The first page of a newspaper is “prime” real estate. It’s where the most important stories are often found. That’s why it’s helpful to understand what’s behind those stories – because they matter. In some cases, a news story may not receive much attention but it matters because it's interesting. Those, too, are prime stories.

Here’s some background on a “prime” story this week.

Cultural Change

Last week Kendrick Lamar became the first hip hop artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his words. The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper and magazine journalism and literature and musical composition. It was first awarded in 1917 and every year since.

Lamar won for Music with his work about life as an African American. It's the first time a work of this nature won a Pulitzer. There have been many stories in the news lately about the African American experience. Beyonce was the first black woman to headline the music festival Coachella and that same week, two African American men were arrested for hanging out in a Starbucks for two minutes without ordering anything. While Civil Rights are legally in place in America, life for blacks and whites may not be the same.

Can you find a story in the news about Civil Rights? What conclusions can you draw?

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