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Lady Antebellum reveals they have met privately with the original Lady A

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Country music group Lady Antebellum announced last week that they were changing their name to Lady A, apologizing for using the name for 14 years because of its connotations to slavery in the South.

However, the group was seemingly unaware that, for the past 20 years, a black artist named Anita White had been performing under the name Lady A, who blasted the country group in a Rolling Stone interview, stating that, ‘It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it.’

The country group revealed on Monday that they had connected with the original Lady A through video conferencing, adding they’re ‘moving forward’ with a solution to their situation, which may even lead to a new song collaboration. 

Connected: The country group revealed on Monday that they had connected with the original Lady A through video conferencing, adding they're 'moving forward' with a solution to their situation, which may even lead to a new song collaboration

Connected: The country group revealed on Monday that they had connected with the original Lady A through video conferencing, adding they're 'moving forward' with a solution to their situation, which may even lead to a new song collaboration

Connected: The country group revealed on Monday that they had connected with the original Lady A through video conferencing, adding they’re ‘moving forward’ with a solution to their situation, which may even lead to a new song collaboration

‘Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A,’ the country group began, which is comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.

‘Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had. We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground,’ the group added.

‘The hurt is turning into hope. More to come,’ they concluded, while including hashtags #LadyABluesSoulFunkGospelArtist #TheTruthIsLoud and tagging @ladya_bluesdiva @dexter_allen_entertainment and @oliveriiijohn.

Privately: 'Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A,' the country group began, which is comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood

Privately: 'Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A,' the country group began, which is comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood

Privately: ‘Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A,’ the country group began, which is comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood

They also shared a photo of the video conferencing meeting with the group, the original Lady A, Allen and John all smiling.

The original Lady A shared the same photo and message, but added something else in her Instagram story. 

She shared an Instagram story post from black country artist Michael Ricks, who posted a photo of the Rolling Stone article where White spoke about about Lady Antebellum taking a name she had been using for 20 years.

Instagram Story: The original Lady A shared the same photo and message, but added something else in her Instagram story

Instagram Story: The original Lady A shared the same photo and message, but added something else in her Instagram story

Instagram Story: The original Lady A shared the same photo and message, but added something else in her Instagram story

He also added, ‘Do a song together? In the spirit of racial reconciliation?’ while also adding, ‘Be the next Lil Nas X and Billy Ray,’ referring to their massive hit remix Old Town Road.

White didn’t elaborate any further, so it isn’t clear if a song collaboration is happening or not. 

The 61-year-old White has been performing in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years, and she has released four solo albums with the name.

Original Lady A: The 61-year-old White has been performing in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years, and she has released four solo albums with the name

Original Lady A: The 61-year-old White has been performing in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years, and she has released four solo albums with the name

Original Lady A: The 61-year-old White has been performing in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years, and she has released four solo albums with the name

She also told Seattle’s WWLTV that she was planning on releasing her fifth album, Lady A: Live from New Orleans, on her birthday, July 18.

She has released BlueZ in the Key of Mey in 2010, followed by How Did I Get Here in 2013, Loved, Blessed and Blues in 2016 and Doin’ Fine in 2018.

According to the Seattle Public Library, she also hosts blues and gospel radio shows in the area.

New album: She also told Seattle's WWLTV that she was planning on releasing her fifth album, Lady A: Live from New Orleans, on her birthday, July 18

New album: She also told Seattle's WWLTV that she was planning on releasing her fifth album, Lady A: Live from New Orleans, on her birthday, July 18

New album: She also told Seattle’s WWLTV that she was planning on releasing her fifth album, Lady A: Live from New Orleans, on her birthday, July 18

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The Rock announces he’ll vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in his FIRST presidential endorsement

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Retired WWE wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson made his first-ever presidential endorsement on Sunday during a virtual seven-minute chat with Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.

‘I’ve voted for Democrats in the past and as well as Republican,’ the 48-year-old ‘political independent and centrist’ – who boasts 306.4M social media followers – wrote.

‘In this critical election, I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the best to lead our country, and…I proudly endorse them for the presidential office of our United States. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, grit, kindness and respect. Being kind and respectful to one another will always matter.’

