National Action Network Awards to Feature Diddy, Samuel L. Jackson … George Lucas?

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Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has announced a list of guests for tomorrow’s Triumph Awards. Those to be in attendance include stars like Diddy, Samuel L. Jackson, Tamara Tunie, and director George Lucas. Though Mr. Lucas, whose second Star Wars trilogy featured a crude racial caricature in the form of pidgin-speaking alien Jar Jar Binks, may seem like an offbeat choice at first blush. However, he most recently directed a film about the Tuskeegee Airmen, Red Tails, which represented a rare chance for black actors to carry a big-budget film. After widespread criticism of the “stereotypical” Jar Jar, Mr. Lucas has seemingly redeemed himself.