On Sunday night, Donald Glover won a Grammy and performed at the Grammys and left us all panting from the sex. Which wasn’t sex at all but it might as well have been because he brought the sex. On Monday Donald was seen arriving at LAX because he had an appointment. With Black Panther. Black Panther is Marvel. And Marvel is affiliated with Disney. And Disney is Star Wars and The Lion King. And Donald is Lando Calrissian and Simba. So, sure, in a sense he was there as a member of the corporate family.
But, knowing Donald, and given what Kathleen just wrote about the blackness of the Black Panther premiere, you could say that Donald was mostly there as a member of the Black Hollywood family, to celebrate this event and what it represents to his community. As people of colour continue to assert themselves in the entertainment industry, these are the moments when visibility becomes critical. They are there to be seen, to create as much of a moment out of this as possible, generate as many headlines, and to make the point that other stories are profitable too. I hope that, in 6 months, a similar kind of momentum will be generated around Crazy Rich Asians, even without the formidable push of the Disney machine.
Back to Donald now, in this glorious orange suit, in keeping with the style theme of the night, and showing us that he’s just as hot as f-ck in a brightly coloured suit as he is in a white one, have you read the GQ interview with Quincy Jones yet?
If yes, you know what I’m building to.
OH MY GOD, I am so jealous. Anyone who’s read the article is jealous of you right now. Because that interview is F-CKING BONKERS. It is maybe the greatest interview of all time. This is not hyperbole. First of all, it goes on forever. And not in a bad way but in a way where you’re saying to yourself, please let this never, ever end because there is a treasure and a bomb in every goddamn sentence. Second (and third, and fourth, and fifth, and ALL OF IT):
Quincy Jones, every year, goes off to some secret lab in Europe somewhere to be treated with all kinds of new science which will make him live until he’s 120.
He thinks Elvis and Taylor Swift are bullsh-t.
Bono took him to see the Pope and he commented on the Pope’s “pimp shoes”. To the Pope’s face.
He had some notes on the first prototype of E.T. which is why E.T. ended up with blue eyes (!!!!!).
Prince tried to run over Michael Jackson once because he got upstaged by MJ in James Brown’s presence.
That story about Prince and MJ leads to a story about Marlon Brando that then leads to a story about Hitler. WTF.
He has not driven in, like, 70 years.
Footnote #14. This is all I’m going to tell you. Just… Footnote #14.
And on and on and on and on and on.
The whole thing is BATSH-T and, again, if you have not yet had the chance to, block out 20 minutes of your day right now, DO NOT RUSH IT, and sit down with this. I guarantee you won’t regret it.
As for what the connection is here? Quincy Jones wants Donald Glover to play him in a movie. DO IT, goddamn it. DO IT. Make the movie every story from this crazy ass interview and nobody will be sorry.