Film, TV & Stage

‘Atlanta’ creator and star Donald Glover wins big at the Golden Globes

MAKE MINE A DOUBLE: Donald Glover at the 2017 Golden Globes

MAKE MINE A DOUBLE: Donald Glover at the 2017 Golden Globes

ACTOR DONALD Glover walked away with two top awards at last night’s Golden Globes.

The 33-year-old, who co-wrote and executively produced hit FX series, Atlanta, took home Best Actor in a TV Comedy of musical for his performance as  Earnest “Earn” Marks, while the show won the award for Best TV Series Comedy or Musical.

“I really wanted to thank Atlanta and all the black folks in Atlanta,” Donald said when accepting the award for the series earlier in the night.

“I only cared about what people in Atlanta thought. You can’t name a show Detroit and then have Detroit people hate it. I was only caring if my parents thought it was cool, if I could go to a Chick-Fil-A and see that people knew the new Donald Glover show,” he added later in the press room, discussing the personal and authentic nature of the series.

Atlanta, which was one of the fall’s breakout new shows, stars Donald as Marks, a Princeton dropout trying to support himself and his family (including his young daughter) by acting as a manager to his cousin, emerging rapper Paper Boi.

FX ordered the pilot to a 10-episode season in October 2015.

Two weeks after the series premiered on September 6, 2016, FX announced that Atlanta had been renewed for a second season.

Donald has successfully managed to balance a music career (as Childish Gambino) with the acclaimed FX series.

“I wanted to show white people, you don’t know everything about black culture,” Donald told New York Magazine earlier this year. All of the Atlanta’s writers are black.

WORDS: Layla Young


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