Donald Glover Makes History at 2017 EMMYS with “Atlanta”

Donald Glover
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Actor Donald Glover made history on Sunday night (Sept. 17), when he won multiple awards for his FX series, Atlanta.

The 33-year-old took home honors for best director in a comedy series (becoming the first black actor to do so) and outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.

Glover was the first director to win for a show he acted in since Alan Alda won for MASH in 1977.

“I don’t know what’s happening right now. It feels like a dream. I’m glad I was able to make history,” Glover said backstage. “But that’s not what I was trying to do. I was just trying to make the best product possible. I was trying to make a really good show.”

It’s been a big year for Glover. Atlanta released to critical acclaim in late 2016, leading to FX signing him to an exclusive deal to create and develop more shows for the network. One of the first of these shows will be an animated version of Deadpool that he plans to write with his brother Steven and release in 2018, following by the Season 2 of Atlanta.

On the music side, under his rap moniker Childish Gambino, he released his third studio set, Awaken, My Love!, also in late 2016, spawning a radio hit with “Redbone”.

Congrats are in order for Glover, aka Childish Gambino.