Atlanta (2016– )
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The Big Bang 

Broke and low on options, Earn seeks to enter the music industry, by offering to be a manager for his rapper cousin, Paper Boy.


Hiro Murai


Donald Glover, Donald Glover (created by)




Episode cast overview:
Donald Glover ... Earnest 'Earn' Marks
Brian Tyree Henry ... Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles
LaKeith Stanfield ... Darius (as Lakeith Stanfield)
Zazie Beetz ... Van
Myra Lucretia Taylor Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Mrs. Marks
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Raleigh Marks
Harold House Moore ... Swiff
Hope Jones ... Chick
Renell Gibbs ... Dude
Avis-Marie Barnes ... Loretta
Stephen Caudill ... Dude at Airport
Richard Kohberger ... Student
Griffin Freeman ... Dave
Alan T. Coleman Alan T. Coleman ... Prince
Emmett Hunter ... Stranger (as Emmett Hunter III)


Broke and low on options, Earn seeks to enter the music industry, by offering to be a manager for his rapper cousin, Paper Boy.

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Comedy | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

6 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A key scene in the pilot has Glover's Earn character talking to a native Atlantan whose accent makes it very hard to understand what he's saying. Glover wanted this scene to be given focus because it reflected the homogenization of Atlanta, noting that in 7 years a visitor to the city wouldn't be able to find someone who talked like that guy. See more »


Earnest 'Earn' Marks: I want to manage you.
Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles: Manage? You know where the word "manage" come from?
Earnest 'Earn' Marks: Manus. Latin for "hand."
Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles: Probably, but I'm gonna say no for the purpose of my argument. "Manage" came from the word "man." And, um, that ain't really your lane.
Earnest 'Earn' Marks: My lane?
Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles: Yeah, man. I need Malcolm. You too Martin. You know what they did to him? They killed him.
Earnest 'Earn' Marks: Didn't they kill Malcolm, too?
Darius: No, no, they say that. But ain't nobody seen the body since the funeral.
Earnest 'Earn' Marks: That's how funerals work.
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Paper Boi
Performed by Brian Tyree Henry
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Paper Boi will be the new Obama!.. What?
11 January 2017 | by hamidullahgencSee all my reviews

Its inclination to not reveal everything from the start and give us clues on how the relationships work in that environment is simply clever. For it engages us, the viewers in the show more!..

Its simplicity in showing the daily life of a group of "black people" is also powerful enough as well as its dialogues...

It has a darker comedy in it that we see it really is representing a fraction of life.

We know Donald Glover from the show called Community and we are sure of his ability to play both drama and comedy. Therefore he should be examined carefully throughout the show. We believe in you Mr. Gambino as you are a rapper like Paper Boi!..

We, in our community / where I come from, do not accept any means to bring someone to the fore based on their ethnicity or race... But there is a reality here in this show...

The slave trading starts in 15th century onward until 19th century, and the so-called "negro" people (pardon my French) are made to feel like a living creature that's of the lesser human category.

So, later on after Darwin's theory of evolution, the enslaved "black" people are made to feel like a chain between the apes and the men...

And the democratic human rights movements for the black lives under the leadership of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and likes of them, made a huge change in black people's mind towards themselves to the point that they started to live more like "normal people" and they are forced to embrace the very things that separate them from "white people."

Along the way they started to be successful at things and this made them feel more confident and alive... Things like music...

This here is going to talk of a success story about a group of black people who will rise in the music business behind their star "Paper Boi". And the first episode promises us many things.

I give this first one a "8,7." Yep!..

P.S.: The way they blue-pencil the violence-related scenes is really great!.. We should not show every abnormal thing that happens!.. Bravo!

"As for the ship, it belonged to certain poor men, who are working upon the sea; and I wished to damage it, for behind them there was a king who was seizing every ship by brutal force." (The Gracious Koran, Chapter: 18, Verse: 79)

Upon this we say: You were always alienated, yeah, dear "black people." But you will achieve great things for sure!.. You have got to keep your boat damaged!..

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