If you’re like us, you were flipping back and forth between Queen Sugar and Atlanta last night. And while we can have a WHOLE “Queen” conversation later, we needed to take this moment to celebrate Atlanta recognition and normalization of the ever-present, ever-changing Black nerd.

Atlanta star Donald Glover has long been a self-identified Black nerd from his stand-up to Community to his music career — but his new show puts his geeky self (as character Earn Marks) at the center of a black world that both accepts and rejects him. And while we are FASCINATED by the show’s promise, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Black nerds who came before him.


Black Nerds Before “Atlanta”
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TELL US: Do you think the “Black Nerd” character has evolved over time? Who is your favorite?