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Donald Glover’s shocking ‘This Is America’ video tackles racism, gun violence

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Donald Glover had quite the weekend.

The actor, who has been riding high these days with both his series “Atlanta” and his role as young Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” both hosted “Saturday Night Live” and was the musical guest as his rap/R&B alter ego, Childish Gambino.

Glover as Gambino won a Grammy this year for best traditional R & B performance for his song “Redbone” and premiered two new songs on “SNL,” titled “Saturday” and “This Is America.”

But it was the video he released for the latter after his “SNL” performance that created a major buzz.

“This Is America” lit up social media after its debut.

Here’s what you need to know about the music video that has many hailing Glover/Gambino as a genius:

You will need to watch it more than once

Directed by “Atlanta” director Hiro Murai, the video is pretty surreal and packed full of messages.

It’s pretty expansive and filmed in a warehouse, which allows for lots of action.

As much as your eye will be drawn to Glover as a shirtless Gambino, pay close attention also to what is happening in the background.

It takes on gun violence in America

Murders occur, but the guns are treated more delicately than human lives in the video — a strong statement given the current debate over gun control.

The imagery also has sparked conversation about several other themes including police brutality, social media and what people are really paying attention to in the United States.

“The fact that Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ tackles police brutality, gun violence, media misdirection, and the use of African-Americans as a brand shield, all while dancing in Jim Crow-style caricature, shows a transcendence or mere performance and demands attention,” one person tweeted.

 

About that dancing

Fans have been dissecting the various dance moves in the video, with many determining they represent an overall distraction from the chaos that is happening in the background.

There’s a cameo you might miss

Yes, that was singer SZA sitting on a car toward the end of the video.

On Sunday, the singer Instagrammed some photos of herself on set.

Her guest appearance could be a clue for the pair working together.

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2019 BLACK MUSIC HONORS PAID TRIBUTE TO MUSIC ICONS XSCAPE, FREDDIE JACKSON, YOLANDA ADAMS, TAMIA, & ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

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Rousing Performances by Avery Wilson, Dee-1, Jade Novah, Jagged Edge, Jekalyn Carr, Naughty By Nature,
June’s Diary, Keke Wyatt, Kelly Price, Le’Andria Johnson, 702, MAJOR. & More Captivated the Audience
Nationally Syndicated Television Special Airs September 14-October 20
Airs On Bounce TV On Sunday, Oct 20

ATLANTA – SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 – The highly anticipated 4th Annual 2019 Black Music Honors hosted by
television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett is
currently airing in national broadcast syndication. The star-studded show was taped live at The Cobb Energy
Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA.
The honoree Xscape, received the Urban Music Icon Award presented by AT&T for the platinum selling quartet
group’s 25 years in the industry. Chart-topping crooner, Freddie Jackson, whose career has spanned over 33 years,
received the Legend Award, presented by State Farm. Yolanda Adams received the Gospel Music Icon Award, and
culturally-conscience eclectic group, Arrested Development, Tamia and Bill Wilters also received recognition.
There were also very many memorable performance tributes by Avery Wilson, Dee-1, Jade Novah, Jagged Edge,
Jekalyn Carr, Naughty By Nature, June’s Diary, Keke Wyatt, Kelly Price, Le’Andria Johnson, Melanie Fiona,
702, & MAJOR were met with standing ovations. Viewers can click Blackmusichonors.com/Airtime.html to check
local airdates and broadcast times.
The night culminated with founder and chairman, Don Jackson, expressing gratitude to the honorees, presenters
and performers for making the night unforgettable. He stated,” the Black Music Honors gives us an opportunity to
celebrate the accomplishments of the trailblazers of African-American music.”
The 4th Annual Black Music Honors show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving
as Producer and Michael A. Johnson as Producer and Director.
State Farm returns as the Black Music Honors title sponsor, in addition to presenting sponsors: AT&T, Walmart,
Chevrolet, Neutrogena Hydro Boost, Stellar TV and CCP.
For more information on Black Music Honors, please visit www.blackmusichonors.com and connect on social media
@blackmusichonors #BMH2019 and #BlackMusicMatters.’

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