Actor/Rapper/Comedian Donald Glover is set to make history in Hollywood with his new FX series “Atlanta” that is one of the first of its kind to be written and produced by an all Black staff.
“I wanted to show white people, you don’t know everything about black culture,” said Donald Glover. The 32-year-old actor was eating takeout sushi at a small table in his brother’s Hollywood apartment, wearing a black pocket tee that matched his black velvet loafers, no socks. “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,” Glover continued as his brother played Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64 across the room. “Skrrt Skrrt” by the young Atlanta rapper 21 Savage blared on the speakers. “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 … ni**a, I hate Deshaun.”
Glover goes on to say:
When Glover was putting together the writers’ room for the show, he looked close to home, hiring his younger brother Stephen (who previously worked as a songwriter) as a writer and story editor. The entire writing staff is black, which is virtually unheard of in television. And while many of the cast members and writing staff are Atlanta natives, with the exception of Glover and Stefani Robinson (FXX’s Man Seeking Woman), it was everyone’s first writers’ room. The atmosphere was informal by design, and Glover asked the network if he could skip using an office. Instead, they worked in “just this house in Hollywood called the Factory. We would just sit around and have conversations,” he explained. There, Glover would write during the day and make music at night.
The series is about two cousins navigating their way in the Atlanta rap scene in an effort to improve their lives and the lives of their families
The 10-episode season is set to premiere on FX beginning September 6, 2016.