Donald Glover has spent the past few years racking up accolades as a writer, producer, director, rapper and stand-up comic. Next year he’ll be a movie star.
Glover plays Lando Calrissian in the eagerly awaited “Star Wars” spinoff movie presenting Han Solo’s origin story. This year he played an important movie role as a musician, under his stage name, Childish Gambino: Jordan Peele (No. 60 on the Recode 100) chose Gambino’s song “Redbone” — with its “stay woke” lyric — to open his own debut film, “Get Out.”
But Glover’s biggest impact this year came via his FX series, “Atlanta,” a sharply observed commentary on being young and black in today's America. It won a pair of Emmy Awards for Glover — the first black man since 1985 to win an Emmy for lead acting and directing in a comedy series. “I want to thank Trump for making black people No. 1 on the most-oppressed list,” Glover sort of joked while accepting his trophies. “He’s the reason I’m probably up here.”
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.