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Visual artist claims Kendrick Lamar and SZA's 'All the Stars' video stole her work

Kendrick Lamar and SZA's video for "All the Stars" is coming under fire for using similar visuals as artist Lina Iris Viktor.


Emily Treadgold


Kendrick Lamar and SZA released their cinematic visual for their song "All the Stars" off the new Black Panther soundtrack. The video is stunning, but one scene uses a black and gold backdrop that is reminiscent of artist Lina Viktor. Viktor said that the Black Panther team reached out to her for use of her art and she denied their offers.

Its an ethical issue, because what the whole film purports is that its about black empowerment, African excellencethats the whole concept of the story. And at the same time, theyre stealing from African artists. Cultural appropriation is something that continually happens to African-American artists, and I want to make a stand."

Lina Iris Viktor

The artist's lawyer Christopher Robinson says reps from the movie have approached her multiple times he said their imitation of her art was done on purpose and they have a good case against them. They are seeking an apology and a licensing fee.

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