(Video) Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize For Music |The Republican News


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Now he’s got a Pulitzer inside his DNA.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar made history Monday when he became the first hip-hop artist to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize.

Lamar’s 2017 album “DAMN,” which won a Grammy for the best rap album in January, is the first nonclassical or jazz work to win the award, which comes with a $15,000 cash prize.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar added a Pulitzer to his awards trophy case.© Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Rapper Kendrick Lamar added a Pulitzer to his awards trophy case.

The Pulitzer board — which announced the winners Monday — called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.

Lamar, 30, has been hailed for lyrics that are both pungent and poignant. His songs, including “DNA” and “Humble,” cover themes of race and survival in a musical mix that blends hip-hop, jazz, soul and spoken word.

“DAMN” is Lamar’s fourth studio album and was released in April 2017. Lamar has won 12 Grammy awards since his debut in 2011.

a man standing in front of a building: Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN" was hailed by the Pulitzer board for is capturing African-American life in all its complexity.© AP Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN” was hailed by the Pulitzer board for capturing African-American life in all its complexity.


The Pulitzer’s top prize for public service went to The New York Times and The New Yorker for reporting that sparked the #MeToo movement.

Staffs of The Times and The Washington Post shared a prize for national reporting for scoops about Russian interference in the U.S. elections.

The awards, which honour newspapers, magazines, online journalism, literature and music, were announced by Columbia University’s journalism school.

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, rapper Kendrick Lamar accepts the award for best rap album for "Damn" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. On Monday, April 16, 2018, Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album "Damn." (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)© AP FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, rapper Kendrick Lamar accepts the award for best rap album for “Damn” at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. On Monday, April 16, 2018, Lamar won the…

The public service prize mentioned the work of The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, and The Times’ Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for stories that revealed sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond, and put an end to the Tinseltown reign of filmmaker Harvey Weinstein.

“Most journalists consider the work they do a calling,” said new Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy. “Their work is real news of the highest order.”

Canedy’s appearance at the event marked the first time in the prize’s 102-year history that the awards were announced by a black woman.

Last year, the Daily News, along with ProPublica, won in the coveted public service category for “uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, most of them poor minorities.”    (The New Daily News)

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Naomi Campbell Cheers Nigerian-born Singer Boyfriend, Skepta, As He Gets Chieftaincy Title


Skepta receives chieftaincy title in his hometown

Amuludun of Odo Aje, Joseph Olaitan Adenuga aka Skepta. Twitter photo

British supermodel, Naomi Campbell, has congratulated her British-Nigerian singer lover, Joseph Adenuga a.k.a Skepta, who has been honoured with a chieftaincy title in Ogun State.

Thirty-five-year-old Skepta, an award-winning English grime artist who is in a relationship with 47-year-old Naomi Campbell, was born in Tottenham, United Kingdom, to Nigerian parents.

His chieftaincy title is “Amuludun of Odo Aje” which means the “Chief Entertainer of Ode Aje.”

Skepta thanked The Baale, the chiefs and the king of Ode Aje for honouring him with a chieftaincy title and also pledged to continue supporting Nigeria.

“I am honoured and will continue to put time and love into Nigeria,” he said.

The artist also held a “homecoming” concert at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.

Performers at the homecoming concert include Wizkid, Davido and their teams.

Meanwhile, Campbell, who was also in Lagos for the Arise Fashion Week has congratulated her beau on her verified Twitter handle. She wrote: @NaomiCampbell Congratulations Chief Joseph Olaitan Adenuga!

The model also joined Skepta on stage during the concert at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.

While in Lagos, Skepta posted a picture of himself and British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega, on Instagram, hinting they could be working on a video together.

Boyega, who is currently in Nigeria for his first official press trip, shares similar traits with Skepta as both were born in the United Kingdom to British-Nigerian parents.  (Punch)

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BBNaija: Imo University To Place Nina Under Watch |The Republican News

By Steve Uzoechi OWERRI

•Fears that housemate may be a bad influence on other students


Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, Prof. Adaobi Obasi, has said that Nina, one of the housemates in the on-going Big Brother Naija (BBN) reality show is one of her students and would be kept under close watch on her return to the campus.

