How The Pulitzer Jury Opened Its Doors To Hip-Hop

Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music this week, becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to do so.

In the annals of American culture, Kendrick Lamar’s unprecedented Pulitzer win in music for DAMN. will stand alongside a recent influx of hip-hop firsts: Jay-Z’s 2017 induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, LL Cool J’s 2017 Kennedy Center Honors and the entire slew of artists who — to paraphrase a George Clinton classic — helped paint the White House rap during Obama’s presidency.

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Warren book collector inspires Pulitzer documentary | News, Sports, Jobs – Tribune Chronicle

Books have been a lifelong obsession for Larry Gianakos.

“When I was a teenager, I never thought of automobiles,” the Warren native said. “I thought of first editions.”

Gianakos, 64, became an author himself, creating the seven-volume reference work “Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, 1947-2008.” And that fascination with books inspired him to try to amass a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning works — a collection that helped inspire the documentary “The Pulitzer at 100,” which premieres Friday in New York.

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Chicago Remembers Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer 

Chicago’s front yards, pool halls, bungalows and back alleys were the poetic landscapes in Gwendolyn Brooks’ words. She wrote about the people she passed on the streets or in grocery stores, colloquial experiences like the elderly couples eating beans off chipped dinnerware. Through her poetry, Brooks offered a precise and compassionate look into life in the city’s South Side.

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