Jackie Sibblies Drury's FAIRVIEW Wins the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of

"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.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes, rewarding journalism and cultural excellence, were handed out on Monday, with a special emphasis going to investigations involving Donald Trump and reporting on gun safety issues in the aftermath of mass shootings.

Iconic music star Aretha Franklin has just been posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her contribution to American music and culture.

The man charged in the shooting had a longstanding grudge against the paper.

The Journal won its Pulitzer in national reporting for its investigations of hush money payments orchestrated by the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

The Pulitzers, U.S. journalism's highest honor, reflected a year when journalism increasingly came under attack in other ways.

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

As reported by CNN, Aretha Franklin is officially a Pulitzer Prize victor.

The Pulitzer for investigative reporting was awarded to three Los Angeles Times reporters for their coverage of George Tyndall, a gynaecologist accused of abusing hundreds of students at the University of Southern California.

The Pulitzer for history was awarded to David Blight for "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" while the biography prize went to Jeffrey Stewart for 'The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke'.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel earned a public service prize, considered the Pulitzers top award, for its look at the mistakes and failures made by education and law enforcement officials before and after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In general non-fiction, the prize went to Eliza Griswold for 'Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America'.

In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in NY.

Reuters was also recognised for worldwide reporting for its coverage of the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

Drury's "Fairview" brings the story of African-Americans into the present, skewering white people's obsession with black stereotypes.

Following its premiere, Fairview played at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which co-commissioned and helped develop the piece with Soho Rep.

The poetry prize was won by Forrest Gander for 'Be With'. Last year, Kendrick Lamarbecame the first hip-hop act to win a Pulitzer, making history and cementing his legacy.



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