Jaboukie Young-White is a young screenwriter and comedian who's performed on The Tonight Show and appeared in Rolling Stone's 25 under 25 (a list of comedians on the verge of making it big). He never would have gotten that far, however, if he hadn't been inspired by another young writer he heard about when he was young: Donald Glover. He had a chance to tell the actor/writer in person when the two met on Saturday, March 24.
You know the old saying: always meet your heroes because they're usually super cool and nice.
he said i was funny & now i have enough validation to last me the rest of 2k18— jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) March 24, 2018
Twitter was thoroughly inspired by the situation.
This story offers first-hand evidence as to why representation matters!
Perhaps this is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship...
The most ambitious crossover in history is this right here— myr.i.am (@meme_myriam11) March 24, 2018
Some Twitter users didn't want to believe Young-White's success had anything to do with Glover.
It's not about being black, it's about being talented. Stop making race a issue. Talents— Marcia McIntosh PhD (@co_mcintosh) March 24, 2018
But they were quickly put in their place.
Honey, he was speaking about representation and how knowing a black man was already doing what he wanted to do inspired him. You missed it.— Chanel Turner (@isthatchanel) March 24, 2018
The hard work is all his but a single positive word from a hero or mentor can change your entire perception of the world. They say never meet your heros, but how about this? Be better for the people who look up to you. https://t.co/B5LGPxqtwO— Ben’s head is a tire fire on an anxiety barge (@OriginalLudious) March 24, 2018
And, in turn, this photo will inspire other young writers to rise up and do what they want to do.
In a way, that's the most beautiful thing about an already beautiful moment.