Mahershala Ali is one of the hottest actors, Black or white or anything between, in the game, period. The Oscar-winning actor, and official Hip-Hop head, finally got a GQ cover, and women on social media are letting their lust be known.
As for the GQ piece, the very woke actor tackles topics including race in America.
“When suddenly you go from being followed in Barneys to being fawned over, it will mess with your head,” he tells me, leaning over the table. He remembers being on subway trains and seeing people hide their rings from him: “those experiences that you have from age 10, when you start getting these little messages that you are something to be feared.” Even as a celebrity, he’s experienced how the script can always be flipped. “Walking down the street in Berkeley,” he says, “and some cops roll up on you and say straight up, ‘Give me your ID,’ and you’re like, ‘What the fu*k?’ ”
Speak on it brother Mahershala.
Also, Ali, who is Muslim, dropped some knowledge on patriotism.
“I think African-Americans have a very convoluted relationship with patriotism,” he says. “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.”
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Photo: Peggy Sirota for GQ