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Rita Moreno to Receive Peabody Lifetime Award; Diverse Slate of Nominees Announced

Rita Moreno to Receive Peabody Lifetime Award; Diverse Slate of Nominees Announced

Acclaimed actress Rita Moreno is going from being an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) winner to a PEGOT winner. The versatile actress and entertainer next month will receive the Peabody Awards' Career Achievement Award. The 87-year-old Puerto Rico-born actress is still making moves. She will co-star and serve as an executive producer in Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story -- Moreno starred as Anita in West Side Story in 1961, a role that earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Latina actress to win the honor. She also recently starred on One Day at a Time on Netflix -- the show was canceled by the streaming giant last month. Moreno’s career has spanned more than six decades beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. The Peabody Awards on Tuesday also announced a diverse slate of 60 nominees including film projects from Independent Lens, Dolores, and I Am Not Your Negro; Agusta Films’ The Rape of Recy Taylor; and Netflix’s Shirkers, among others. Entertainment projects nominated included, among others, Killing Eve for BBC AMERICA; Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj on Netflix; and FX Networks’ Pose. And Univisión’s Aquí y Ahora: The Faces of the Immigration CrisisFrontline PBS’sSeparated: Children at the Border; and $2 TestsBad Arrests, from WAGA-TV FOX 5 in Atlanta, were nominated in the News category. The Peabodys adopted new rules in 2016 that named 60 finalists from which the group of 30 winners will be chosen on May 18th. More here.

Nydia Velázquez Asks Congress to Prohibit ICE and CBP from Contracting with Private Prisons

Nydia Velázquez Asks Congress to Prohibit ICE and CBP from Contracting with Private Prisons

Cory Booker and Elijah Cummings Intro Bill to Ease Barriers to Re-entry for Formerly Incarcerated

Cory Booker and Elijah Cummings Intro Bill to Ease Barriers to Re-entry for Formerly Incarcerated