Up the steps he walked. At the top, he met Dana Canedy, the recently named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Inside, the stars of The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post were eating lunch, surrounded by award-winning reporters, editors and photographers from other news organizations and international agencies such as Reuters. Poets, novelists, historians and playwrights ate alongside them.
Outside, Kendrick Lamar shook the hand of the first woman and first African-American head of the Pulitzers. Canedy ushered the first hip-hop artist to win the Pulitzer for music into the 102nd annual conferring of the awards.
“Congratulations,” she told Lamar. “We’re both making history this year.”
Kendrick Lamar shakes hands with Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy before being awarded his prize for music. (Photo/David Beard)
Lamar may be the leading edge of a more representative set of award-winners in the years to come. Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, known for her portraits of James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Dave Chappelle, won this year’s feature writing award for a GQ profile of Charleston mass murderer and white supremacist Dylann Roof. James Forman Jr. won the general nonfiction award for his shattering history, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.”
On this day, Lamar, Ghansah and Forman shared the stage with reporters who have traced corruption in the Trump administration, brought to light the shady past of a GOP senatorial candidate in Alabama, intensely covered a city riven by opioids or put their own homes’ safety on hold while getting out
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