Chauncey Black, one of the founding members of the group Blackstreet, is suing Teddy Riley over the usage of the name Blackstreet in his latest musical endeavors.
In his recently filed lawsuit, Black claims that he is the rightful owner of the name, and that Teddy has been illegally using it. According to TMZ, there’s more to the story! Black admits that originally Teddy owned the name, however, once his trademark expired Black grabbed it up before anyone else could get it.
Chauncey says that Teddy has flagrantly violated his rights by using another group and calling them Blackstreet.
He also says the reason they are no longer working together is because of Teddy’s “uncooperation.”
A rep for Riley tells TMZ,
“At this time we have no comment on ANY of the ridiculous and frivolous claims APPARENTLY being made by Chauncey Andre Hannibal aka’Black.’”
This is sad. It reminds us of the Temptations Movie a little bit. All that’s missing is one of the two of them saying, “We the voices”. It would be nice if they could resolve this, because plenty of people would still love to see them perform together. These things happen with groups sometimes. We hope that it’s a temporary situation.
Remember why we fell in love with them in the first place? We sure do!
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