Donald Glover Highlights The African-American Experience In ‘This is America’ – College Media Network


Thirty-four year old musician Donald Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, was the Internet’s greatest fascination this past weekend. Glover was the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, where he performed his new song “This is America”. The subsequently released music video sparked a great deal of conversation due to its graphic depictions of violence against African-Americans throughout the country’s history.

The video begins innocently enough, with a black man playing guitar as Glover dances erratically and makes faces into the camera. Startlingly, the rapper pulls out a gun and shoots the man through the back of his head. From there on, as NPR Music reporter Rodney Carmichael says, the video is a “barrage of symbolism and chaos.” There…

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