Donald Glover – A Modern Day Renaissance Man

Art reflects life and life reflects art. There is a natural feedback to the expression and creativity of people in the world. From times of old, humans have been changing their environment to suit their desires and needs, and in the process cultures developed, and artistic possibilities began to be explored. Nowadays we are inundated with such a massive streamline of images, sounds, thoughts, concepts, and feelings that sometimes its hard to take a step back and have a really thoughtful, resonant moment, and realise who we are in this world. Last year a show aired on FX called ‘Atlanta’, which deals with the human conundrum in a graceful, hilarious, and powerful manner. Donald Glover is to thank for this revitalising story that lends itself to individual and communal growth towards understanding creativity and the reality from which we are inspired.

Being an actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, rapper, singer, and songwriter, Glover lends himself to a vast array of experience in creating and performing. All these qualities are synthesised into the vibrant world that he has developed as ‘Atlanta’. This is because the show tends towards having such a diverse narrative that leads into bizarre and unexpected places, with highs and lows, and introspective commentaries while still remaining silly and self-critical. It is amazing to see such a young artist, now age 33, excel in so many different areas and with equal maturity and prowess. Having his hand in many pies allows for his creativity in each field to be re-adapted and renewed through other mediums, which lends towards the innovative quality of all he does. For those at a young age this is a great encouragement that anyone can be great contributors to culture and society.

Glover came from relatively humble origins, with a Mother who was a daycare provider and a Father who was a postal worker. Being socially and artistically aware does not mean one’s origins are fixed. The process of which each individual goes through and the movement towards their own unique perceptions and expressions of life can be nurtured out from what might appear like a mundane situation. Often it is thought that extreme, dramatic, violent, and once-in-a-lifetime ‘type’ situations are required for great creative maturity and output, and although I’m not saying that Donald Glover hasn’t had these types of experiences, there is a quality in his TV show that speaks to the transcendence of the everyday life hiding behind every corner. It is in this notion, that more so the fullness of attention we give to each moment, each occurrence, is what determines how much we are affected and engaged in reality, and also, it inevitably influences how much we get out of life, and this is why Donald Glover is a great inspiration.

Author: Jonathan M. Bessette

Jonathan M. Bessette lives and works in Vancouver BC where he writes poetry, short fiction, novels, and screenplays. He was the founder and president of The NPODW publishing society for the 5 years it was active and helped publish its journal of the same name. He is currently working on a new sci-fi novel and hopes to finish a pilot episode for a sitcom in 2017. Check out his creative masterpieces at