Music Matters - Childish Gambino's "This Is America"
Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, AKA Simba from the upcoming live action rendition of The Lion King, AKA one of the most versatile, talented human beings in the game, just released an eye-opening visual for his record “This Is America”.
Donald Glover with special musical guest Childish Gambino were recently on SNL, where Glover showcased his multifaceted talent with comedic stylings, acting, and of course, a breathtaking performance of "This Is America" that led up to the release of the video. Each performance of the song- whether recorded, visual, or cinematic, illuminates a different side to the track and allows listeners in on what it means to be an American today.
The recently released music video shows more care being given to a gun than a black human body lying unconscious on the ground- a symbol of what America holds to be a higher power in the current climate. The chilling visuals allow us to see recreations of real-life events, such as the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, SC. Once again, after Glover shoots the gun, more care is given to the treatment of the gun than the many black bodies lying on the ground. After each tragic event, Childish Gambino quickly picks back up with his smiles and dancing as if nothing had ever happened- a commentary on the perils of the American news cycle and our tolerance of violence as a society. We are so numb to all of the horrible things that happen in this world that we forget to be human and forget to have love and empathy for each situation.
Glover illuminates issues of power, violence, racism, narcissism, and many more throughout the visual.
It is important for artists to tell their truths and to discuss the systematic issues that happen each and every day within this country. This video is sparking conversation- an integral piece to sparking positive change in the world. Watch the "This Is America" video for yourself here: