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Mahershala Ali Tells 'GQ' How Oscar Win Changed His Life

Mahershala Ali is on the cover of GQ magazine‘s July 2017 issue and he opens up to the mag about how his life has changed after winning the Oscar for Moonlight.

The 43-year-old actor talks about adjusting to fame as a black man in America, where racial profiling is still a major issue. Here’s what he shared:

On how his life has changed after his Oscar win: “When suddenly you go from being followed in Barneys to being fawned over, it will mess with your head.”

On being a black man in America: “Those experiences that you have from age 10, when you start getting these little messages that you are something to be feared… Walking down the street in Berkeley and some cops roll up on you and say straight up, ‘Give me your ID,’ and you’re like, ‘What the f–k?’”

On becoming a father this year: “When I look at the fact that I was more than twice my father’s age when I became a parent, it helps me put a little bit of his situation into perspective. It helps me appreciate and respect that my parents were able to do what they did do and love me as deeply as they did.”

On what it means to be an American: “I think African-Americans have a very convoluted relationship with patriotism. The fact is, we essentially were the abused child. We still love the parent, but you can’t overlook the fact that we have a very convoluted relationship with the parent. I absolutely love this country, but like so many people have some real questions and concerns about how things have gone down over the years and where we’re at. And that’s from a place of love, because I want the country to be what it says it is on paper.”

For more from Mahershala, visit GQ.com!

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Jay Z's Tidal Teases '4:44' Starring Three Oscar Winners!

It looks like Jay Z is finally revealing the meaning behind his “4:44″ billboards!

A few days ago, Tidal-branded “4:44″ billboards popped up all around New York City, and fans started to speculate that they were teasing the 47-year-old rapper’s upcoming album.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jay Z

However, a commercial was released during the recent NBA Finals game suggesting a Tidal-based movie is on the horizon.

In the below movie trailer, Mahershala Ali plays a boxer with Danny Glover as his trainer before the card at the end reveals Lupita Nyong’o will also be making an appearance in the film.

Watch the trailer below!

Orlando Bloom & Milo Ventimiglia Attend Star-Studded City Year Los Angeles Benefit

Orlando Bloom and Milo Ventimiglia were just two of the many stars to step out for the City Year Los Angeles Spring Break event.

The guys were joined by Jennifer Garner, Amy Schumer, Bryan Cranston, Alison Brie, and Mahershala Ali on Saturday (May 6) in Los Angeles.

Also in attendance were B.J. Novak, Octavia Spencer, Pharrell Williams, Ryan Tedder, Yvette Nicole Brown, Julie Bowen, T. R. Knight, Max Greenfield, and Mel B.

The annual fundraiser is City Year’s largest fundraising event as well as a fun party open to teens, tweens and adults in support of education in Los Angeles. The event attracted more than 1,400 attendees, and raised over $1.8 million. There was a special performance by OneRepublic, as well as food, games and interactive booths.

30+ pictures inside from the star-studded charity event…More Here! »

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Jon Hamm Joins Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, & More for ACLU Facebook Live Telethon

Jon Hamm is partnering with The American Civil Liberties Union and other stars for a fundraiser called “Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU.”

The event will be filmed in New York and streamed on Facebook Live on March 31.

“In these tumultuous times, we need our favorite actors, musicians, and comedians to do what they do best,” the Facebook event reads. “Speak earnestly about politics? No! Entertain you for a great cause? Yes!”

“Because when the Titanic sank, the band kept playing!” it goes on. “Except in this case, the band will be raising money for something that can fix the boat. And Leonardo DiCaprio won’t have to die.”

Other celebs that will help raise money for the ACLU include Tracy Morgan, Ellie Kemper, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Mahershala Ali, and Amy Poehler.

Pictured: Jon grabbing some take-out on Friday (March 25) in Los Feliz, Calif.

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Mahershala Ali Shares New Photo with Baby Daughter Bari!

Mahershala Ali has shared a precious photo of him with his newborn daughter Bari!

The 43-year-old Oscar-winning Moonlight actor and his wife Amatus welcomed their daughter into the world just days before the Academy Awards last month.

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Mahershala‘s buff bicep is on display while he sits on a couch and holds his daughter in his lap.

“Bari x Abu 💜,” he captioned the photo. If you don’t know, Abu means father in Arabic. See the absolutely adorable photo below!

Bari x Abu 💜

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Justin Timberlake, Dakota Johnson & Mahershala Ali Celebrate Most Powerful Stylists With THR!

A whole bunch of big stars got all dressed up to join The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo at their celebration of the most powerful stylists in Hollywood with an intimate dinner last night (March 14) at The Ponte in Los Angeles.

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, Dakota Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Jhene Aiko, Big Sean, John Legend, Sarah Paulson, Busy Philipps, Nicole Richie, Haley Bennett, Nina Dobrev, Jonah Hill, James Marsden, Mary J. Blige enjoyed the festivities alongside The Hollywood Reporter‘s featured stylists like Van Van Alonso, Jason Bolden, Erica Cloud, and more.

The event, hosted by Carol McColgin (Style Editor, THR), Booth Moore (Senior Fashion Editor, THR), and Sandra Choi (Creative Director, Jimmy Choo), feted the tastemakers behind the biggest names in the business.

FYI: All the guests were wearing Jimmy Choo shoes.

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Mahershala Ali Is Taking Two Months Off After Winning Best Supporting Actor Oscar!

Mahershala Ali is ready to take a break after winning Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Oscars for his role in the Best Picture-winning Moonlight!

“I’m gonna take off for about two, two and a half months,” the 43-year-old actor revealed while making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (February 27), before talking about future projects.

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“There’s a project that’s coming together that I’m really excited about,” Mahershala added. “It’s been six months, it starts with these festivals and what not. In that process, in that run, my wonderful team has been getting calls and offers and opportunists have kind of grown so I’m sure this (referring to his Oscar) makes things easier.”


Mahershala Ali on Winning an Oscar

Click inside to watch the rest of Mahershala Ali’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live…More Here! »

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