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
Kizz Daniel Promises Free Show for Tanzanians on Friday, Apologises
Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel, has apologised for failing to perform at a show in Tanzania on Sunday.
Daniel was arrested in Dar es Salaam on Monday for failing to perform at the show. Fans had earlier trashed the venue in anger at the non-appearance of the singer.
At a press conference on Tuesday night streamed on the show promoter’s Instagram page, #str8upvibes_, the ‘Buga’ crooner explained his side of the story, apologised and promised a free show for Friday.
He said, “This Friday, a free show by the way, I will be partnering with Straight Up Vibes to make that happen.
“I must apologize to the fans. None of this was intentional.”
I Paid Kizz Daniel $60k, Begged Him on My Knees Yet He Refused to Perform – Promoter
A concert promoter in Tanzania, Stephen Uwa, has narrated why Nigerian singer and songwriter, Oluwatobiloba Daniel, aka Kizz Daniel, refused to show up for a concert in Tanzania.
The police on Monday arrested the singer in Tanzania for failure to show up for a paid concert.
Speaking with media personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, on Monday night, Uwa narrated what transpired between himself and the Buga crooner.
According to him, Kizz Daniel refused to perform at the event because he (Kizz Daniel) was not with his gold chain.
“He (Kizz Daniel) only said the airline didn’t bring his bag that is why he cannot perform. Because his gold chain is not there. And he had a gold chain on his neck. He wanted everything,” Uwa said.
The show promoted notes that he booked Kizz Daniel through his management, Upfront and Personal Global, headed by Paul Okoye, popularly known as Paul O.
According to him, Paul O cried and begged Kizz Daniel to come for the show too.
“Three times, I knelt for Kizz Daniel and I begged him,” Uwa said
He added, “I paid this guy $60, 000 to perform on this show. I went down on my knees. I was like ‘Bro, you are damaging me. I am trying to build my company here. You are going to damage me’. I begged this guy ‘Save my career, save me’.”
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has announced that the singer has been released from police custody in Tanzania and will return to the country.
John Legend, Wife Expecting Another Baby
American recording artiste, John Legend is expecting another baby with his model wife, Chrissy Teigen.
This report is coming after Teigen suffered a miscarriage in 2020.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday night, Teigen mentioned that she is fascinated at the confirmation of her latest pregnancy. Sharing several photos of her baby bump on the social media platform, Instagram, she wrote;
“The last few years have been a blur of emotions to say the least, but joy has filled our home and hearts again.
“1 billion shots later (in the leg lately, as u can see!) we have another on the way. Every appointment I’ve said to myself, ‘ok if it’s healthy today I’ll announce ‘but then I breathe a sigh of relief to hear a heartbeat and decide I’m just too nervous still.”
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model also revealed that she still feels hesitation given the loss of her and Legend’s third child, Jack, in October 2020. She added that she is pushing through those emotions.
“I don’t think I’ll ever walk out of an appointment with more excitement than nerves but so far, everything is perfect and beautiful and I’m feeling hopeful and amazing.
“Ok phew it’s been very hard keeping this in for so long!”