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Donald Glover is an Emmy-winning actor-writer-producer-director-rapper-stand-up comic — and now movie star

Glover is No. 43 on the Recode 100.

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.

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