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This Photographer is Suing The SA Government For R2.1 Billion Over His Photo of Nelson Mandela

Photographer Shaun Harris sues the South African government's communication agency over a photo of Mandela taken in 1999.

Photographer Shaun Harris is suing South Africa's Government Communication Information System (GCIS) for using his image of the late struggle hero, Nelson Mandela, without proper copyright clearance, City Press reports.

The GCIS reportedly used the image as the official photo at Mandela's funeral. They had bought some rights for the image. The infringement started when the image was sent out for public use after Harris and PictureNet's credits were removed. PictureNet used to be Harris' agents.

The case has been going on for three years—it started in 2014 when Harris sued the CGIS for R20 million over the use of the image.

According to City Press, PictureNet recently shared a report with the court which reveals the image was used at least 2.1 million times around the world, and penalized each at R10,000, which totals up to the R2.1 billion (approximately $181 million).

The photo was taken in 1999 when Mandela met former UK prime minister Tony Blair.

Phumla Williams, acting director-general of GCIS, was quoted by the paper as saying, "This case has gone to and fro and he has changed lawyers several times. We asked Harris repeatedly to prove his claims, which he never could."

But after she was told about the new report, she said, "If there is now proof, then we will take it from there."


Adekunle Gold Teases Upcoming Album With New Single "Mercy"

The Nigerian afropop crooner has fans sitting in anticipation for his new album, due out February 4.

Afropop favorite Adekunle Gold is back on our minds with the announcement that his upcoming album Catch Me If You Can is out in a week! The Nigerian superstar has already teased fans with tracks "High" featuring Davido, "Sinner" featuring American singer Lucky Daye, and now shares his latest "Mercy."

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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Spinall x Adekunle Gold, Ibibio Sound Machine, Turunesh and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases 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 our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Madelyn Bonilla On Being The AfroLatina Representation Her Younger Self Needed

Bonilla, the founder of online community Brown Narrativ, spoke with us about how her experiences as an AfroLatina woman in NYC’s Bronx led her to write and direct her debut film, Pajón.

Madelyn Bonilla is dedicated to being the person she needed when she was growing up.

The former forensic science researcher-turned-advertising guru was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and raised in the Bronx, New York - or, “where Hip-Hop was bred”, as the 36-year-old puts it. Growing up in a typically Latinx family, community, and neighborhood, Bonilla knew that there was so much more of herself to discover, as her interests in Black culture shaped a lot of her life. It wasn’t until her early 20s that she started to allow herself to explore her identity as an AfroLatina woman. The first to do so in her family, Bonilla faced – and still faces – scrutiny and shaming from the Latinx community at large, but also from her own loved ones. Comments like, “Your hair looks messy” or, “Your hair’s not combed” when Bonilla first began rocking her natural curls truly mirrored the thoughts and opinions of those around her, too. Her experiences as an AfroLatina woman are the experiences so many face, as they try to get to the root of their own roots.

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The Fugees' Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria Cancelled

Their entire reunion world tour "will not be able to happen [due to] the continued Covid pandemic."