The Star Wars Twitter account made it official and my timeline went crazy.
This is a casting announcement that I'd been anticipating ever since rumors dropped. But I never expected the moment to feel so emotional. Before John Boyega as Finn there hadn't been a black male character in the franchise since Samuel L. Jackson. And before him, many, many years ago, there was Billy Dee Williams. To see that role come back more than 33 years later is incredible. And there is literally no better pick on earth than Donald. Plus, to have three black men (Donald, John and Forrest Whitaker in Rogue One) in three different Star Wars franchise films is like Christmas come early for a kid like me. Coming from a time where representation, in sci-fi especially, was so scarce it feels like a big step forward. This is something to be proud of.
And my people agree with me.
went from wearing a star wars shirt to starring in star wars pic.twitter.com/lcdlAQkHx8— Demetrius Harmon🎃 (@meechonmars) October 22, 2016
So happy for Donald Glover. He ended up being a geek icon anyway #StarWars— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) October 21, 2016
And I got very sentimental...
Seeing ourselves in stories about distant futures and galaxies far, far away matter just as much as stories about the present. They almost matter more, in my opinion, because not seeing yourself in the future makes it feel like we, as a people, have an expiration date. I went through these same exact changes when John Boyega starred as Finn in The Force Awakens. It may not hold the same gravity as watching the first leading black man hold a lightsaber. But watching Donald Glover assume the role of the most iconic black man in the Star Wars franchise for his interpretation of the character will be equally special in its own right. And I can't wait to see it.
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