Donald Glover Makes History at Emmys as First Black Star to Win Comedy Series Directing

Donald Glover did it again with his hit show Atlanta.

Glover snagged an Emmy for his directing duties on Atlanta. He is the first black star to win in that category.

“Man. Yo, first I want to thank the great algorithm that put us all here,” Glover said in his acceptance speech. “I want to thank my parents who are in the audience. This is nuts.” Glover also thanked his brother and the show writers. He also acknowledges Tokyo-born filmmaker Hiro Murai, who has worked with Glover on music videos.

He taught me everything about directing,” Glover said. He had the eye for this show first and we sat down and he is just amazing. I really want to give this to Hiro and say, I love you and thank you for being my best friend and making this with me and I just love everybody out here for letting me be up here so thank you, thank you all.”

Glover voices Simba in the new semi live-action reboot of The Lion King, which is set for release in 2019.

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