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Aretha Franklin has been posthumously awarded in a major way. The “I Say A Little Prayer” hitmaker — who died last year at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer — has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for her contribution to American music and culture. Franklin is also the first individual woman to…

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Set during the years of turmoil after the Civil War, Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” is considered an American treasure by many. Morrison begins the novel in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1873. One of the leading characters, Sethe, a former slave, has been living with her eighteen-year-old daughter Denver. As readers learn about Sethe’s harrowing journey out of…

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President Obama brought along three books with him to Martha’s Vineyard and purchased two more at the Vineyard bookseller, Bunch of Grapes, to add to his reading list. Of the five books, four are novels. One is a nonfiction account of the exodus of African Americans from the South. Ever wondered if the president’s taste…

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Taprena Augustine tugs at fans’ hearts in her role as the sultry songstress, Shug Avery, in “The Color Purple,” the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.  The talented actress and singer has been touring the U.S. and Canada for the past year and a half and looks forward to traveling to other continents.…

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