Friday, 19 April, 2019

Aretha Franklin Posthumously Awarded Pulitzer Prize Special Citation

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Lora Ball | 17 April, 2019, 12:28

"She's continued to receive multiple awards - she's received nearly every award imaginable and now to get the Pulitzer Prize, it's just fantastic", Ms Owens said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Before Monday, only 41 special citation prizes had been awarded since 1930, and winners have ranged from individual people to organizations and groups, including the New York Times, writers E.B. White, Alex Haley and Kenneth Roberts, and Columbia University and its Graduate School of Journalism.

The Capital Gazette was given a special citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its own newsroom.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been awarded to Jackie Sibblies Drury for her work Fairview. The Capital Gazette will receive an $100,000 award.

The Journal revealed past year that then-candidate Trump's personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen had paid $130,000 in the run-up to his 2016 election to silence porn star Stormy Daniels, who said she had an affair with Trump.

Three Los Angeles Times reporters also won a Pulitzer for their investigation into a gynecologist accused of abusing hundreds of students at the University of Southern California.

The Associated Press won a Pulitzer for global reporting for its coverage of the war in Yemen.

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Pulitzer judges also awarded Richard Powers' innovative novel "The Overstory" the fiction prize and named David W. Blight's 900-page "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" the best work of history.

Special citations have been awarded 45 times since the Pulitzers began in 1918, with Franklin's award coming as the 15th presented to a musician.

This year's music recipient of the Pulitzer is composer Ellen Reid for "prism", an operatic work exploring the trauma of sexual assault that received its world premiere in November by the Los Angeles Opera. Trump has previously taken issue with the Pulitzer Prizes that were handed out in 2018 to stories that examined his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, claiming that Robert Mueller's "no collusion" findings meant that the reporters should return their honors.

Reuters was also recognized for global reporting for covering the brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims by security forces in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

To that end, Jackie Sibblies Drury's "Fairview", a piercing look at race and class in America, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, beating out Clare Barron's "Dance Nation and Heidi Schreck's "What the Constitution Means to Me".

The play was originally commissioned and produced by Soho Rep and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded in 1917, and they have come to be considered the field's most prestigious honor in the U.S.

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