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From The White House to the writer’s room: Malia Obama is writing for Donald Glover’s new Amazon ‘sister series’ to Atlanta


Malia Obama is all grown up. Now a Harvard Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, the former first daughter is carving out her own career path, and no it's not in politics. Rather, the 23-year-old is taking a seat in the much mythologised writer's room. On Donald Glover's new series Swarm, no less.

Speaking to Vanity Fair at the season three premiere of Atlanta, Donald Glover opened up about his new employee. "She’s just like, an amazingly talented person," he said. "She’s really focused, and she’s working really hard. I feel like she’s just somebody who’s gonna have really good things coming soon. Her writing style is great," he continued.

As some fresh new images have surfaced from Atlanta's 'sister show,' we're counting down the days until we can watch it. Swarm will be officially released via Amazon Prime on March 10The series in question will focus on a Beyoncé-type character and is described by Glover as a “post-truth Piano Teacher mixed with The King of Comedy” in a recent interview with Vanity Fair .

Obama was hired to share her experiences and lend her perspective to the project. Considering that her work experience includes an internship at HBO's Girls in 2015, along with a stint at the Weinstein Company in 2017 and joining Halle Berry's drama Extant as a production assistant in 2017, we're calling it right now. Malia Obama is surely our (meaning Gen Z's) Sofia Coppola.

Critics are bound to shout nepotism! But all we find ourselves saying is: so what? If Malia has half the charisma of her father Barry and an ounce of the strength and leadership of her mother Michelle (which we're certain she does), her writing is bound to make for compelling television. The reign of the Obamas continues—thank god.

What of the youngest Obama, Sasha? The 20-year-old skipped the Ivy League route and instead enrolled in the University of Michigan where her major has been kept under wraps for now. What is coming out about baby Obama is that she is stylish as heck. See your evidence, below.

Some of the cast have also been announced, including Dominique Fishback as Dre who plays a young woman obsessed with a fictional pop star who sounds a lot like Beyonce. Fishback certainly delivered, receiving a three-minute standing ovation after filming the last scene of the pilot. The Piano Teacher’s Isabelle Huppert is also set to take to the screen. Chloe x Halle's  Chloe Bailey and Damson Idris will also be joining the cast.

If the US ever decided to elect a royal family, you know who our pick would be. Obamas forever.

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