This is also as the Vice Chancellor noted that the housemate may have to undergo some form of rehabilitation on her return to purge her of the indecent influences of the BBN show.

This, Professor Obasi said, was to forestall Nina from having a bad influence on other students of the university where she is currently a student.

The Vice-Chancellor made the disclosure while playing host to members of the Independent Newspaper Proprietors Association (INPA) led by their chairman, Mr Chidi Emeagi, at her office in Owerri. Obasi wondered the morals behind the BBN show which Nina may seek to inculcate in her mates.

According to her, she is piqued that Nina said she would “sort out IMSU” on her return from BBN after abandoning her studies for the show

Obasi said: “That one of my students is now in Big Brother Naija is nothing to be proud about. It is not the type of thing we seek to promote because I don’t see the need it serves.

It is our prayer that whatever influences driving this young lady now, does not affect other students here. I really do not know what purpose the BBN serves or the morals and values its’ teaching. Maybe I am the only one who doesn’t know. I don’t know what it celebrates. Is it just all about indecency in the full glare of the public?

“Can you imagine her telling my students that she will sort us out when she returns? We are waiting for her to come and sort us out. With that kind of mindset, if this girl comes back, I will watch her and make sure she left all the unfortunate influences and indecencies behind at the BBN house.”  (New Telegraph)

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Denzel Washington Paid For My Acting Classes, ‘Black Panther’ Actor Chadwick Boseman Reveals

Chadwick Boseman, who is the star of ‘Black Panther’, says Denzel Washington paid for his acting classes at Oxford University back when he was a student.

Boseman made this revelation on NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’. The ‘Black Panther’ star explained that Denzel Washington paid part of his tuition through a scholarship program while he took a summer class studying drama at Oxford University.

“I’ve basically been holding this secret my whole career. When I came back, I got a beneficiary letter and it said Denzel Washington paid for you,” Boseman said.

Boseman said he didn’t want to reveal this publicly unless he had become more successful. He first told the story in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine published in February.

He said: “I’m sure he has no idea. It was random. I couldn’t wait to write my thank-you letter! … I’ve been waiting to meet him so I can tell him.”

Boseman finally had the chance to meet Washington after the Rolling Stone article was published and he thanked him for his kind gesture. Boseman told Fallon that Denzel joked about it when they met.

“Oh, so that’s why I’m here – you owe me money!” Washington told Boseman. “I came to collect!”

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Photos: Kerry Washington Rare Appearance With Hubby Nnamdi Asomugha At Spirit Awards

Award-winning actress, Kerry Washington made a rare appearance as she attended the 33rd annual Independent Spirit Awards with her handsome husband Nnamdi Asomugha on Saturday.

The 41-year-old Scandal actress stunned in a strappy floral maxi dress, while her 36-year-old husband, a former NFL player donned a burgundy suit as they pose for photos on the red carpet.

The happy couple who got married in 2013, have two children together Caleb Kelechi Asomugha and Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha.

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Photos: Kerry Washington makes rare appearance with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha at the Independent Spirit Awards

Photos: Kerry Washington makes rare appearance with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha at the Independent Spirit Awards

Photos: Kerry Washington makes rare appearance with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha at the Independent Spirit Awards

Photos: Kerry Washington makes rare appearance with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha at the Independent Spirit Awards

Photos: Kerry Washington makes rare appearance with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha at the Independent Spirit Awards

 (Nigerian Hive)

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BBNaija: Housemates, Teddy A, Bambam Caught Having Sex, Nigerians React |RN

 Big Brother Naija 2018 housemates, BamBam and Teddy A were on Sunday night caught having sex.

