Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, has been pretty quiet lately, with his social media accounts all being emptied of posts and his profile pictures all being replaced by black boxes. The rapper is known for his TMI streams of consciousness on Twitter and Instagram and creating multi-platform projects, so his sudden internet absence is out of character—particularly the fact that he's replaced the multimedia screenplay that accompanied his latest album Because the Internet with an all-black screen. It all seems likely to be a response to the current protests taking place around the country; many have shown solidarity by adopting all-black social media profiles. One blogger has noted that the start of the black-out—December 10—also coincided with the one year anniversary of the release of Because the Internet (which has just been nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy).
Meanwhile, Hollywood Reporter broke the news yesterday that Glover has just been given the green light from FX to create a half-hour pilot of his comedy show about the Atlanta rap scene. As well as executive producing the show, he's set to star as one half of a struggling rap duo. Perhaps that's why he's AFK.
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