Last month, the band Lady Antebellum introduced they’d be changing their name to Lady A, apologizing for utilizing a reputation related to slavery in America. The following day (June 12), the Seattle-based Black blues singer Anita White, who has passed by the title Lady A for greater than 20 years, spoke out concerning the nation band’s determination. Today (July 8) the band Lady A have introduced that they’ve filed a lawsuit in opposition to the singer Lady A and are asking a Nashville court docket to grant its proper to the trademark of the title.
“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 mentioned in an announcement. “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.” Read the band’s full assertion under.
The lawsuit additional claims that the band utilized to register the title “Lady A” for leisure functions, together with reside performances and streaming programming. “Prior to 2020, White did not challenge, in any way, Plaintiffs’ open, obvious, and widespread nationwide and international use of the LADY A mark as a source indicator for Plaintiffs’ recorded, downloadable, and streaming music and videos, Plaintiffs’ live musical performances, or Plaintiffs’ sale of souvenir merchandise,” the go well with states. White has carried out below the title whereas touring and on recorded music launched way back to 2010, however the go well with claims that “prior to 2020, White did not challenge, in any way, Plaintiffs’ open, obvious, and widespread nationwide and international use of the LADY A mark.”
Last month, Lady A claimed they and White had come to an settlement. “They have agreed that both should continue to move forward as Lady A,” a publicist for the band mentioned in a statement on June 16. On the identical day, White told Newsday that the declare from the band was untimely. “I’m not happy about [it] yet again after talking in good faith. … Their camp is trying to erase me and I’ll have more to say tomorrow. Trust is important and I no longer trust them.”
Today we’re unhappy to share that our honest hope to affix along with Anita White in unity and customary function has ended. She and her crew have demanded a $10 million cost, so reluctantly we now have come to the conclusion that we have to ask a court docket to affirm our proper to proceed to make use of the title Lady A, a trademark we now have held for a few years. It was a stirring in our hearts and reflection on our personal blindspots that led us to announce a number of weeks in the past that we had been dropping the phrase “Antebellum” from our title and shifting ahead utilizing solely the title so lots of our followers already knew us by.
When we discovered that Ms. White had additionally been performing below the title Lady A, we had heartfelt discussions along with her about how we will all come collectively and make one thing particular and exquisite out of this second. We by no means even entertained the concept that she shouldn’t additionally be capable of use the title Lady A, and by no means will—right this moment’s motion doesn’t change that. Instead, we shared our tales, listened to one another, prayed and spent hours on the cellphone and textual content writing a music about this expertise collectively. We felt we had been introduced collectively for a cause and noticed this as residing out the calling that introduced us to make this alteration within the first place.
We’re disenchanted that we received’t be capable of work along with Anita for that larger function. We’re nonetheless dedicated to educating ourselves, our youngsters and doing our half to struggle for the racial justice so desperately wanted in our nation and around the globe. We’ve solely taken the primary small steps and can prioritize racial equality as a key pillar of the work of LadyAID, particularly leaning into supporting and empowering our youth. We hope Anita and the advisers she is now listening to will change their minds about their method. We can achieve this far more collectively than on this dispute.