Society Confidential: Erykah Badu’s alter ego

Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett

When urban party promoter extraordinaire Terrence “Tee” Woods announced recently that his next big event was a party at the Garden Theater in October featuring “DJLo Down Loretta Brown,” his faithful followers were perplexed. After all, Woods was known for bringing in big names for his bashes — folks like boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.; recording artist Ray J; comedian Mike Epps.And there was that welcome to Detroit party he threw for the Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond. So what gives with an event featuring an unknown DJ? Turns out that “Lo Down Loretta Brown” is an alias for none other than songstress Erykah Badu. Yes, the sultry, eccentric singer will take to the turntables at an Oct. 18 party for Tee Woods and his company, The Massive Group, at The Garden Theater in Detroit. Badu, who now heads up her own record label, Control FreaQ, will infuse her B-girl bravado on the ones and twos as her Loretta Brown alter ego. For tickets, go to

Jack White on the mic

Another day, another Jack White rant, this time the location was Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday night, where, in between numbers, the voluble former Detroiter ranted colorfully about how Katy Perry doesn’t use a corded microphone. He also hooted about the Foo Fighters having a second guitarist playing the same parts, in case they hit some bad notes. But White had an extra dose of ridicule for Rollingstone.comCQ and its clickbait lists. White ranted: “ ... brought to you by the Kardashian family,!” “15 Outfits That will Blow Your Mind That Taylor Swift Wore This Month,! Ten Reasons Why Didn’t Cover The Newport Folk Festival for 50 Years Straight!” He started to wind it down, adding that he didn’t want it to become a “Kanye West-style” rant. “So forget ISIS, forget the war in the Middle East, forget any problems at home, forget gay marriage, forget everything you ever thought about everything. This not a rant. This is just me saying, hello Cleveland!”

Farbman’s new venture

Just as Metro Detroit entrepreneur David Farbman settles comfortably into one career niche, he adds another. Farbman has built brands in diverse industries, including real estate (yes, he’s one of those Farbmans), advertising, and he wrote the self-help book, “The Hunt: Target, Track and Attain Your Goals” (He’s a lifelong outdoorsman, hence “The Hunt”). His newest venture is HealthRise Solutions, which partners with health-care systems to help increase their revenue. At a Tuesday open house, guests enjoyed cocktails and Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres as they toured Farbman’s fancy Southfield offices featuring a full kitchen, a gym with showers, and a pingpong table. “HealthRise is my opportunity to do something that represents my most authentic ‘hunter,’ ” David says. “This is my Picasso. I don't think about how much money we can make. I think about how many awesome new people we can bring to our team to make us better for our clients and the future.”