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Spike Lee Gives Back to HBCU Students

Spike Lee

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee is giving back to the community that raised and cultivated his talent. Lee recently announced his partnership with talent firm, The Gersh Agency, and the non-profit, Atlanta University Center Consortium. With this partnership, Lee announced The Spikes Fellows Program, which will supply five students from Atlanta-based HBCUs (Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University) with college debt relief, mentorship in the entertainment industry, and internships after graduation.

“From the jump, from the get-go, I knew when I opened a crack in the door, I was bringing as many Black and Brown folks with me in front and behind the camera.” — Spike Lee

Lee, a native of Atlanta and 1979 graduate of Morehouse College, is passionate about helping Black students, in the Atlanta area, who are interested in the entertainment industry gain access to the necessary tools to be successful. In Lee’s statement concerning the fellowship, he expressed his eagerness to assist young entertainers. “From the jump, from the get-go, I knew when I opened a crack in the door, I was bringing as many Black and Brown folks with me in front and behind the camera.” Lee, who is most famously known for his work on BlackkKlansman (2018) and Malcolm X (1992) (just to name a few) has shown through his films that he is committed to promoting Black stories in popular media.

The Spike Lee Fellows Program is just one of the programs searching to support the aspirations of Black people in the entertainment industry. Leslie Sieber, senior managing partner of The Gersh Agency stated, “As industry leaders, we’ve always taken seriously the responsibility to build a more diverse, dynamic ecosystem in which people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences can thrive.” The entertainment industry is still dominated by white writers, executives, and showrunners. Lee is ensuring that Black entertainers can break through the barriers to gain the success that they deserve.

 

By Amaar Zarrieff, Freshman, Howard University

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Written by Amaar Zarrieff

Amaar Zarrieff, a student at Howard University, is an aspiring writer, filmmaker, and millionaire looking to make a positive impact on the entertainment industry.

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