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

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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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