Donald Glover vs Childish Gambino

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is on a quest for respect in 2018. He’s been blowing the competition early in the second quarter of the year. Just last week Glover wrapped up the second season of the brilliant show “Atlanta”, which is a series that has only grown funnier and queasier as it’s progressed. Since last Sunday his new hit single “This is America has debuted as number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and has unanimous praise on social media. The video for “This is America” has been the talk all over social media platforms everywhere. The song comments on America’s gun epidemic and the burden it puts on this country’s black communities to cope, grieve, and survive. It had cameos with Trayvon Martin’s father, and singer songwriter SZA. The song betrays a message that has been declared among other superlatives.

The video was directed by Hiro Murai, and he said he wanted to portray “a true picture of America, “a powerful portrait of black-American existentialism, and proof that Glover can thrill and challenge audiences in any medium.” The four minute and four second video received over a million views in less than 24 hours. Childish Gambino has been positioned as one of the new figureheads of the cultural, political, and artistic zeitgeist.

Although the video and song has gained great recognition, some members of the  Black community have not given him the credibility for his artistic vision due to his being married to a Caucasian woman. They feel as if he can’t be “woke” and still talk about black issues in the community. There has been an ongoing debate regarding this and hopefully people will look into the message and not the color of his wife’s skin to listen to the message he’s trying to relay to our community.

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