Published 5 days ago
Black blues singer Anita White otherwise known as Lady A for the last 20 years has received a lawsuit from country music trio Lady Antebellum.
After recently announcing they were changing their name to Lady A because of the racist connotation of their former moniker, the white singing group is now asking the original Lady A for the trademark of the name after saying they registered the name in 2010.
“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” Lady Antebellum said in an official statement to CBS News. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”
Following the band’s initial announcement of their new stage name, White told Newsday she felt “the group’s camp is trying to erase me.”
“They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time,” White said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before. It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it.”
See Black Twitter road to Lady A’s defense.
Is “Lady Karen” taken? Because I feel like that is the direction this Lady Antebellum story is taking.
— M’BlockU (@rodimusprime) July 9, 2020
Let me understand…they changed their name from Lady Antebellum because they didn’t want to associate with the racist past to a name that a BLACK woman in the music biz was already using…now they are suing HER for not wanting to relinquish the name? 🤔https://t.co/owmSK5Xuny
— Karen Hunter (@karenhunter) July 9, 2020
You’d be tempted to believe this is a publicity stunt but the Lady Antebellum folks come off as so bad that they would have to be out of their minds to agree to it if that were the case.
— Mr. Dixon👈 (@JoeLewisdixon) July 9, 2020
@ladya is a fucking joke. How do you change your name in “support” of BLM, but turn around and try to sue the BLACK woman who had BEEN using that name??? Why’d you trademark “Lady A” anyway?? Because you knew eventually the name you picked would catch up to you??
— Shannon (@StillDaGOAT) July 9, 2020
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