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Nobel Prizes Awarded to Black Author and Essayist for Writing

Nobel Prizes

An author and an essayist were awarded Nobel Prizes on Monday for their work in General Nonfiction and Feature writing, respectively.

Essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her in-depth piece on Charleston church shooter Dylan Roof.

Missy Elliott took to Twitter and congratulated her for her win. The two worked together when Ghanash did a profile piece on the iconic rapper for Elle Magazine.

Yale professor James Forman Jr. won a Pulitzer for General Nonfiction for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, which according to Yale News, “explores the complex relationship between race, class, and the American criminal justice system in a new and original light.”

Forman showed his appreciation on Twitter and even said his son was happy about the news.

“I’m still stunned and processing. My son, age 8, doesn’t impress easily. But even he seemed moved for a moment when I showed him a list that had his dad and Kendrick Lamar.”

Forman is, of course, referring to rapper Kendrick Lamar who won a Pulitzer for music for his critically acclaimed third album Damn.


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