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White Lady Antebellum Steals From Black Lady A

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, July 9, 2020

White Folks Trying To Steal From Black Folks

Southern White Musical Trio Attempting To Steal Name From The Black Woman Who’s Used It For 20+ Years


The irony!

White folks sue Black woman who’s been known professionally as “Lady A” for 20+ years.

The original Lady A is a 61-year-old black singer who’s released multiple records under that name, and said in part that

“This is my life.
They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that,
for them,
is just a moment in time.”

Lady Antebellum’s very actions exemplify and perpetuate the sense of White Entitlement.

For several years they didn’t give a rat’s rip about the name, and “suddenly” they care.

Yeah… right.

And so now, the racist bastards are gonna’ try and steal it from her… legally.

In a July 8 story in Billboard headlined as “The Band Lady A Files Lawsuit Against Singer Anita ‘Lady A’ White: Exclusive” Melinda Newman wrote in part that

“The suit also alleges that after conversations broke down between the band — whose members are Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and David Haywood — and the singer and their respective attorneys, White’s new counsel “delivered a draft settlement agreement that included an exorbitant monetary demand.” While the dollar figure is not mentioned in the suit, a statement concurrently issued by the band says the amount is $10 million.

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

Variety picked up the news as well, and in an article headlined as “‘Lady A’: Group Sues Singer for Right to Share Name, Says Lawyers Demanded $10 Million; The Nashville trio says it was granted a trademark on “Lady A” in 2011 after five years of use, but the blues singer of that name first released music in 2010. So much for a planned joint single.” which was published Jul 8, 2020 5:30pm PT.

The information for the story came from an Instagram post made by the trio which in part read:

“It was a stirring in our hearts and reflection on our own blindspots that led us to announce a few weeks ago that we were dropping the word ‘Antebellum’ from our name and moving forward using only the name so many of our fans already knew us by. When we learned that Ms. White had also been performing under the name Lady A, we had heartfelt discussions with her about how we can all come together and make something special and beautiful out of this moment. We never even entertained the idea that she shouldn’t also be able to use the name Lady A, and never will – today’s action doesn’t change that.

“Instead, we shared our stories, listened to each other, prayed and spent hours on the phone and text writing a song about this experience together. We felt we had been brought together for a reason and saw this as living out the calling that brought us to make this change in the first place. We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to work together with Anita for that greater purpose.

That kind of drivel – prosaic use of language such as “a stirring in our hearts,” and words such as “heartfelt,” phrases like “all come together and make something special and beautiful” – are purposely designed to pull at the emotional heartstrings of readers, and are nothing but a manipulative tool.

And for Southerners, at least – and Lady Antebellum is a musical ménage à trois of Three White Southerners – one must include religion, so it’s entirely apropos to let folks know that “we prayed.”

They just have the wrong god – mammon.

This entire ordeal stinks to high heaven of racism, and White Entitlement – it is the VERY embodiment, the quintessential substance of everything and every ideal that the Black Lives Matter movement stands for, and fights against – White Power.

It also shows Lady Antebellum’s utter lack of creativity.

A creative person could’ve announced a New Name Contest and given the three runners-up “consolation prizes” of $10,000 each, while the Grand Prize Winner – all which would be submitted and chosen by fans – a $100,000 cash prize.

But no… Lady Antebellum is not that creative.

The Three White Bitches would rather expend much more money to lawyer up and very publicly legally steal from a Black Woman.

There are a variety of names which they now ought to be called:

• Entitled White Thieves
• Three White Folks Stealing Names
• The Southern Bi-Sexual Ménage à Trois
• Three Musical Confederates
• Sorry… Not Sorry
• Three White Lives Matter More
• All White Meat: Two Men and a Woman
• We’re Richer Than You
or, the most apropos…

• Three Clueless White Southern Shitheads.

But if they really want to stay with the architectural theme, they could take:

• Ghost of Frank Lloyd Wright
• Greek Revival
• Dorian Columns
• Corinthian Scrolls
• Split-Level Singers
• Ranch-Style Songsters
• Idols of Excess
• Marble Columns
• Three Colonnades
• Spiral Staircase (that name has been used as “Spiral Starecase”)
• Cupola Singers
• Belvidere’s Belfry

Of course, another altogether unique option is:
The Band With A Racist Name

Joe Coscarelli of the New York Times wrote and confirmed the proceedings which the Nashville trio made “In the weeks that followed [the announcement made by Lady Antebellum to change their name], an apparent détente between the two parties, initially celebrated on social media by both sides, faltered when representatives for White “demanded a $10 million payment,” the band said in a statement on Wednesday. Now, the platinum-selling Nashville group has filed a lawsuit that seeks no monetary damages, but asks the court to affirm “a trademark we have held for many years.”

So apparently, the figure of $10 million came up in negotiations between Lady Antebellum and Lady A, which Lady A seemed to have proposed for use of the name “Lady A.”

The group apparently refused.

They’re only worth about $84 Million… and counting.

Ten million wouldn’t even begin to put a dent in their savings or checking accounts… or in the accounts of their corporations, or their accountants, or army of lawyers, or the numerous members of their extended entourages.

But seriously, the platinum-selling threesome has confessed being lackadaisical in their name choice, so this shenanigans is nothing but pure laziness on their part.


Now, before you go off all half-cocked, read on… to become full-cocked.

Yes, this entire ordeal is stupid.

And what exactly is “this entire ordeal”?

“This entire ordeal” is that the White county-pop musical threesome Lady Antebellum – consisting of two men and a woman based out of Nashville, Tennessee which was formed in 2006 – have “suddenly” been seized with pangs of conscience and decided that, in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, to change their name to “Lady A,” noting that the term “antebellum” meant pre-war – particularly as in pre-Civil War.

