"This is America"- Childish Gambino

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The biggest thing to come out of the art/entertainment world this month has been Donald Glover/Childish Gambino's (why's dude have 2 names?) "This is America" music video. Usually when you finally get around to watching something with a ton of hype, it fails to live up to it. This is one of the rare cases where it surpasses it. "This is America" is one of the most mesmerizing works of art you'll ever see.


Everything from the violence, to the dance moves, to Donald Glover's volatile emotional state, sticks with you long after you finish watching it. Since the video is so abstract though, there's been a lot of discussion about it's meaning or message. If you search for "This is America" online you'll come across numerous articles and videos trying to break it down and figure it out. Although it can be fun to deconstruct and evaluate a work of art, I think some are better off without an explanation. There's nothing wrong with looking for symbolism and subtext, and
this video has plenty of both, but if you make that your primary focus you're missing out on the
experience the artist wanted to give you. When you watch a great film or video, or listen to a beautiful piece of music, you feel it in a place within yourself that's beyond understanding. And no matter how hard it tries, there are no words your mind can come up with to adequately describe that feeling. In situations like that, the best thing you can do is just sit back and be speechless.