SAG Awards: Mahershala Ali

Last night, the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were given away and A24’s Moonlight received “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” for Mahershala Ali out of three nominations.

Ali, who plays “Juan,” a drug dealer who becomes a father figure for young Chiron in
Moonlight, gave an emotional acceptance speech about his conversion to Islam and humanity.

“I think what I have learned from working on Moonlight, you see what happens in persecution,” he said. “What I was so grateful about and having the opportunity was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community, and taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him he mattered, that he was OK. And accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that.”

~Jaleesa Lashay~ 

Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray on his role as Michael Bivins

Jaleesa Lashay catches up with Bryshere Gray to talk about balancing his roles on Empire and shooting new movies and promoting The New Edition Story at the Paley Media Center in Los Angeles.

~Jaleesa Lashay~ 

Gabrielle Union gives an emotional interview for The #BirthOfANation Premiere

Gabrielle Union discusses doing more with her career than just acting and what it meant to her to relive a personal time in her life when she was sexually assaulted by playing this role in the story of Nat Turner, The Birth of a Nation.

~Jaleesa Lashay~