Despite what they might think.

Donald Glover would like to remind white people that they do not, in fact, know everything about black culture, despite what they might think. At least that’s the point he’s hoping to get across in his show Atlanta.

He told Vulture,

“I know it’s very easy to feel that way. Like, I get it, you can hear about the Nae Nae the day it comes out. You follow Hood Vines, and you have your one black friend and you think they teach you everything, I get it that Deshaun said that black people love … nigga, I hate Deshaun.

And that’s what inspired Atlanta. So Donald left his role as Troy on Community and set about developing Atlanta, which now has an all-black writing staff.

“There were some things so subtle and black that people had no idea what we were talking about.”

But as much as Atlanta has the potential to really make a difference in Hollywood — an all-black ensemble cast and writing team in comedy is a rarity in itself — Donald doesn’t care how “important” his show is.

“The No. 1 thing we kept coming back to is that it needs to be funny first and foremost. I never wanted this shit to be important. I never wanted this show to be about diversity; all that shit is wack to me.”


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