Meet one of the actors from Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’
Calvin the II got mistaken for Trayvon Martin’s dad.
No, that’s not Trayvon Martin’s dad getting shot in Childish Gambino’s game-changing “This Is America” video — it’s Los Angeles-based actor and musician Calvin “Calvin the II” Winbush.
“My role in it was really just a black guitar player,” he says. “To my knowledge, I do not in anyway believe that they wanted someone to look like Trayvon Martin’s dad. That would have ruined the whole video. Tracy Martin has gone through enough.”
Winbush got the call from his agent that he had been cast for the role while hanging out at Coachella.
“I drove back from Coachella to L.A. at 1 a.m.,” he recalls. “Got back at 3 a.m. and had to be at set by 6 a.m.”
Talk about dedication. Winbush reveals that the whole team was super respectful by disclosing exactly how he’d be featured in “This is America.”
“One of the producers for the project gave me a call to fill me in on the violent nature of what would happen to my character, and I was re-
“Calvin the II” Winbush is an actor and musician based in Los Angeles.