New York Magazine

The File: Donald Glover

This July, Donald McKinley Glover Jr.—actor, writer, comedian, rapper, showrunner, idealistic musician boyfriend of Rihanna in the recent anti-capitalist diaspora fable Guava Island and non-swole fashion icon who looks great in Gucci—plays Simba in the live-action remake of The Lion King.


→ He was born on September 25, 1983, on Edwards Air Force Base in California, the oldest of a brood including three biological children, two adopted children, and one foster child. (His mother also ran a day-care out of the garage.) He grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where the KKK was refounded in 1915 and which is home to an enormous Confederate monument carved into said mountain. He’s called it “a pimple on

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