Pulitzer Prize

The Raptor of Winning

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In 1920, Harvey E. Newbranch, writer for the Evening World Herald in Omaha, Nebraska, became the first writer to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize, for his scathing review of the breakdown of government in light of the race riots, that brought the city of Omaha to its knees. The brutal lynching of Will Brown, a black worker, followed by the murder of two white men, the assassination attempt of the sitting Mayor, all dominoed into a rampaging crowd of thousands, who burned the Douglas County Courthouse…. to the ground.

There is the rule of the jungle in this world, and there is the rule of law. Under jungle rule no man’s life is safe, no man’s wife, no man’s mother, sister, children, home, liberty, rights, property. Under the rule of law protection is provided for all these, and provided in proportion as law is efficiently and honestly administered and its power and authority respected and obeyed. – excerpt from Pulitzer Prize winning essay

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Cast of Common Ground

The Golden Globe Awards, one of Hollywood’s most prestigious honors of recognition within the Science of Film & Television, and precursor to the Academy Awards, was nearly laughed out of existence. In 1982, it awarded Pia Zadora the Golden Globe as New Star of the Year for her critically bashed role in Butterfly, a movie that had not even opened in the United States. It is understood that her husband, a multi-millionaire, wined and dined the voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, buying the award for his young bride, and crippling the show’s reputation for years to come.

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common ground

Some of the most spectacular records in artistic greatness belong to winners of the Grammy Awards, the music industry’s highest honor. In 1984, Michael Jackson capped off a showstopper of a year, winning 8 Grammys in a single night, the most by any performer in history. But in 2000, Carlos Santana matched the King of Pop, blow for blow, winning 8 Grammys for the brilliant Supernatural. But whatever you do, please do not tell Brian McKnight, an R&B crooner who holds the record for most nominations without a single win: 16.

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In 1999, the Daytime Emmy Awards brought the world to tears in  one of the few, unscripted memorable moments of any awards show. Susan Lucci, better known as Erica Kane of ABC’s daytime soap opera, All My Children, bested Mr. McKnight with 18 consecutive, empty Best Lead Actress nominations. But the 19th would be the charm.  When heartthrob Shemar Moore opened the envelope and screamed “The curse is over! Susan Lucci!” a nearly 2 minute standing ovation erupts, finally giving the Queen of the soap opera her due.

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In 2013 and 2014 it was Thepublicblogger Awards: seven categories of the past shows – boasting five nominees each – gave way to 7 winners, one per genre. In 2015, thepublicblogger Awards was re-imagined as A Star is Born and Rebecca Lemke would defy the odds winning The Best Performance of the Year. But this year, the pageantry of  the awards is replaced with a social consciousness, but in the spirit of The Neighborhood, the last person standing in our search for common ground… will also be named Best Performance of 2016.

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