Donald Glover is ready to kick off his series Atlanta coming to FX in September and is sitting down with press to talk about it. At the most recent Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, Glover took time to explain the inspiration for his show.In simpler terms Donald went on to share he hopes the project will capture a more authentic side to what it’s like being black.
“The thesis with the show was kind of to show people how it felt to be black,” he told reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “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 elaborated on that when discussing the show’s decision to tackle serious subjects: “I always want people to be scared, because that’s kind of how it feels to be black.” He acknowledged how the portrayal of that experience has changed in Hollywood in recent years — something which he attributed at least partly to social media. “I feel like we’ve seen the kind of Richard Pryor-Gene Wilder, ‘black people do this, white people do this’ [project] and I’m, like, why was that interesting in the first place?” Glover recalls of the inspiration for the series. “It’s very easy for white people to know because there’s Vine. … [The] Nay Nay [dance] came out and then your grandma’s doing it two days later.”
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