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Lina Iris Viktor Sues Kendrick Lamar and Sza For Unauthorized Use of Her Work In 'All the Stars' Video

The British-Liberian artist is taking legal action against TDE after claiming that her work was used without permission.

British-Liberian visual artist Lina Iris Viktor, has sued Kendrick Lamar and Sza over the unauthorized use of her work in their music video for "All the Stars," reports Pitchfork.


Following the release of the video earlier this month, Viktor's lawyer Christopher Robinson sent a letter to Lamar's TDE team, claiming that the gold and black patterns used towards the end of the video—beginning around the 3 minute mark–were stolen from her visual series "Constellations" without her permission. The letter also stated that she had been approached twice by the film's makers about using her work, but declined on both occasions.

The letter stated that Viktor was "willing to discuss a resolution of all her claims, consisting at a minimum of a public apology for the unauthorized use and a license fee."

Today, Pitchfork has reported that while Viktor initially attempted to handle matters outside of court, they will now be taking legal action against TDE.

"We tried to resolve this without litigation. Now that we are in Court, we are confident that Ms. Viktor will prevail," Robinson told the magazine.

Viktor has also asked that her work no longer be used for promotion of the video.

Earlier this week, the artist took to Facebook to thank her supporters and announce that she would be "seeking justice" around the matter. See her post below.

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The 'Africa In the Media' Study Shows How Africans are Misrepresented in American Television

The new report from the Africa Narrative Project found that Africans are still grossly underrepresented in American television programming.

What does it mean for Africans to be fully and truly represented in the media? For many folks of African decent that question remains painfully unanswered.

An extensive new report from the Africa Narrative project, from the University of Southern California's Norman Lear Center, seeks to provide understanding around the current state of African representation in US media, and identify ways to ensure a "richer telling of Africa's story."

The groups' "Africa in the Media" report is a thorough and timely study that confirms a lack of meaningful storytelling in television news and entertainment, which reflect the ways many Africans see themselves. Their findings show that Africa continues to be both underrepresented and misrepresented in the American media landscape.

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'Black Panther' Is Headed Back to Theaters for Free Screenings During Black History Month

Wakanda will be back on the big screen next month.

We'll get to experience the magic of Black Panther on the big screen once again this February, as the film is headed back to theaters in celebration of Black History month.

Disney announced on Monday, that the groundbreaking, Ryan Coogler-directed movie will head to select AMC theaters for one week starting on Feb 1. What's even better, is that tickets for the showings will come at no cost.

That's correct, tickets are free.99.

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Rejoice! WhatsApp Places New Restrictions on Chain Messages to Fight Fake News

To combat the spread of misinformation due to the coronavirus outbreak, users are now restricted from sharing frequently forwarded messages to more than one person.

The rise of the novel coronavirus has seen an increase in the spread of fake news across social media sites and platforms, particularly WhatsApp—a platform known as a hotbed for the forwarding of illegitimate chain messages and conspiracy theories (if you have African parents, you're probably familiar). Now the Facebook-owned app is setting in place new measures to try and curb the spread of fake news on its platform.

The app is putting new restrictions on message forwarding which will limit the number of times a frequently forwarded message can be shared. Messages that have been sent through a chain of more than five people can only subsequently be forwarded to one person. "We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful," announced the app in a blog post on Tuesday. "In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers."

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Sarkodie Hits Hard With His Latest Single 'Sub Zero'

The Ghanaian heavyweight rapper shows up with the fire bars over an Altra Nova-produced beat.

Sarkodie has dropped a new aggressive track in the shape of "Sub Zero."

"Sub Zero" follows the star Ghanaian rapper as he throws back criticisms that have come his way from other rappers with his own ice cold flow. The new track was produced by Ghanaian beatmaker Altra Nova and mixed by PEE On Da BeaT.

"Sub Zero" follows Sarkodie's turn-up single "Bumper," which dropped bak in February.

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