However, viewers have questioned the video of Bambam on top of Teddy A seen online after light out, suggesting they had sex.

While some are of the opinion that they had sex, others argued that they were just touching each other.

Here are some comments:

@sexymuna “They have fucked and I’m sure you are there dying of shame, you guys never expected it

@harveypel “Teddy n Bambam are already asleep, but I can see the duvet running an autonomous operation

@bbnaijaupdate “Bam is fully naked on Teddy & he is doing it gently so we won’t code if I hear say Miracle lie again Ogun go fire d person

@foreverarmani “Bamteddy having their clothes on doesn’t mean they didn’t have sex… dey re under the duvet, are u seeing down there? No… If its like that, Nina and Miracle didnt have sex. Period

@sexymuna “Bam is fuly naked on Teddy & he is doin it gently so we wn’t code if I hear say Miracle lie again ogun go fire d person

@angie “For Mina the other housemates even witnessed it.facial expression n waist movements were evidence.u n I knw this video of bamteddy circulating is false accusations.

@deeyune “Me, I don’t know why #BAMTEDDY having sex or not should be my own problem or what I want to fight over, I don’t care all they do, I don’t even care watching the show anymore. all I want to do is to vote for both whenever it’s time to vote.

@ “It’s sweet to dish shit out to other people but you cannot take it. Bamteddy had SEX last night and that is it. NOTHING Y’all gonna do about it

@thyzeek “If they don’t want to do it, why is Bam Bam topless and naked on top Teddy. This person too fake and camera-conscious

@sexymuna “They just finished having sex #bambam and she went to clean up. Hope Y’all saw what she is wearing for easy penetration.”

@ogasmooth ” Oga knacking nah Knacking. U can’t defend this. God Don expose una finally. If nah other housemates Unah for Don dey talk rubbish.

@shinemuni ” Both BamTeddy had their full clothes on. How can you say they had sex. How can you have sex with your clothes on? Bambam visited the washroom right after that full duvet covering them and both their clothes were on.

@bbnaijafanpage “Its a lie, bambam did it after she came back from the washroom, they are still on top of each other. Common don’t defend whats not it.  (New Telegraph)

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‘Black Panther’ Breaks Box Office Records With $218m |The Republican News

By Agency Report

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for a super-heroic $218 million debut over the four-day President’s Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Sunday.

That number means that “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler, has doubled its original tracking in less than a month.

The film, which carries an estimated $200 million production cost, had been tracking to bring in between an impressive $100 and $120 million when first estimates emerged on Jan. 25.

Since then, “Black Panther” has become a must-see movie for many moviegoers, underlined when Thursday previews brought in $25.2 million, the largest Thursday night preview gross for a February opener and the second-largest preview gross for a Marvel film.

The film’s estimated three-day gross of $192 million is the highest debut ever for a February film and the fifth highest of all time.

Combined with an estimated international debut of $169 million from 69 percent of the international market, the estimated global debut stands at $361 million through Sunday.

“Black Panther” has demolished the record for the largest Presidents Day weekend, blowing past “Deadpool‘s” 2016 mark of $152 million.

Overall North American movie going for the four-day period should hit $300 million — far above the $278 million mark in 2016, according to comScore.

”This is proof that the big screen experience may arguably be the most powerful platform of change in our society,“ said Paul Dergarabedian,”senior media analyst with comScore.

“The emotional, communal, immersive and bigger than life theatrical experience has an impact that virtually no other medium can match.”
Comscore’s PostTrak survey of the audience showed outstanding numbers with 77 percent rating “Black Panther” as “excellent” and another 18 percent as “very good.”

Boseman portrays King T‘Challa, ruler of Wakanda, a technologically advanced society, who conflicts with Michael B. Jordan’s Eric Killmonger, who intends to take over the throne.

Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong‘o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, and Daniel Kaluuya also star. It’s received an A+ CinemaScore, the only Marvel film to have done so besides 2012’s “The Avengers.” (NAN/Reuters)

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