Donald Glover Details The Inspirations Behind His Atlanta Series

“I always want people to be scared because that’s kind of how it feels to be black.”

August 09, 2016
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After sharing six new promo videos his upcoming FX show Atlanta, Donald Glover went into to detail about his inspiration and vision for the series during the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour. The show is a comedy that focuses on two cousins who are trying to make it as rappers in the Atlanta scene, but it also speaks to deeper societal issues that Glover says may make viewers uncomfortable.


"The thesis with the show was kind of to show people how it felt to be black," Glover told reporters on Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "What was important to me was that this show was personal and had a specific take, because that's all you can really ask for from a show nowadays, is having a specific point of view on something."

Glover also hinted that the show will deal with race in a way that reflects the limitations of understanding that comes with immediate access to black culture through social media. "It's very easy for white people to know because there's Vine," he said. "[The] Nay Nay [dance] came out and then your grandma's doing it two days later."

Atlanta will premiere Tuesday, September 6 on FX.

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