Last week Lady Antebellum, a country music group whose music I’ve never ever heard (I exclusively listen to Imagine Dragons [JK JK]) changed their name to Lady A after “many honest conversations” with their Black friends. Because now that everyone finally agrees racism is bad, using the word “antebellum”, which harkens back to the pre-Civil War South and slavery, is a no-go.
But, as we all know, the road to problematic is paved with good intentions. The band was immediately called out for using the same name as Anita White, a Black Seattle blues singer who’s been performing as “Lady A” for over two decades. The real Lady A was annoyed no one reached out to her or bothered to Google the name. A-greed! Now the band, in White Damage Control Level 2.0 (we saw Kristen Bell in this mode yesterday), has shared that they “privately” spoke to Lady A to discuss the name.
We’re extremely lucky here at Dlisted. We’ve been given an unprecedented sneak peek into this highly exclusive and personal Zoom meeting:
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Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A. Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had. We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come. #LadyABluesSoulFunkGospelArtist #TheTruthIsLoud @ladya_bluesdiva @dexter_allen_entertainment @oliveriiijohn
Lady A-Classic also posted the same picture and caption to her Instagram page.
After their authentic conversation, the band (why don’t they just change their name to “The Band”? Don’t bother Googling, I’m sure it’s available) confirmed through their publicist that they’ll go forward with the Lady A moniker. So will Lady A the First, who told USA Today:
“We talked about attempting to co-exist but didn’t discuss what that would look like, but I was clear I’m keeping my name,” White said, adding that she accepted the apology. “Now we are turning hurt into hope.”
How gracious. And it’s a good thing that they’re trying to work it out. But honestly, changing your name to a name that a Black artist has used for years is such a Karen thing to do so Lady A(antebellum) should just stop fighting it and change their name to Lady K.