Playwright Lynn Nottage Wins Pulitzer Prize
Stories of race and gender prevailed at this year’s Pulitzer Prizes, with “Ruined,” Lynn Nottage’s harrowing tale of survival set against the backdrop of an African civil war, winning for drama Monday and books about slavery, civil rights and Andrew Jackson also receiving awards. In a rare victory for the short story, Elizabeth Strout’s “Olive Kitteridge,” a collection set in New England and linked by the forthright title character, a math teacher and general scold with an understanding heart. It was the first book of short stories to win since 2000 (Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies”). Three prize winners centered on racial history, from colonial times to the 20th century. (Continue Reading…)
Jill Scott Welcomes Baby Boy
R&B singer and actress Jill Scott and her fiancé, drummer Lil John Roberts, have welcomed their first child, a boy, her manager confirms to PEOPLE. Jett Hamilton Roberts was born at 4:20 p.m. on April 20. He weighed in at 7 lbs., 8 oz. Scott, who stars on HBO’s new series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, based on the popular novels by Alexander McCall Smith, discovered she was pregnant shortly before leaving for Botswana to film the show. (Continue Reading…)
Rihanna: Ready to Hit the Road?
Is Rihanna going on a girls-only road trip? We just got word that the singer is planning a North American tour. A source insists that the “Disturbia” songstress hopes to kick things off in September. Details of exactly where and when are still being worked on, but our source says that Rihanna may not be alone when she hits the road… Ciara and Keyshia Cole are in negotiations to join the tour, according to the source. “Rihanna wants strong women to join her,” the source says. “This is a ‘women empowerment’ type of tour.” (Continue Reading…)
invidious \in-VID-ee-uhs\, adjective:
A slight offense; a petty fault.