Positive solutions? Country music band “Lady A” sues black artist “Lady A” after name change

Last month, the country music band formerly known as “Lady Antebullumchanged their name to “Lady A” in an effort to “distance themselves from a term with ties to slavery.”

Turns out there was a black woman artist, Anita White, who was already performing under the name of “Lady A.”

So the band members of Lady Antebellum reached out to “Lady A.” and, according to USA Today, they had a “transparent, honest, and authentic conversation.” They stated: “We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come.”

Fast forward to July and this is how “positive” things are moving forward: “Country band Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum, sues blues singer Lady A.”

Turns out there’s a price to pay for being woke. A BIG price. From the CBS News story:

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the band members of Lady A said in a 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.”

Band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and David Haywood decided to sue after “White’s attempt to enforce purported trademark rights in a mark that Plaintiffs have held for more than a decade,” according to the lawsuit. The band is not seeking monetary damages, the lawsuit said.”

The “Lady A,” aka Ms. White, applauded Lady Antebellum’s efforts to stand up for the BLM movement. From the CBS story:

“I applaud them for it, and I’m willing to help any way I can and they are willing to help any way they can. So we’re gonna work together,” she said. “This is where white allies need to start listening to black people, indigenous people, people of color. We need to make sure that you’re listening so that we can change this narrative of racism in this world.

Apparently $10 million was just too much help to ask for from the “white allies.”

DCG

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kelly
kelly
4 months ago

From what I heard this morning, if Lady A(ntebellum) did send letters to Lady A periodically speaking of the infringement, than they have no case.

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
4 months ago

Dang!…What was really so controversial bout their name, any how? Was a mistake any how, trying to pacify people who will not be satisfied, any how.

Calgirl
Calgirl
4 months ago

Kevin…”antebellum” literally means before the (Civil) war. Technically, I guess it could mean before the war in either the North or the South. However…in the pre-war South, “antebellum” later became identified with the pre-CW arts and architecture of classical revival—Greek and Roman art and architecture (art and architecture are my bailiwicks) where these arts were developed in that era. (The North at the time, had a much different relationship with art and architecture, as well as population origination). So, my best guess is that, anything that is identified with the pre-Civil War South in the USA MUST now be thought… Read more »

Calgirl
Calgirl
4 months ago

Kevin, “antebellum” in popular culture refers to “before the war” meaning…before the Civil War, which means to some that if you have that name in your band, you may as well fly the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy….however, in art and architecture (a world from which I come) it means neo-classical art and architecture, ie, a revival of classic Greek and Roman forms, proportions, materials, styles…in both art and architecture. The problem is…..”antebellum” could refer to BOTH the period before the Civil War and the architecture/art. Evidently the BLM people prefer it to mean “the South before the Civil… Read more »

Captain America
Captain America
4 months ago

Nothing like a little more of the much tolerated black on white racism. Getting old.

Pearl
Pearl
4 months ago

Pass the popcorn.

Jen
Jen
4 months ago

Apparently BLM doesn’t matter for $10 Million;) Lady Antebellum has been around for about quite a while and is no longer at their peak. Maybe they should move away from the south and move to LA or NYC. Let’s see how that works out.