Getting political: Retired WWE wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson made his first-ever presidential endorsement on Sunday during a virtual seven-minute chat with Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris

Getting political: Retired WWE wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson made his first-ever presidential endorsement on Sunday during a virtual seven-minute chat with Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris

Getting political: Retired WWE wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson made his first-ever presidential endorsement on Sunday during a virtual seven-minute chat with Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris

Speaking to the pair, Dwayne said: ‘You guys are both obviously experienced to lead. You’ve done great things. Joe, you’ve had such an incredible career. You’ve led in my opinion, with great compassion, and heart, and drive, but also soul. You and I talked about that in the past and how important soul is.’

Johnson also praised the 55-year-old California Senator as being ‘smart and tough’ saying: ‘I’ve seen you in those hearings and in my opinion you are a certified bad***.’

When the half-Black, half-Samoan action star asked them how they plan on earning the respect of the entire nation, the 77-year-old former Vice President was first to respond.

‘By doing what we say we’re going to do. By keeping our word. By leveling with the American people. By taking responsibility. When we fail, acknowledge it. We’re not going to be perfect, but take responsibility,’ Biden explained.

The 48-year-old 'political independent and centrist' clarified: 'I've voted for Democrats in the past and as well as Republican. In this critical election, I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the best to lead our country, and...I proudly endorse them for the presidential office of our United States. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, grit, kindness and respect. Being kind and respectful to one another will always matter'

The 48-year-old 'political independent and centrist' clarified: 'I've voted for Democrats in the past and as well as Republican. In this critical election, I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the best to lead our country, and...I proudly endorse them for the presidential office of our United States. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, grit, kindness and respect. Being kind and respectful to one another will always matter'

The 48-year-old ‘political independent and centrist’ clarified: ‘I’ve voted for Democrats in the past and as well as Republican. In this critical election, I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the best to lead our country, and…I proudly endorse them for the presidential office of our United States. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, grit, kindness and respect. Being kind and respectful to one another will always matter’

Speaking to the pair, Dwayne said: 'You guys are both obviously experienced to lead. You've done great things. Joe, you've had such an incredible career. You've led in my opinion, with great compassion, and heart, and drive, but also soul. You and I talked about that in the past and how important soul is.'

Speaking to the pair, Dwayne said: 'You guys are both obviously experienced to lead. You've done great things. Joe, you've had such an incredible career. You've led in my opinion, with great compassion, and heart, and drive, but also soul. You and I talked about that in the past and how important soul is.'

Speaking to the pair, Dwayne said: ‘You guys are both obviously experienced to lead. You’ve done great things. Joe, you’ve had such an incredible career. You’ve led in my opinion, with great compassion, and heart, and drive, but also soul. You and I talked about that in the past and how important soul is.’

Johnson also praised the 55-year-old California Senator as being 'smart and tough' saying: 'I've seen you in those hearings and in my opinion you are a certified bad***'

Johnson also praised the 55-year-old California Senator as being 'smart and tough' saying: 'I've seen you in those hearings and in my opinion you are a certified bad***'

Johnson also praised the 55-year-old California Senator as being ‘smart and tough’ saying: ‘I’ve seen you in those hearings and in my opinion you are a certified bad***’

'By keeping our word. By leveling with the American people. By taking responsibility': When the half-Black, half-Samoan action star asked them how they plan on earning the respect of the entire nation, the 77-year-old former Vice President was first to respond

'By keeping our word. By leveling with the American people. By taking responsibility': When the half-Black, half-Samoan action star asked them how they plan on earning the respect of the entire nation, the 77-year-old former Vice President was first to respond

‘By keeping our word. By leveling with the American people. By taking responsibility’: When the half-Black, half-Samoan action star asked them how they plan on earning the respect of the entire nation, the 77-year-old former Vice President was first to respond

‘Say, “This is what I’m going to do, this is what I believe and tell the truth.” That sounds so basic, but the American people are strong, they’re tough, they can take anything if you level with them, and tell the truth, and one of the ways we’re going to do it is to demonstrate we mean what we say. Our administration, DJ, is going to look like America. It’s going to be representative of all of America.’

Harris expanded on the idea of not having trust unless you speak the truth.

‘You know that as a parent, we know that as parents, you have to speak truth. And as long as there is an understanding that it is being spoken not to confront, not to hurt, but to deal with things, the way they must be handled,’ Kamala continued.

