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Atlanta

the-series-philosopher-atlanta_title_cardAtlanta is an American comedy-drama television series created by and starring Donald Glover (Community, 30 Rock). The series is about two cousins navigating their way in the Atlanta rap scene in an effort to improve their lives and the lives of their families. FX ordered the pilot to a 10-episode season in October 2015. Two weeks after the series premiered on September 6, 2016.

Plot

The series follows Earn (Donald Glover) during his daily life in Atlanta, Georgia, as he tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his ex-girlfriend (the mother of his daughter), his parents, and his cousin, who raps under the stage name “Paper Boi”. Having dropped out of Princeton University, Earn has no money and no home, and so he alternates between staying with his parents and his girlfriend. Once he realizes that his cousin is on the verge of stardom, he desperately seeks to reconnect in order to improve his life and the life of his daughter, Lotti.

Main cast

  • Donald Glover as Earnest “Earn” Marks, a young Princeton dropout turned manager trying to get his cousin Paper Boi’s rap career off the ground
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Boardwalk EmpireVice Principals) as Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles, an up-and-coming rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. He is Earn’s cousin.
  • Keith Stanfield as Darius, Alfred’s right-hand man and visionary
  • Zazie Beetz (Easy) as Vanessa “Van” Keefer, Earn’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his daughter

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