Director donates $10 million

George Lucas has given another $10 million to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to fund the student diversity program he helped establish.

The donation was announced Monday by USC, Lucas’ alma mater. Last fall, USC established a foundation in Lucas’ name to support students from underrepresented communities who qualify for financial support. It was funded with an initial $10 million gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Michael Renov, vice dean of academy affairs, said the gift will help USC “recruit storytellers whose voices are underrepresented in cinematic media and whose inclusion benefits all of us.”

Drake’s album breaks record

Drake, who was the most-streamed act on Spotify last year, has started 2017 strong — his new album, More Life, has broken the U.S. record for the number of online streams from a single album in one week.

The rapper’s 22-track album recorded 385 million streams across all platforms in its first week, beating the previous record holder — Drake. His 2016 album, Views, had owned the title with 245 million streams until More Life showed up on March 18, according to Nielsen Music.

More Life is Drake’s seventh consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It had competition from new albums by Ed Sheeran, Rick Ross and the soundtrack for Beauty and the Beast.

Rapper’s photos upset Colombia

American rapper Wiz Khalifa is stirring controversy in the South American nation of Colombia, where he laid flowers and smoked what looks like a joint at the tomb of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.

The rapper is an avid marijuana smoker and used his Instagram account to post several photos of him smoking at Escobar’s tomb in Medellin. He played a concert in the city last week.

Colombians took to social media to express outrage.

Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez called the rapper a “scoundrel.” He suggested that instead of paying homage to Escobar, the performer should’ve brought flowers to Escobar’s thousands of victims killed during the height of Colombia’s drug violence in the late 1980s.