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George Lucas Donates $10M to Support Black, Hispanic Filmmakers at USC Film School

George Lucas Foundation donates $10 million to help Black and Hispanic film students at the USC Film School.

USC Film School announced on Tuesday that the George Lucas Family Foundation is donating $10 million to its film school to provide financial support to black and Hispanic film students. The money will be used to create the George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity. In a statement, the Star Wars director said Hispanic and African-American storytellers are underrepresented in the TV and film industry. The donation is the largest single donation for student support in USC Film School history. This comes after #BoycottStarWars went viral on Twitter calling for the boycott of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fans of the Star Wars series became extremely upset after finding out John Boyega, a black actor was the leading star in the latest Star Wars movie. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was co-written and directed by JJ Abrams and takes place 30 years after ‘Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi,” when the rebels crushed the Galactic Empire. While audiences will see some of their favorite actors return to their iconic roles, a new wave of villains and heroes are expected to appear in the new feature film. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens” features Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Pip Anderson. Source: PageSix.com

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