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Black Hollywood praises Childish Gambino’s socially conscious new video This Is America


Childish Gambino performing “This Is America” on “SNL”; Will Heath/NBCChildish Gambino‘s new video, This Is America, has racked up over 20 million views in less than 48 hours, and celebrities and musicians are praising the singer and actor for the poignant clip, which tackles the issues of race, social justice, police brutality and politics head on.

Winston Duke, who played M’Baku in Black Panther, shouted out Donald Glover‘s music persona for his creativity.

“What happens when you put creative agency in the hands of artists,” he tweeted

“Powerful narratives, carried by the vehicle of entertainment. Specificity is the universal connective tissue. Big shout to @childishgambino for this one.”

Jaden Smith simply wrote, “This Video is Iconic.”

Janelle Monae was seemingly at a loss for words writing, simply, “Donald . Glover,” and then “Childish . Gambino.”

Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks, referred to Gambino’s video as “required viewing.”

“This is not meant to be a trending post,” she wrote, captioning a clip of the video on Instagram

“This is REQUIRED VIEWING. Much respect to this Black Man. @childishgambino.”

Common simply offered his thanks.

“Thank you @childishgambino #thisisamerica,” he wrote, also reposting a video clip.

Meanwhile Taraji P. Henson referred to Gambino as true artist.

“@childishgambino YOU ARE THE BASQUIAT OF MUSIC!!!! I adore you!!! KEEP SHINING!!, she wrote.

As previously reported, Glover’s video followed his Saturday Night Live performances of both “This Is America” and “Saturday.”

On the song, Gambino makes a statement about violence in the U.S.: “This is America/Don’t catch you slippin’ up/Look at how I’m livin’ now/Police be trippin’ now/Yeah, this is America/Guns in my area/I got the strap/I gotta carry ’em.”

“This is America” is now available on YouTube

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