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Mahershala Ali Wins Oscar For Best Supporting Actor For ‘Moonlight’

By Teonny Spears / Published on Sunday, 26 Feb 2017 21:26 PM / No Comments

Actor Mahershala Ali won his first Oscar as he took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Juan in Moonlight. In the critically acclaimed movie, Juan plays a drug dealer who is acted as a surrogate father to main character Chiron.

When taking the stage for his acceptance speech, Mahershala spoke about his past teachers and thanked the cast:

“I want to thank my teachers, my professors. I have so many wonderful teachers, and one thing that they consistently told me… was that it wasn’t about you. It isn’t about you, it’s about these characters. You’re in service to these stories and these characters, and I’m so blessed to have an opportunity. It was about Juan, it was about Chiron, it was about Paula.”

Moonlight tells the story of a young, gay black man (played across the film’s three chapters by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes) coming of age in Miami’s impoverished Liberty City neighborhood. Ali, 43, portrays Juan, a local dealer who becomes an unlikely father figure to the boy in the first section.

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Teonny Spears
26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age because he simply didn't like getting dirty as a child, and preferred to stay inside.

His earlier writings consisted of short stories and poetry, and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk, a web-show that featured celebrity gossip, news, TV/movie talk and fashion. After 8 seasons and over 200 episodes, Teonny decided to end the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year.

In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing a multicultural exploration of art, entertainment, fashion and social issues through a mix of news and thought pieces. After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Pop Music, though he also dabbles in Fashion, TV/Film, Rap & introducing readers to new and rising talent.

Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.