Donald Glover Becomes First Black Director To Win Emmy For A Comedy Series
Donald Glover is the jack all trades for real. From a successful music career and now onto a successful television career. The visionary Donald Glover made history becoming the first black director to win for a comedy series ever at the 69th Emmy Awards last night.
Atlanta, the show he created and directed with his brother, Stephen Glover, and Hiro Murai, earned high marks for ratings on FX. In Atlanta, Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, a dad and a college dropout whose cousin becomes a famous rapper. The trophy was presented by another former Emmy winner and comedy legend Dave Chappelle. This also marked the first time a director has won for a show he acted in.
Glover was not done making history yet because he was nominated for two other awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and outstanding writing. Well he won the Emmy for lead acting in a comedy series becoming the first black man since 1985 to do so.
Previously there have been three black directors who won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Thomas Carter, who won twice for Equal Justice; Paris Barclay, who won twice for NYPD Blue, and Eric Laneuville, who won for I’ll Fly Away.
Glover started his acceptance speech, “Yo.” He continued with, “I’m so happy. Wow. Thank you guys so much. This is nuts. I really want to thank the academy again, all of you guys in here.”
Glover re-thanked his partner, his son, unborn child, the city of Atlanta, and the FX network. He followed it up by adding, “I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list. He’s the reason I’m probably up here.”
FX renewed the series for another season and Glover will be starring in the upcoming anticipating films later this year, Star Wars Han Solo film and The Lion King.