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Donald Glover’s Atlanta Is The Best Thing That’s Happened To FX.

I am supposed to write a review about Atlanta, but, I feel like I should tell you a little more about the man that I have a creative crush on. Donald Glover. Here we go…

When I first heard Donald Glover was leaving Community, I didn’t bat an eyelash. I never really got into Community and thought Donald’s writing talent was being wasted. It was rumored Donald left Community to focus more on his rapping career. Glover expelled those rumors with the now infamous rant on hotel napkins through Instagram. I was still  a little unclear on why he left. But, nevertheless, I waited anxiously to see what Donald had in-stored for us. Later that year he dropped his second studio album, Because Of The Internet. Because Of The Internet received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album and was a commercial success. Donald was also seen on the big screen, with small parts in The Martian and Magic Mike. Soon after, it was announced, Donald Glover’s Atlanta was picked up by FX. This was very exciting for Donald Glover fans. He has a very loyal fan base.

Now on to the show, Atlanta. Atlanta is supposed to be about a young man named, Earn trying to make it in the music business with his rapper cousin, Paper Boi. But, it’s about much more than that. The show takes you on a comedic dark roller coaster that’s filled with uncomfortable and unforgettable scenes that will leave you wanting more. There isn’t a show to compare it to. It’s just as raw as a show can get. The characters are relatable and real. From the scene where Earn, played by Glover can’t afford to take the mother of his child to dinner to the very cringe worthy jail scene when a man finds out his ex girlfriend was born male by homophobic inmates. This show is a different take about growing up and making a living in the real world. We have seen a lot of shows about women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. I think Grace and Frankie are in their damn 70s. But, we have never seen a show about a young black man from a two parent household, trying to make ends meet. Atlanta was long over due and I am here for it.

Donald Glover plays the homeless, hopeless Earn. Earn is a down on his luck college drop out. When Earn isn’t struggling to help out financially to help raise his daughter, he’s trying to manage his  wannabe rapper cousin, Alfred. AKA, Paper Boi. Earn lives with his daughter’s mother Van, who seemingly has her shit together.

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My favorite character on the show is Darius. Darius is played by Keith Stanfield. You may recognize Stanfield from playing Snoop in Straight Outta Compton. Everyone knows a pothead like Darius. The insightful, positive, crafty, chill asf pothead. Everyone needs to smoke weed with a guy like Darius. He’s the friend that will have your back and will also tell you the truth when you need it.

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I don’t want to give too much away. If you haven’t seen Atlanta, please do yourself a huge favor and go watch it now! I promise it won’t disappoint. And if you don’t happen to like Atlanta, something is definitely wrong with you. You can catch Atlanta on Tuesday nights at 10PM on FX.

 

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Community…. Yea Not My Thing… Kind Of

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to get into the show Community. I can’t see the difference between Community and Happy Endings. Same type of humor. You  know….the silly weed smoker humor. The kind of humor that doesn’t require you to think… at all. Which is good for weed smokers and for people who just want to sit and watch TV and not think. I get it.  I really can’t watch either show. Well that’s a lie. I can watch. But I never laugh. Cool storylines. I am just not into really obvious kooky humor. I do however see the appeal in both shows. The Big Bang Theory is on at the same time as Community. Do yourself a favor and watch The Big Bang Theory.  I love this show. I have to admit I just started watching and I am mad I never gave this show a chance before. The writing is always fun and clever. The creator, Chuck Lorre is an amazing writer. I am a big fan. I am hoping I get to sit next to him at an award show one day. Picture it:  He and I are in best comedy category. My show wins and I look surprised. I turn to my husband/boyfriend and he mouths, “You did it!” I turn to Chuck Lorre and he nods my way. I smile graciously and glide my way up those stairs to collect my Emmy. I make a few jokes on how my son/daughter should be in bed. I start thanking my agent and manager. Oh… after I thank God. Then I turn to my husband/boyfriend and say something like, ” Thank you baby for being my rock and putting up with my long hours, blah blah blah, I love you…” And then the music starts to let me know to wrap it up. That’s when I give my  quotable part of my speech. The music makes it more dramatic. I belt out, “Everyone out there hold on to your dreams, and always take the street Fountain and always avoid Wilshire.” And Scene….

Back to Community. Community has a solid cast of actors. Donald Glover has just released a rap single and I love it. Don’t sleep on Donald Glover. He is a dope MC  and you can check out his music here.

You can check out episodes of Community and judge for yourself. A lot of my friends love the show. Click here for eps of Community

 

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