Biden explained: 'Say, "This is what I'm going to do, this is what I believe and tell the truth." That sounds so basic, but the American people are strong, they're tough, they can take anything if you level with them, and tell the truth, and one of the ways we're going to do it is to demonstrate we mean what we say. Our administration, DJ, is going to look like America. It's going to be representative of all of America'

Biden explained: 'Say, "This is what I'm going to do, this is what I believe and tell the truth." That sounds so basic, but the American people are strong, they're tough, they can take anything if you level with them, and tell the truth, and one of the ways we're going to do it is to demonstrate we mean what we say. Our administration, DJ, is going to look like America. It's going to be representative of all of America'

Biden explained: ‘Say, “This is what I’m going to do, this is what I believe and tell the truth.” That sounds so basic, but the American people are strong, they’re tough, they can take anything if you level with them, and tell the truth, and one of the ways we’re going to do it is to demonstrate we mean what we say. Our administration, DJ, is going to look like America. It’s going to be representative of all of America’

'You know that as a parent, we know that as parents, you have to speak truth': Harris expanded on the idea of not having trust unless you speak the truth

'You know that as a parent, we know that as parents, you have to speak truth': Harris expanded on the idea of not having trust unless you speak the truth

‘You know that as a parent, we know that as parents, you have to speak truth’: Harris expanded on the idea of not having trust unless you speak the truth

Girl dad: Indeed, Dwayne has two daughters - Jasmine Lia, 4; and Tiana Gia, 2 - with his second wife, singer Lauren Hashian (pictured August 16)

Girl dad: Indeed, Dwayne has two daughters - Jasmine Lia, 4; and Tiana Gia, 2 - with his second wife, singer Lauren Hashian (pictured August 16)

Girl dad: Indeed, Dwayne has two daughters – Jasmine Lia, 4; and Tiana Gia, 2 – with his second wife, singer Lauren Hashian (pictured August 16)

Following in his wrestling footsteps: Johnson is also father to 19-year-old daughter Simone from his 11-year marriage to his frequent executive producer, Dany Garcia (posted February 10)

Following in his wrestling footsteps: Johnson is also father to 19-year-old daughter Simone from his 11-year marriage to his frequent executive producer, Dany Garcia (posted February 10)

Following in his wrestling footsteps: Johnson is also father to 19-year-old daughter Simone from his 11-year marriage to his frequent executive producer, Dany Garcia (posted February 10)

‘That has to be part of the core of what we do as we go forward because to your point, we’re facing as a country so many challenges and people are grieving. I mean, people are grieving the loss of life, the loss of jobs, the loss of certainty, the loss of normalcy and to heal and get through this we’re gonna have to be honest about what healing will require. 

‘That’s one of the things that Joe and I really do have in common, which is we’re motivated by healing, but we know to do that, we have to be honest about what it’s going to take.’

Indeed, Dwayne has two daughters – Jasmine Lia, 4; and Tiana Gia, 2 – with his second wife, singer Lauren Hashian.

Johnson and his family recently recovered from a bout with COVID-19.

Streaming next year on Netflix! On September 19, the Jumanji actor got back to work as Interpol agent in Rawson Marshall Thurber's action adventure comedy Red Notice alongside Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds

Streaming next year on Netflix! On September 19, the Jumanji actor got back to work as Interpol agent in Rawson Marshall Thurber's action adventure comedy Red Notice alongside Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds

Streaming next year on Netflix! On September 19, the Jumanji actor got back to work as Interpol agent in Rawson Marshall Thurber’s action adventure comedy Red Notice alongside Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds

Ready to rumble: Biden will face off against his opponent President Donald Trump at the first official debate this Tuesday and Harris will debate Vice President Mike Pence on October 7 (pictured August 20)

Ready to rumble: Biden will face off against his opponent President Donald Trump at the first official debate this Tuesday and Harris will debate Vice President Mike Pence on October 7 (pictured August 20)

Ready to rumble: Biden will face off against his opponent President Donald Trump at the first official debate this Tuesday and Harris will debate Vice President Mike Pence on October 7 (pictured August 20)

The Jumanji: The Next Level actor is also father to 19-year-old daughter Simone – who’s following in his wrestling footsteps – from his 11-year marriage to his frequent executive producer, Dany Garcia.

Dwayne joined a long list of A-list endorsements from celebrities like Eva Longoria, Stephen Curry, Kerry Washington, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

On September 19, Johnson got back to work as Interpol agent in Rawson Marshall Thurber’s action adventure comedy Red Notice – streaming next year on Netflix – alongside Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.

