Watch: Childish Gambino – This is America

The most stylish music video of 2018 is also the most political: behold “This is America” by Childish Gambino, the elusive alter-ego of Donald Glover. The actor/rapper/producer/writer has given new and more complex representation to contemporary black American identity through his hit show Atlanta (2016-), and has been shaking up Hollywood with his subtle acting skills with appearances in SNL as well as in the Starwars franchise. In This is America, we see Glover paint a dystopian picture of America, where guns are treated with more respect than bodies of color, and where violence commingles with entertainment, celebration, and community. Directed by Hiro Murai, who also is a frequent collaborator of Atlanta, the video features a wealth of dance genres, stellar acting, and even a couple of cameos, for example by Sza, who sits reclined on a chair towards the end of the video. Who ever said that pop culture isn’t the space of politics? Must watch for your Monday morning.