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This Artist Says Her Work Was Stolen For Kendrick Lamar and Sza’s Video ‘All The Stars’

The British-Liberian artist claims her work was used without her permission.

The New York Times reports that British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor claims her work was used without her permission for the music video for "All The Stars." The video is of a song taken from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Black Panther.


On Saturday, Viktor's lawyer, Christopher Robinson, sent a letter to Anthony Tiffith, CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, the label Kendrick Lamar and Sza are signed to, and one that is releasing the soundtrack. On the letter, Viktor alleges that the gold patterns on the video were lifted from her artwork titled "Constellations," and used without her permission.

Read: Here Are the 4 South African Features In The 'Black Panther' Soundtrack

The letter also states that Viktor was approached twice by the film's creators to use her work, but she refused both times. The letter further states that Viktor is wiling "to discuss a resolution of all her claims, consisting at a minimum of a public apology for the unauthorized use and a license fee."

Viktor was quoted by the New York Times as saying:

"Why would they do this? It's an ethical issue, because what the whole film purports is that it's about black empowerment, African excellence—that's the whole concept of the story. And at the same time they're stealing from African artists."

According to the New York Times, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, and Disney declined to comment.

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Uganda Has Lost Millions of Internet Users as a Result of Its Controversial Social Media Tax

The infamous tax is effectually driving Ugandans off the internet.

The number of internet users in Uganda has declined significantly since the implementation of the highly-criticized tax on social media, which went into effect in July of last year.

While the government claimed that the tax would assist in raising government revenue and help "maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently," said Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaija at the time. President Museveni also suggested that the tax would help "curb gossip" online.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Riky Rick, Mr Eazi, Moonchild Sanelly, Burna Boy, Blinky Bill, Niniola and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

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Oyinkan Braithwaite's 'My Sister the Serial Killer' Is the Lagos-Set Novel Rocking the Crime Thriller Genre

We speak with the Nigerian author about the success of her debut novel, and breaking the boundaries of "African Lit."

"I have always been drawn to dark topics," says Oyinkan Braithwaite, the 30-year-old Nigerian author behind the critical darling of a novel My Sister, the Serial Killer.

Her declaration helps explain the subject and title of her debut novel, which tells the story of Ayoola, a young woman who has developed a not-so-healthy habit of murdering her boyfriends, leaving her older sister, the book's protagonist, Korede to clean up her mess. You may have noticed it's ubiquitous cover—which features a young black woman wearing a headwrap, casually looking on as a knife-wielding hands is reflected in her sunglasses—on your timeline or at your local store. The internationally-released, Nigerian-made novel sits confidently on retail shelves previously reserved for mass-market thrillers.

The dark and humorous, Lagos-set novel is extreme—but not just because of all the murdering that happens. It also examines the extreme nature of the many things that can push people to the edge. For the sisters, it's: intergenerational trauma, abuse, the prevalence of a culture that rewards beauty above all else, as well as having to battle with their own personal shortcomings—just to name a few.

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