The hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” is adding another prize to its trophy case. The hip-hop juggernaut and hottest ticket on Broadway, has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. This win was widely-expected but the writer, composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays our nation’s ten-dollar founding father and U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton on stage. Miranda said he felt humbled to join the ranks of just eight other musicals to win the award, including “Rent,” “Chorus Line,” and “South Pacific.”
The Pulitzer Prize honors excellence and journalism and the arts yearly and has done so since 1917. It is now celebrating its Centennial year. Learn more about the Pulitzer HERE.
The cast of “Hamilton” performed at ‘the People’s House’…the White House recently. CBS News captured some of the magic. (Scroll down to see that video after you finish reading this post.)
While “Hamilton,” which First Lady Michelle Obama adores, was cleaning up with its Pulitzer win, Black journalists were also winning for covering stories that matter. Keith Alexander, Wesley Lowery, and Farah Stockman all won Pulitzer Prizes–journalism’s most prestigious award.
Alexander and Lowery are both members of The Washington Post staff who landed the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Their staff created and used a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill. That database also identified who the victims are most likely to be. Both men were key to the Post’s team coverage which grew from a proposal written by Lowery. That, now award-winning project, grew into one of the largest in the Post’s newsroom’s history according to Cameron Barr, The Post’s managing editor for news. Check out their award-winning coverage HERE.
Farah Stockman, who is a former Boston Globe opinion writer, won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for an opinion series that examined race and education in its pages. The series focused on what happened in Boston on those fronts of race and education after the advent of busing. Stockman has since moved on from the Globe and is now a reporter at the New York Times. Check out her award-winning writing HERE.
Alexander, Lowery and Stockman are all members of the nation’s largest organization of journalists of color, the National Association of Black Journalists (who last held a national convention here in Indianapolis in 2006 and who have a local presence, the Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists). The organization vigorously applauded its members and all of the 2016 winners. In a statement released to WTLC News, NABJ President Sarah Glover said, “NABJ applauds Keith, Wesley and Farah for their meritorious journalism in 2015. They are three excellent journalists most worthy of this high honor…The Post’s project on why police officers shoot to kill and Stockman’s columns on Boston’s legacy of busing embody the kind of comprehensive and vital coverage that newsrooms should be striving for.”
Click the media player below to see a clip from the cast of “Hamilton” performing at the White House:
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