Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali Talks Being Black in America & More in GQ’s July Issue
Actor Mahershala Ali earned himself critical acclaim after he starred in the Oscar winning film Moonlight, and along with it, he gained a new legion of LGBT and female fans. With his gorgeous smile and amazing dark brown skin, its so surprise that Mahershala is a charmer without officially trying to be.
The 43-year-old Oakland native covers the July 2017 issue of GQ magazine, where he wears a red and white Marni shirt and olive Marni pants with a sky blue necklace by Degs & Sal. Along with his smile, he finishes the look with a gold bracelet from Miansai.
Inside his cover story titled Oscar Winner & Great American Mahershala Ali, the former House of Cards star speaks on life after his Oscar win, being black in America, and his thoughts on what it means to be an American. He also wears pieces from Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada and Calvin Klein – just to name a few, in his photoshoot with photographer Peggy Sirota:
ON LIFE 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 BEING 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.”
ON WHAT MOONLIGHT TAUGHT HIM: “What I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves. Juan saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community and [took] that opportunity to uplift him and tell him that he mattered, that he was okay, and accept him. And I hope that we do a better job of that.”