Meanwhile, Biden will face off against his opponent President Donald Trump at the first official debate this Tuesday and Harris will debate Vice President Mike Pence on October 7.

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Javicia Leslie flashes a bright smile as she is seen for the first time in her full Batwoman suit

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When season two of The CW’s Batwoman premieres in January 2021, Javicia Leslie will become the first Black actress to play the superhero in a live-action television series. 

And now, with her debut now just four months away, the 33-year-old actress has been spotted in her full costume on Saturday. 

During production in rainy Vancouver, Leslie looked every inch the leading lady while sprinting away from a sleek black vehicle with her long, fiery-red tresses. 

Ready: Javicia Leslie was spotted in her full Batwoman costume for the first time on Saturday, just four months ahead of her CW series' premiere in January 2021

Ready: Javicia Leslie was spotted in her full Batwoman costume for the first time on Saturday, just four months ahead of her CW series' premiere in January 2021

Ready: Javicia Leslie was spotted in her full Batwoman costume for the first time on Saturday, just four months ahead of her CW series’ premiere in January 2021 

Between scenes, a woman held an umbrella over the star, who flashed a bright smile under the iconic Batwoman winged-mask.    

Despite wearing the same cape and cowl Ruby Rose‘s Kate Kane wore in the first season, Leslie previously promised that her Ryan Wilder character will put her own personal touch on the Batsuit. 

‘Look out, Gotham, I’m suited up and ready to go,’ the Maryland native wrote in the caption of her Instagram post on Friday. 

Excited: Despite wearing the same cape and cowl Ruby Rose 's Kate Kane wore in the first season, Leslie promises that her Ryan Wilder character will put her own personal touch on the Batsuit

Excited: Despite wearing the same cape and cowl Ruby Rose 's Kate Kane wore in the first season, Leslie promises that her Ryan Wilder character will put her own personal touch on the Batsuit

Excited: Despite wearing the same cape and cowl Ruby Rose ‘s Kate Kane wore in the first season, Leslie promises that her Ryan Wilder character will put her own personal touch on the Batsuit

Heroic: As she shot scenes in rainy Vancouver, Leslie looked every inch the leading lady while sprinting away from a sleek black vehicle with her long, fiery-red tresses

Heroic: As she shot scenes in rainy Vancouver, Leslie looked every inch the leading lady while sprinting away from a sleek black vehicle with her long, fiery-red tresses

Heroic: As she shot scenes in rainy Vancouver, Leslie looked every inch the leading lady while sprinting away from a sleek black vehicle with her long, fiery-red tresses

DC Comics also shared the image of Leslie in costume on Twitter, writing: ‘She’s here to protect Gotham. Get a first look at @JaviciaLeslie as #Batwoman.’ 

In the promo photo, the heroine can be seen flashing a stern and focused look into the camera. 

In season one, Rose’s Kate Kane set out to overcome her demons and become a symbol of hope by protecting the streets of Gotham City as Batwoman, some three years after the disappearance of her cousin Bruce Wayne/Batman. 

In the promo photo, the heroine can be seen flashing a stern and focused look into the camera

In the promo photo, the heroine can be seen flashing a stern and focused look into the camera

In the promo photo, the heroine can be seen flashing a stern and focused look into the camera

Teaser: Leslie promises that her Ryan Wilder character will put her 'own spin' on the Batsuit

Teaser: Leslie promises that her Ryan Wilder character will put her 'own spin' on the Batsuit

Teaser: Leslie promises that her Ryan Wilder character will put her ‘own spin’ on the Batsuit

Kane’s disappearance will be written into the story in season two, which will portray Ryan Wilder as likable, messy, slightly goofy and untamed.

Like Kane, Wilder be an out and proud lesbian, with her own personal issues that includes being a drug runner who has crossed paths with the GCPD in the past.  

Leslie, who’s best known for her roles on God Friended Me and The Family Business, sounded proud and humble when she addressed some of the responsibilities that come with such a high-profile role as Batwoman.

Grateful: Leslie, who's best known for her roles on God Friended Me and The Family Business, sounded proud and humble when she recently addressed some of the responsibilities that come with such a high-profile role

Grateful: Leslie, who's best known for her roles on God Friended Me and The Family Business, sounded proud and humble when she recently addressed some of the responsibilities that come with such a high-profile role

Grateful: Leslie, who’s best known for her roles on God Friended Me and The Family Business, sounded proud and humble when she recently addressed some of the responsibilities that come with such a high-profile role

‘I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,’ Leslie said in a statement in July.  

