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Late Aretha Franklin Awarded 2019 Pulitzer Prize, Ellen Reid Too

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

Also, composer, Ellen Reid was also awarded this year’s Pulitzer music award for her opera “Prism,’’ which premiered at the Los Angeles Opera last fall.

Franklin, who passed away in August 2018 at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, was honoured with the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

She became the first individual woman to receive a special citation prize, which was first awarded in 1930.

The iconic music star became the 12th musician, and first female performer, to be given the citation – joining the likes of Bob Dylan, Scott Joplin and John Coltrane.

Franklin, whose powerful voice, trained in the gospel tradition, moved on to embrace jazz, soul and rhythm and blues had won 18 Grammys, had 17 top 10 US chart hits and became the first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Pulitzers also honour the best in literature, theatre, and journalism.

Jackie Sibblies Drury won the drama prize for “Fairview’’, a play which seems to be a black family comedy in the style of The Cosby Show or A Different World.

Similarly, novelist Richard Powers won the fiction prize for “The Overstory’’, a multi-narrative look at nine Americans who are brought together unfolding natural catastrophe.

While David Blight picked up the history prize for his acclaimed biography of Frederick Douglas, the escaped slave who became a leader of the abolitionist movement.

The New York Times and Washington Post won journalism awards for their coverage of President Trump, while there was a special citation for the staff of Capital Gazette

.(NAN)

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Nigerian Movies Generated N7bn in Cinemas in 2019 – NVFCB

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The National Film and Video Censors Board says Nigerian movies generated nearly between N6.4bn and N6.7bn at cinemas nationwide in 2019.

According to the body responsible for the regulation of movies in Nigeria, it was evident that the sector was going massively. The Executive Director, Adedayo Thomas, said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday.

The box office generated almost N7bn in 2019. Between N6.4bn an N6.7bn was generated. But from information at our disposal, money generated from DVD sales may have been higher. This is because less than 20 percent of the population is watching cinema,” he said.

According to the body responsible for the regulation of movies in Nigeria, it was evident that the sector was going massively. The Executive Director, Adedayo Thomas, said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday. [SaharaReporters]

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Justin Bieber Says He’s Been ‘Recently Diagnosed with Lyme Disease’

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Justin Bieber has come out to announce that he is battling Lyme disease.

The made this known via his Instagram page on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, while dispelling the rumours that the reason behind his frail look is because of the use of hard drugs.

“While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like shit, on meth, etc. they failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.

“These things will be explained further in a docu series I’m putting on YouTube shortly.. you can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!! It’s been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever NO CAP,” he wrote.

Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium which is spread by ticks. The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness on the skin, known as erythema migrans, that appears at the site of the tick bite about a week after it occurred.

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Jason Momoa Steals Show at Golden Globes with His Tank Top Fashion

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If there’s one person who can singlehandedly save every award show, it’s America’s sweetheart, Jason Momoa. Whether he’s simply playing with his own hair, rocking a scrunchie, or just being a hunky muscular dude, he can truly turn even the most cringeworthy ceremony into a monumental night. And he didn’t disappoint at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.

One person even pointed out that this is the dude equivalent of taking your bra off at the end of a stressful day, which just makes it even more legendary.

You have to stan this beautiful, VSCO girl of a man.

As if the simple existence of his muscles wasn’t enough, it appears that Jason only took his blazer off to give it to his chilly wife, Lisa Bonet. I’m not crying! You’re crying!

Unfortunately, he did not present in said tank top, keeping the velvety blazer for that moment, and this is a disappointment that will haunt me for the rest of my life.

But, to be honest, his full outfit (tight black tank + buttery smooth blazer is pretty incredible, too. So I really don’t think we have anything to complain about, blazer, no blazer, no shirt, snowsuit, whatevs. Thank you for existing, Jason.

Courtesy: Cosmopolitan

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