Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum,” from their name because of the word’s ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.
The Grammy-winning vocal group filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in federal court after negotiations with Anita White broke down in recent weeks. According to the lawsuit, the band is seeking a ruling that their use of the trademark “Lady A” does not infringe on White’s alleged trademark rights of the same name. The band is not seeking monetary damages.
The group made up Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood announced the name change last month, saying they were regretful for not taking into consideration the word antebellum’s associations with slavery.
Dr. Phil’s production companies got up to $7 million in government aid loans during the pandemic — while his son splashed out on a $10 million Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion, Page Six has learned.
According to newly released documents, Dr. Phil’s production companies received up to $7 million from the paycheck protection program, the massive federal plan designed to help small businesses ride out the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus.
Stage 29 Productions, run by Phil McGraw and his son Jay McGraw, got a loan valued at between $1 million and $2 million. The company makes programs, including Dr. Phil’s eponymous talk show and “DailyMailTV,” and was on a list of recipients disclosed on Monday by the Small Business Administration.
Dr. Phil’s other production company, Peteski Productions, also got a loan valued at between $2 million and $5 million, the government agency reported.
The feature, financed by the backers of ‘To the Bone’ and ‘Loving Vincent,’ is said to be the first to rely on an artificially intelligent actor.
As the industry grapples with how to reopen for production safely, one movie is proceeding with a lead actress who is immune to COVID-19 — because she’s a robot named Erica.
Bondit Capital Media, which financed titles such as To the Bone and the Oscar nominated Loving Vincent, Belgium-based Happy Moon Productions and New York’s Ten Ten Global Media have committed to back b, a $70 million science fiction film which producers say will be the first to rely on an artificially intelligent actor.
Based on a story by visual effects supervisor Eric Pham, Tarek Zohdy, and Sam Khoze, who also produces through Life Entertainment, b follows a scientist who discovers dangers associated with a program he created to perfect human DNA and helps the artificially intelligent woman he designed (Erica) escape.
‘Borat’ star Sacha Baron Cohen “infiltrated” a right-wing event and posed as a racist singer, but details surrounding the stunt suggest it was staged to make the crowd look more like willing participants than they actually were.
At a ‘March for Our Rights 3’ rally in Olympia, Washington, Baron Cohen dressed in overalls and donned a fake beard before making his way to a stage at the event, where he proceeded to sing about infecting people like Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci with the “Wuhan flu,” as well as chopping up journalists “like the Saudis do.”
While video from the performance appears to show at least some in the crowd singing along with Baron Cohen’s controversial lyrics, organizers behind the event have been quick to call the comedian out over his setup, which included using security guards to block people from stopping the performance or cutting off power to the stage.
Bestselling Harry Potter author Joanne Rowling received serious backlash at the beginning of June after defending sex as a biological category.
Her statements, however, were interpreted as “transphobic” by many transgender activists and criticised by public speakers, including the Harry Potter star himself, Daniel Radcliffe.
The Shining author Stephen King has weighed in on the controversy surrounding British writer JK Rowling by saying in a Twitter reply that “trans women are women”.
Rowling landed in hot water in June after commenting on a Devex article titled “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 word for people who menstruate”. The writer mockingly asked whether it was “women” that the article was actually referring to. However, she soon received severe condemnation for her remark, with many accusing her of “transphobia” in relation to transgender men, who also menstruate.
The BET Awards kicked off Sunday night with an extended, star-studded rendition of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” one of a slew of tributes to the Black Lives Matter movement that dominated the annual awards show that honors black achievement in entertainment and sports.
“Fight the Power” helped to open the virtual ceremony, with a montage of Black Lives Matter protests and other scenes of racial protest.
Host Amanda Seales of HBO’s Insecure paid tribute to Breonna Taylor during her opening monologue, calling for justice for the 26-year-old Kentucky resident who was killed during a police raid earlier this year. Seales noted “Breonna Taylor’s killers have not been arrested.”
Race-baiting leftist prankster Sacha Baron Cohen infiltrated and disrupted a Second Amendment rally in Olympia, Washington on Saturday by disguising himself as a country singer then proceeding to sing a song called “Throw The Jew Down The Well” on stage.
Cohen used fake donors and a fake production company to set up the “March For Our Rights 3” event for his racist stunt.
Co-founder of the freedom rally Allen Acosta said that Cohen and his team approached them as a group called “Back To Work USA” from Orange County, California, whereby they offered to provide security, portapotties, barriers, bands, and a stage for the event.
“As of this morning, we had two bands; the band that opened, and the band that’s closing right now, the Gatling Brothers,” an organizer said on Facebook. Well, the second band started playing their set, and about halfway into the set, or where I’d expect them to be about done, they started into an incredibly racist song.”
Dixie Chicks are changing their name. The trio will go forward as The Chicks. The band revealed the change with the branding for its new song “March March.” The Chicks have also amended the cover of their comeback album Gaslighter to reflect the new name. In addition, the band’s socialmediapages and website now refer to the trio as the Chicks. Watch the new “March March” video below.
On June 17, writer Jeremy Helligar penned an op-ed for Variety that questioned the country trio’s band name. (The term “Dixie,” long associated with the South and Southern culture, was originally derived from the Mason-Dixon line.) Helligar noted the recent controversy surrounding Lady Antebellum’s name change to Lady A had netted that band a good amount of press attention before writing, “The Dixie Chicks don’t need to change their name to get that kind of publicity, but their silence has been deafening. This is a discussion we need to have, and they should be a part of it.”
The founder of MOBO, an organization that gives out awards exclusively to black artists, is demanding the UK government address “racism” in the music industry, claiming that black people are being held back.
“Kanya King said more should have been done to support black artists and promote black executives to positions of influence,” reports Sky News. “She has written an open letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden outlining her concerns, and said the racial inequalities experienced by black people could not be “swept under a red carpet”.”
So the founder of a group that deliberately excludes people because of their skin color is complaining about racism?