Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ movie remixes ‘This Is America’ for a global audience


It’s fair to say that Donald Glover’s summer 2018 Childish Gambino jam, “This Is America,” shook the internet.

The music video was packed with symbolism and it arrived like a crash of lightning, electrifying an audience hungry for a better understanding of the song’s intent. Now, in Glover’s new film Guava Island, a “This Is America” performance woven directly into the text helps us fine-tune that understanding.

The original music video that premiered in May 2018 was widely read as a commentary on systemic racism in the United States. The music’s shifting moods — alternating between an African folk-inspired melody and a pulsing trap beat — were accompanied by imagery that leapt from joyful singing and dancing to scenes of violence and back again. Read more…

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