Earlier this month, she gushed that when she ‘read the character description’ it was ‘definitely’ her. 

‘I loved the idea that it’s like goofy meets bada** meets a person who doesn’t like to be told what to do, a person who does not like to follow the rules,’ she told EW

Additionally, she revealed portraying a Black superhero has been her lifelong dream. 

'I loved the idea that it's like goofy meets bada** meets a person who doesn't like to be told what to do, a person who does not like to follow the rules,' she told EW of her character

'I loved the idea that it's like goofy meets bada** meets a person who doesn't like to be told what to do, a person who does not like to follow the rules,' she told EW of her character

‘I loved the idea that it’s like goofy meets bada** meets a person who doesn’t like to be told what to do, a person who does not like to follow the rules,’ she told EW of her character

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Love Island’s Amy Hart displays her incredible figure in animal print swimsuit

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She found fame on the 2019 series of Love Island before quitting the show early when her romance with Curtis Pritchard didn’t work out.

And Amy Hart looked nothing short of sensational as she enjoyed a day by the pool during her trip to Portugal.

The former Love Island star, 27, showcased her incredible figure in a one-piece swimsuit with a leopard and tiger print.

Wow: Amy Hart, 27, looked nothing short of sensational as she enjoyed a day by the pool during her trip to Portugal

Wow: Amy Hart, 27, looked nothing short of sensational as she enjoyed a day by the pool during her trip to Portugal

Wow: Amy Hart, 27, looked nothing short of sensational as she enjoyed a day by the pool during her trip to Portugal

Amy cinched her waist with a black belt while she also sported a pair of sunglasses as she went for a dip.

The reality star styled her blonde locks into an updo for the day while she appeared to go makeup free for the day.

Amy took to her Instagram Stories and shared a snap of herself donning a face mask while on her flight back to the UK. 

It comes after Amy proved there were no hard feelings with ex Curtis Pritchard as the former flames happily posed for a snap together late last month.

Looking good: The former Love Island star showcased her incredible figure in a one-piece swimsuit with a leopard and tiger print

Looking good: The former Love Island star showcased her incredible figure in a one-piece swimsuit with a leopard and tiger print

Looking good: The former Love Island star showcased her incredible figure in a one-piece swimsuit with a leopard and tiger print

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Radiant: Amy cinched her waist with a black belt while she also sported a pair of sunglasses as she went for a dip

Radiant: Amy cinched her waist with a black belt while she also sported a pair of sunglasses as she went for a dip

Radiant: Amy cinched her waist with a black belt while she also sported a pair of sunglasses as she went for a dip

The blonde beauty cosied up to Curtis, 24, in a sweet snap captioned: ‘Nostalgia babes x’, five months after his split from fellow Islander Maura Higgins, 29.

Curtis also posted a snap of the pair, captioned:’Good to see you x @amyhartxo.’

In the wake of the reunion Amy has now re-followed her ex Curtis on Instagram.

Homeward bound: Amy took to her Instagram Stories and shared a snap of herself donning a face mask while on her flight back to the UK

Homeward bound: Amy took to her Instagram Stories and shared a snap of herself donning a face mask while on her flight back to the UK

 Homeward bound: Amy took to her Instagram Stories and shared a snap of herself donning a face mask while on her flight back to the UK 

Later on the evening, Amy looked a little worse for wear as she put on an animated display and hung onto her friend while leaving the Proud Embankment venue after the boozy Cabaret All Stars Show in London.

Curtis, a professional ballroom dancer with a talent for tango, left Amy devastated after he started to chase after single Islander Jourdan Riane while Amy was away in Casa Amor.

Former air-stewardess Amy then told producers she wanted to leave the August series, after her ‘half-boyfriend’ split with her and began to chase after Islander Maura, who he went on to date, but split from in March.

Former flames: Amy proved there were no hard feelings with ex Curtis Pritchard as the former flames happily posed together late last month

Former flames: Amy proved there were no hard feelings with ex Curtis Pritchard as the former flames happily posed together late last month

Former flames: Amy proved there were no hard feelings with ex Curtis Pritchard as the former flames happily posed together late last month

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