In a 2011 interview with Scott Simon of NPR, published on September 9, 2011, the Lady Antebellum musical trio were asked about the origin of the group’s name.

SIMON: Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, can I get you to tell us where the name comes from, Lady Antebellum? I mean, I kind of know what an antebellum period, the U.S. history between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

HAYWOOD: Yeah. You know…

SIMON: Oh, I’m sorry. You guys insist that I call that the War of Northern Aggression or something like that?


HAYWOOD: No, it’s funny. We actually didn’t mean anything by it. When you’re looking for a band name – I know it sounds weird, but everything you look at and everything you observe and read you kind of think, man, maybe that could be our band name. And you’re looking at all these different random things to come up with something hopefully unique.

And we were taking some photos one day in front of one of these old antebellum homes and, you know, one of us said the word and we all kind of stopped and said, man, that could be a name. There could be something with that word. It just feels kind of country and nostalgic and we thought that it had a unique sound to it. It had a lady in the group, obviously, and threw Lady in the front of it for no reason.

I wish we had a great resounding story to remember for the name, but it stuck ever since.

Some years later, in an interview with the Cheyenne Post published July 20, 2019, the group’s members – Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood – stated the following about the origin of the group’s name:

“We were taking pictures outside an Antebellum home in Nashville and we were searching for a name,” Kelley said. “We were going to call ourselves something like Springdale, or something, but names are so hard to come up with. I was like man that’s a beautiful Antebellum house, and that’s cool, maybe there’s a haunted ghost or something in there like Lady Antebellum. We all thought it sounded cool like southern rock, and there was a southern rock kind of song we had written, and The Beatles was taken,” he laughed.

In a June 11, 2020 article for Good Housekeeping about the group’s name change, Lizz Schumer wrote that:

The dictionary definition of antebellum literally means “before the war,” coming from the Latin phrase, ante bellum. It became widely associated with the U.S. Civil War after it was over, and now calls to mind grand plantation-style architecture with stately columns, sprawling grounds, trees draped in Spanish moss, and women in hoop skirts fainting on the porch a la Gone With the Wind. But the key word here is plantation.

That’s the major problem with the antebellum aesthetic: It was built on the backs of slave labor. While the original term wasn’t offensive, “antebellum” as we use it today glorifies a painful period in our history when Black people were enslaved by white people. It’s important to remember that architecture, fashion, and even language don’t live in a vacuum. They’re contextual and evolve along with our society. Elements of our past we may have thought acceptable or even romanticized at one time have been revealed as problematic today. That includes the term antebellum.

The group’s announcement of a name change was made on June 11 in a letter posted via Twitter, which is also linked, and posted herein:

Lady Antebellum letter page 1

Lady Antebellum letter page 2

Lady Antebellum letter page 3

Lady Antebellum letter page 4

It didn’t take long for the musical world to take note that the trio’s unilateral decision to change its name was ill-thought-out, and just about as off-the-cuff as their decision to take a name.

The very next day, Rolling Stone published an article by Amy X. Wang, and Ethan Millman headlined as “Lady Antebellum Is Now ‘Lady A.’ But So Is a Blues Singer Who’s Used the Name for 20 Years.”

“Seattle blues singer Lady A had just gotten off of work on Thursday when a bombardment of phone messages from friends, fans and producers came in all shouting the same thing: Her name had been stolen.

“Earlier that day, Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum — whose name had been criticized for its associations with romanticized ideas of the pre-war, slavery-ridden American South — announced they were changing their name to Lady A in light of a heightened national conversation about racism. Lady Antebellum made the changes swiftly on social media and distribution platforms including Spotify and Apple Music, and the group’s website also announced their rechristening as Lady A. But according to Seattle’s Lady A, neither the band nor any members of their team reached out to her before making the change.

“This Lady A — a 61-year-old black woman whose real name is Anita White — has been playing the blues under the name for more than 20 years. She began singing as a gospel performer at church and started going by Lady A for karaoke nights in the Eighties. She’s released multiple albums with the name, and on top of her day job working with Seattle Public Utilities, she’s gearing up to release another album, Lady A: Live in New Orleans, on her birthday on July 18th.”

According to the Rolling Stone article, the White Nashville trio “Lady Antebellum” made no effort to contact Anita White who has been professionally known as “Lady A” for over 20 years.

“This is my life.
Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done.
This is too much right now.
They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that,
for them,
is just a moment in time.
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.

“It’s an opportunity for them to pretend they’re not racist or pretend this means something to them.
If it did, they would’ve done some research.
And I’m not happy about that.
You found me on Spotify easily — why couldn’t they?

“I’m not about to stop using my name.
For them to not even reach out is pure privilege.”

– Anita White, Seattle-area blues performer who has used the name “Lady A” for over 20 years

Music attorney Bob Celestin says that brand name ownership is “about who is first to use a name. Audience size is irrelevant. And the question is, does the original Lady A have a trademark registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office? If she does, she can go ahead and sue Lady Antebellum for infringement. If not, she still has a common law trademark and she can still show that she’s been using the name in commerce — records, posters, tour flyers — for a number of years. She is first to use the mark in commerce, so that gives her a superior right to the name.”

The essence of the lawsuit filed by the Nashville trio “Lady Antebellum” is one of pure theft… legal theft.

They’re reckless, thoughtless, lazy, White folks with a sense of entitlement who think the world is their oyster.

Lady Antebellum name suit
Lady Antebellum has chosen to make their attempted name change lawsuit a Federal Case, and has filed suit in the United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. The document is 13 pages long.

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