Donald Glover, also known by his rap name Childish Gambino, made history by being the first Black director to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing In A Comedy Series. This is only one of his two awards from the 69th Primetime Emmy awards!
In a very successful night for a diverse array of acting, writing and directing talent, Donald Glover won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his acting in Atlanta, his second Emmy win of the night. 2017 marked his first Emmy nomination. He was also nominated for outstanding writing and won his second trophy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for his work on “B.A.N.,” an experimental episode of Atlanta.
Glover is the first Black director to win an Emmy for work on a comedy series, and the first Black man since 1985 to win an Emmy for lead acting in a comedy series. In Atlanta, Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, a dad and a college dropout whose cousin becomes a famous rapper.
Many of the speeches of the night took on a political tone, Glover’s speech carried on that theme:
“I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list.
“He’s the reason I’m probably up here.”
Glover also used his speech to thank his partner and announce they will be expecting their second child
“I want to thank Michelle, my partner. You love me even how crazy I get.
“I want to thank my baby, my son, for just being the joy in my life.
“I want to thank my unborn son. We’re listening to Stevie [Wonder] tonight.”
Here is one of Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino’s best-known songs- 3005