singles in recent years, but counts his last full-length studio album as the 2003 Outkast record, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Jill Scott will be honored with the first-ever Lady of Soul Award, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will receive the Legend Award. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

And this time around they made me an associate producer, so I had an opportunity to write my material, which I think is really cool – to, you know, see my things crystalize – my words and my sense of humor, which is pretty unique and self-serving. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. My son, Seven, who was 3, said, “What if somebody breaks in on us?” I said, “Don’t worry, I got something to throw at his head.” And he said, “What you gonna do, throw some money at him?” A: I thought that, ‘Hey, this is a great opportunity to expose myself to this naked place. this place that I had not been welcomed before.’ I’m known for the singing, and stuff like that. King (R-N.Y.); “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 7:30 p.m.) is on location in Benin, exploring the role of infrastructure in the West African country; “Meet the Press” (NBC at 10:30) hosts Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson; “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) hosts Carson and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, another GOP hopeful.

On Sunday night, Erykah Badu hosts the “Soul Train Awards 2015 ” (BET at 8), featuring performances by Boyz II Men, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan and (here’s a throwback) Cameo. By now, most of the right-wing investigations into Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation practices — spurred by a series of heavily edited, deliberately misleading videos produced by a right-wing anti-abortion fringe group — have wrapped up. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will accept the evening’s Legend Award. “A Salute to Downton Abbey” (WETA at 8), hosted by Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), will get you ready for the show’s sixth and final season, which premieres Jan. 3. But Texas Republicans are still pursuing a highly public campaign against the group, with the state attempting to boot Planned Parenthood from the federal Medicaid program.

Director Ron Howard examines our fears about aging and the latest scientific studies on the subject in “The Age of Aging” episode of “Breakthrough” (National Geographic at 9). Meanwhile, in the GOP presidential primary, candidates are attempting to out-extreme each other on their stances against abortion, leaning heavily on the aforementioned videos as evidence that nefariousness is afoot not just at Planned Parenthood, but at any abortion provider’s office. I’d always been politically conscious, though, so I worked with some fellow University of Kentucky students to start a chapter of Medical Students for Choice (MSFC). With the providers at the time aging and retiring, I realized, there would be people who would need abortions and not be able to have them, unless I stepped up. Given that abortion is such an incredibly common and safe medical experience — 1 in 3 people who can get pregnant will have at least one — it’s amazing and appalling how marginalized it is in most areas.

I was practicing family medicine in the Chicago area when I heard from a woman who was looking to connect clinics with trained providers who were willing to travel. So once the national anti-abortion domestic terrorist organizations found out who I was, I was bombarded with calls to my office, nasty comments and veiled threats online (“I wonder if someone will shoot the new provider…”). Thanks to abortion stigma and violence, we now live in a country where there’s not only a shortage of doctors who have the necessary training, but a mismatch between where trained providers live and where services are most needed.

Given how much abortion stigma has mounted since then, and how much more difficult it is now to learn something mid-career, you don’t become an abortion provider unless you decide before you finish med school that you’re going to do it. Then I have to worry that they might start picketing my haircut appointments, or calling the salon and threatening to boycott or protest them if they continue seeing me, or even that at my next appointment there could be someone waiting outside with a gun. Somehow, anti-abortion activists have succeeded in convincing the general public that abortion providers are not to be regarded as experts on abortion. It’s infuriating that my judgment is considered irrelevant by politicians and activists who know absolutely nothing about the provision of abortion care. We should be regarding anti-choicers’ perspective on abortion safety as the suspect one, since they find all abortion care unacceptable regardless of its safety.

Planned Parenthood critics and anti-abortion lawmakers have claimed that the organization is coercing people into abortions and has coerced them into donating fetal tissue in order to generate profit. (The group announced in October it would no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue donations.) Is there any universe in which a conspiracy of this size would be plausible? We guide them through their options, and a patient who seems genuinely undecided is encouraged to reschedule, or simply referred for prenatal care if they are clear on not wanting an abortion. Given the huge number of medical professionals who have worked through Planned Parenthood, and the huge number of patients they care for, it is beyond belief to suggest that a broad pattern of coercion would go unchallenged and undocumented. He received separate bills from the pathology laboratory, for handling his tissue specimen, and from the pathologist for examining the prepared specimen, each totaling several hundred dollars.

As a physician, there are numerous practice areas I could choose that would pay me better and let me avoid dealing with a constant onslaught of harassment and stigma. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology showed an overall mortality rate for abortion 14 times lower than the mortality for childbirth.

Texas consistently has many more deaths from childbirth than from abortion each year — far more than can be attributed simply to the greater number of births. If Planned Parenthood is forbidden to receive Medicaid reimbursement, then the rest of us who provide abortion care can also expect to lose our Medicaid practices. But when they themselves have a pregnancy they can’t continue, they’re distraught about all the things they might have said were reasonable before: forced ultrasound viewing, demeaning waiting periods, biased or false “information,” unconstitutional gestational limits, expensive and irrelevant facility upgrades. Texas is often seen as a “test case” for whether extreme abortion restrictions can pass constitutional muster, so we’re keeping a close eye on what the Supreme Court does next summer.

We’ll see more bans on specific reasons people have abortions, for reasons of any fetal diagnosis, for rape or incest, for health conditions that are deemed too “trivial” to be an abortion indication. We’ve seen bans on intact D&E and now on all D&E [a common abortion procedure –what anti-abortion lawmakers inaccurately refer to as “partial-birth” abortion] so next we’ll see bans on fetocidal injection, then on labor induction, so that there is no remaining legal technique for second-trimester abortion. Cole, then every hostile state will implement the most stringent requirements allowed by the decision, then pass more laws targeting the few clinics that survive.

That’s why, as admirable as it is that a few clinics are planning to build ambulatory surgical centers in case these laws are upheld, I think it’s ultimately fruitless.

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