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Tonya’s on the road in Lima, Peru at the Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (“ASIPI”) speaking about the intersections between blockchain and intellectual property. Shontavia just returned from the Fulbright Association Conference in Washington, D.C., where she gave a TED-style talk on using pop culture and memes to build international bridges. The co-hosts are also very excited to announce that they will be speakers at SXSW 2020!

Shontavia is LIT about the NCAA’s recent announcement that it now supports student-athletes profiting off of their likeness, name and image. Tonya is also LIT about this, particularly because of her background as a college athlete at Northwestern University and a former professional tennis player. She recounts some of her early days of student-athlete activism and the challenges she faced back then. Shontavia and Tonya discuss the O’Bannon v. NCAA case, which served as one of the catalysts for these kinds of discussions, and more on the legal right of publicity that student-athletes have. Shontavia also bows down to Representative Joyce Beatty’s flawless grilling of Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The co-hosts connect these diversity dots to Facebook’s impending entrance into the financial services industry.They also discuss how people of color will be impacted by this convergence.  In addition to the NCAA announcement, Tonya is also LIT about Lizzo’s recent legal disputes involving her hit song “Truth Hurts.” She and Shontavia talk about songwriter credits, copyright law, and Dolly Parton (trust us, it’s relevant to the concept of songwriter credits!). They also make predictions about the lawsuit Lizzo has filed against former collaborators Justin and Jeremiah Raisen.  


Shontavia encourages people to go to conferences with a strategy for learning, networking, and being of service. For more suggestions, read her article, “The importance of going to conferences,” at . You can also peruse the list of conferences she manages in her private community for women entrepreneurs at  Tonya talks about the importance of the breaks, dinners, and hallways at conferences. She says that the most valuable conversations can take place outside of the meetings, panels, and presentations, when people can connect one-on-one. Tonya suggests that listeners look for opportunities for more intimate conversations at conferences (and work functions also). 


The NCAA will allow athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness in a major shift for the organization:  

Mark Zuckerberg grilled over Facebook’s spotty track record on diversity:  

Lizzo Slams ‘Truth Hurts’ Plagiarism Accusations, But Gives Meme-Maker Writing Credit: 

Lizzo fires back in songwriting dispute, files lawsuit alleging harassment:   

Two writers claim they deserve credit on Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’: 

Original “that bitch” tweet:

Tonya’s ASIPI presentation was based on her law review article, CryptoKitties, Cryptography, and Copyright (BYU Copyright and Trademark Symposium Issue of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, 47 AIPLA 2, 2019

The importance of going to conferences:  

Shontavia Johnson’s private LVRG Nation community:  

2020 SXSW Panel: Tweeting While Black: You in Danger, Girl…:  

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