Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Quote of the Day

‘This Is America’ is raw, edgy, and impossible to look away from. [Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino)] has partnered up with Atlanta FX director Hiro Murai to create true art from beginning to end. . . . The beauty of what Donald Glover has given us with ‘This Is America’ is a critique that allows for so many interpretations. Even the simplicity of the lyrics suggest in many ways how simple-minded this country has become. It isn't heavy-handed or corny. It holds up the mirror to show what we have been mindlessly consuming as "good" music, news, politics, and even culture; and it shows that it's actually really ugly. And maybe just seeing ourselves in this light, as not so great, might challenge us to do and be better.

– Natasha Alford
Excerpted from “Five Hidden Meanings
in Donald Glover's ‘This Is America’ Video

TheGrio via Facebook
May 6, 2018

Related Off-site Links:
Childish Gambino Debuts ‘This Is America’ on Saturday Night Live – Mary Papenfuss (The Huffington Post, May 6, 2018).
Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Video Is Full of Harsh Truths – Alejandra Salazar (Yahoo! News, May 6, 2018).
What It Means When Childish Gambino Says ‘This Is America’ – Frank Guan (Vulture, May 7, 2018).
Here's Everything You Probably Missed In Donald Glover's New Music Video ‘This Is America’ – Kev Smith (BuzzFeed, May 7, 2018).
Adult Gambino: Unpacking the Importance of ‘This Is America’ – Max Quinn (Triple J, May 7, 2018).
Donald Glover's ‘This Is America’ Holds Ugly Truths To Be Self-Evident – Audie Cornish and Monika Evstatieva (NPR, May 7, 2018).
Hiro Murai Is the Filmmaker of the Year – Adam Nayman (The Ringer, May 8, 2018).
Here’s Our Top 10 Artworks Inspired by Donald Glover’s ‘This Is America’ – Relly Hunt (Gritty Vibes, May 7, 2018).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Donald Glover: Renaissance Man
The Music of Buffy Sainte-Marie: "Uprooting the Sources of Disenfranchisement"
Buffy Sainte-Marie's Medicine Songs
Buffy Sainte-Marie's Power in the Blood
The War Racket
The Student-Activists of 2018 – Leading Us to the Future
Quote of the Day – February 17, 2018
Quote of the Day – November 13, 2017
Remembering Philando Castile and Demanding Abolition of the System That Targets and Kills People of Color
"This Doesn't Happen to White People"
Quote of the Day – March 31, 2016
Something to Think About – December 29, 2015
Quote of the Day – November 25, 2015
"We Are All One" – #Justice4Jamar and the 4th Precinct Occupation: Photos, Reflections and Links
Rallying in Solidarity with Eric Garner and Other Victims of Police Brutality
"Say Her Name" Solidarity Action for Sandra Bland
In Minneapolis, Rallying in Solidarity with Black Lives in Baltimore
Making the Connections

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