Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) is the clearest example of “jack of all trades master of none” being complete bullshit.
He’s an actor, director, singer, rapper, producer, and writer — and after last night he’s now a two-time Emmy winner.
Donald’s critically acclaimed FX show Atlanta was nominated for 6 Emmys last night winning Outstanding Director and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Beating out shows Silicon Valley and Veep, Donald Glover made history, becoming the first Black person to win in the Best Director category.
During his acceptance speech Glover thanked his wife, his baby, and his unborn baby amongst all his other family. Jokingly he also thanked the other Donald — Trump — for “making black people number 1 on the oppressed list” teasing that “he’s the reason I’m probably up here.”
Jokes on Trump aside, Glover’s history-making victory is incredibly important.
Being the first Black person to win that award along with Lena Waithe being the first Black woman to win for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on Master of None, these creatives are paving the way for real stories from real people of color.
Atlanta is a perfect example of a comedy with Black people vs. the usual comedy about Black people. Glover’s show is a surreal take on Atlanta’s hip-hop scene on the surface but really, it’s about a regular guy trying to get by.
In his backstage interviews the Emmy winning actor said “I’m glad I was able to make history but that’s not what I was trying to do.”
His focus to make a good TV show is indirectly allowing more stories to be told from different perspectives without a stereotypical cliche.
The decision to just make the best art possible is apparent in all of Glover’s work.
From his music to his acting Donald proves that he’s not in this for anything else but quality work. Atlanta is gearing up for its second season and Donald Glover is about to start shooting for his Lando Calrissian role in the next Star Wars.
Watch Atlanta Season 1 now streaming on HULU.