Novelist of the Black Experience Toni Morrison Dies at 88

Toni Morrison, the Nobel laureate in literature whose best-selling work explored black identity in America-and in particular the often crushing experience of black women-through luminous, incantatory prose resembling that of no other writer in English, died on Monday in the Bronx. She was 88. Her death, at Montefiore Medical Center, was announced by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. A spokeswoman said the cause was complications of pneumonia. Ms. Morrison lived in Grand View-on-Hudson, N.Y. The first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1993, Ms. Morrison was the author of 11 novels as well as children’s books and essay collections. Among them were celebrated works like “Song of Solomon” which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1997, and “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. 

A series about Judge Mablean Ephriam is coming to the small screen thanks to her Emmy winning producer (daughter) Taj Paxton! Described as “family drama series” inspired by the 70-year old’s life as the  owner of her private family law practice. Most known as a former Los Angeles prosecuting attorney, she also served as a lead attorney in L.A. inaugural Domestic Violence Unit.

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger leads the list, the Murdochs drop from the Top 10, and Lebron James stakes his claim in a year of merger and #MeToo rising.  Disney CO Igler remains most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. But his dominance is one of the few things that hasn’t changed since THR publishes 2017’s list of Hollywood’s most influential figures. Along with Disney-Fox, 2018 saw AT&T win a judge’s blessing to acquire Time Warner, spawning new entity  WarnerMedia – whose chief, John Stankey, arrives at No.4.

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