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‘Atlanta’ recap: Black American Network

Donald Glover is a national treasure

Before I start, I just want to state that this was the funniest Atlanta episode of the season so far. It was so hilarious, smart and all over the place at the same time. The first thing I noticed was the TV show Paper Boi was on was being featured on the Black American Network. Its initials are “BAN.”

Wait a minute.

This show had a public television vibe while also feeling like it was in some sort of alternate reality unrelated to the rest of Atlanta. The show tried pitting Paper Boi and Dr. Holt against each other for the sake of ratings. Montague would ask Paper Boi about important issues and seemingly try to twist Paper Boi’s words at every turn. The host was even caught trying to instigate even after Dr. Holt and Paper Boi started to agree with each other on issues. Got to get those ratings up somehow I guess, huh, Montague?



All jokes aside, Paper Boi was actually saying some real stuff on the show. He says what he means and is never one to renege on his words. On another note, why do people care whether he cares about certain topics? Where is Ja Rule at a time like this? Paper Boi was spewing off quotes of realness like this:

This …

… and even this.

While the show tried to make Paper Boi out to look like a villain, in the end, he just came off as a genuine dude who’s just trying to rap to get this money. Joke’s on the TV crew.

While there was no Earn, Darius or Van in this episode, there was more than enough to keep us entertained.

First, the commercials. That first Arizona commercial had me believing it was an actual commercial and not just in the show. Then I started to realize that it was just Donald Glover’s unpredictability as a television writer and comedian. Brilliant execution.

The commercials took a turn midway through the episode with the knockoff cereal commercial that turned into a cartoon memo on police brutality, turning one of the most innocent parts of the episode and twisting the plot in an instant. It hit home for viewers, given the events that have happened over the last couple of years.

It’s intriguing to think of how Glover is going to top the crazy creativeness of this episode. It seems like this show is influenced by his 2012 comedy special Weirdo, in which Glover talks about a wide spectrum of crazy topics.

The best part of the show was the mini-story on Antoine, aka Harrison.

That whole exchange and interview had me laughing.

I’m so glad that Niles Stewart, aka Retro Spectro, was able to make an appearance on the show. He’s been killing it on Twitter and YouTube as part of the comedy group LeanSquad for a while now. I love how Glover has been finding and putting talent on the small screen.

They really are letting Glover do anything on this show. I only hope that @LeanAndCuisine and @YouFunnyB make the show, as well.

I’m not going to lie, I would tune into this show every week as long as Darius had a segment, and if Paper Boi was a musical guest and got to roast Harrison for at least three minutes. That roast was hilarious.

While this again seemed like another episode that was intended to feel like a filler, Glover reminds us that everything on this show is important. You can look away from the screen for a matter of seconds and miss something very important. Am I still worried about the well-being of all of the characters who didn’t show up? Yes. Van is still jobless, Earn is still trying to stay afloat and Darius is probably out there doing who knows what.

Can’t wait to see what happens next week.

Kofie Yeboah asks for Sweet Tea at every restaurant and recites approximately 2.5 Spongebob lines per hour.