In December 2020, I documented the trademark lawsuit of the singer Anita White, who has performed under the name Lady A for over 25 years, until the group formerly known as Lady Antebellum, in an episode of born-again Woke, decided they would use that for their new, less racist, name.
Racism is, as racism does.
Rolling Stone Magazine reports that a year later, Lady A the singer still has not gotten justice or the right to fully brand the moniker she has performed under for almost 30 years.
One year ago, the black Seattle blues singer had to enter an unexpected battle over her own name when the country trio formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced they’d change their name to Lady A to distance themselves from the former name over its reference to the pre-Civil War, slavery ridden American South, unintentionally co-opting the name from her.
While the band and White had amicable conversations in the days following Rolling Stone breaking the news, the two parties couldn’t reach an agreement on the name’s use. The band had previously registered a trademark to the name, while White’s claiming common law ownership given her use of the name for nearly 30 years. The band would file a lawsuit against White in Tennessee asking for legal documentation verifying their rights to the name alongside White, who herself feels she shouldn’t have to share the name that was already hers. White later filed a countersuit of her own in Washington. The court denied White’s request to dismiss the band’s suit, and proceedings will begin in Tennessee if the two parties cannot settle by next year.
“They get to make their music, tour as ‘Lady A’ and get to continue to use that name without any regard to hurting my brand,” she says. “I said it was going to happen and now I feel myself getting erased.”
Rolling Stone did an extensive interview with White, memorializing the one-year marker when talks between White and the band broke down. Lady A the band filed a lawsuit in Tennessee, and Lady A
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