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HBO Donates $1 Million for Students Pursuing Entertainment Careers at Howard University

HBO presented a $1 Million gift to Howard University to establish an endowed fund to benefit students pursuing careers in the arts and entertainment industries.

HBO, which is a division of WarnerMedia, announced the donation Monday in conjunction with its upcoming HBO special event, Between The World and Me, the New York Times best-selling book by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a proud Howard graduate. Coates will executive produce the project with fellow Howard alumni Kamilah Forbes, who will also direct; and award-winning actress Susan Kelechi Watson.

“As products of Howard University, we deeply believe in the responsibility to give as much as was given to us,” said Coates, Forbes, and Watson in a joint statement sent to BLACK ENTERPRISE. “We are inspired to see that same spirit in HBO’s gift to Howard–an institution which has not just given so much to us, individually, but to all of America.” The three alumni credit their education at the HBCU for giving them a strong foundation on which they were able to excel and pursue their passions and purpose.

“We are incredibly proud to be a part of creating this endowment which will provide means for students to pursue formative opportunities in the arts and entertainment,” said HBO Programming President Casey Bloys. “We can think of no better partners than Howard University, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kamilah Forbes and Susan Kelechi Watson in this effort.”

Through the Coates-Forbes-Watson-HBO Dream Seekers Endowed Fellowship, students will be awarded stipends to use toward living and travel expenses related to accepting internships in cities like Los Angeles and New York.

“We are grateful to HBO for their leadership in establishing the Coates-Forbes-Watson-HBO Dream Seekers Endowed Fellowship, which will make it easier for Howard students to make ends meet while pursuing internships and residencies with studios and production companies,” said the HBCU’s president, Wayne A. I. Frederick. “I’d also

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