Mahershala Ali


  1. Mahershala Ali
    • Mahershala Ali – 2016 Commencement Address
      Mahershala Ali `96, one of the most talented and sought-after actors in Hollywood, delivered the Commencement Address at Saint Mary’s College of California on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

    • Conversations with Mahershala Ali
      Conversations career retrospective with Mahershala Ali. Moderated by Jenelle Riley.
      Published on :- 2017-Jan-23rd

      • Conversations with Mahershala Ali – Challenges & Inspiration
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  2. Tarell Alvin McCraney
    • Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney: ‘I’m still that vulnerable boy’ – BBC Newsnight
      The film Moonlight has won best picture at the Oscars. Set mainly in a black neighbourhood of Miami, it chronicles the life of Chiron – from being a gentle child bullied at school to a young adult trying to come to terms with his sexuality. It mixes macho brutality, with genuine tenderness. The film is directed by Barry Jenkins and is based on a story by Tarell Alvin McCraney called In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Evan Davis met up with Tarell Alvin McCraney on 16 February. 
      Published on :- 2017-Jan-23rd
      Added On: – 2017-Mar-7th
    • “Moonlight” writer on its origin and critical success
      “Moonlight” won best picture in the drama category at last month’s Golden Globe Awards and has received eight Oscar nominations. It’s based on the story, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney. McCraney is a MacArthur Genius fellow and was recently named head of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. He joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss the film’s message.
      Published on :- 2017-Feb-18th
      Added On: – 2017-Mar-7th

  3. Oscars
    • Academy Conversations: Moonlight
      Moonlight discussion with writer/director Barry Jenkins, producers Adele Romanski and Jeremy Kleiner, and actors Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, and Trevante Rhodes on October 30, 2016 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
      Published on :- 2016-Nov-21st
      Added On: – 2017-Mar-7th




Mahershala Ali – 2016 Commencement Address

  1. Who am I
    • My name?
    • More than physical body
    • For 10 to 15 minutes
    • Removing the skin
      • Interior presence
    • Contact with Spirit
      • Shadow Body
      • Deeds
      • Intentions
      • Seeds are our thoughts
  2. Offer you prayer
  3. Responsibility to our spirits
    • Cloth & feed mine through prayer and meditation
    • Seek Divine Guidance
    • Claim the sacred spaces of your mind
    • Nurture & cultivate
  4. Patience, Perseverance, and Prayer


Conversations with Mahershala Ali – Challenges & Inspiration

  1. Hating first days
  2. Not a clubber
  3. Go into the Town
    • Get a feel for the town
  4. Focus on other things that I want to do with this character
  5. Owning the Character
    • Good fathers or love their kids
    • More than their mistakes
    • ABout to be superstar, but went to jail for Armed Robbery
    • Advocate for a character who did not have opportunities
    • School Dropout
      • Why are they dropping out
  6. We wanted to see you more in the Movie
    • Story is about Chiron and it needs to stay about him
    • I wish I was in something more
    • Opportunity & Potential that somebody might wonder I w
    • Young people feel it
      • Uncle went to Jail for 15
      • Corner Boy got shot
    • Real Person
      • Blue is a real person
      • Step Father ( Brother’s Dad)
      • Got shot before his brother was born


Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney: ‘I’m still that vulnerable boy’ – BBC Newsnight

  1. Drug Dealer, but he is got that tenderness
  2. See all people has good and bad
    1. If we want them to be more good than bad, then we have to give them an opportunity to be good
  3. Access to Privilege
    • Brute Strength
    • If the more masculine I am, I am closer to the Power
  4. Masculinity
  5. Honor masculinity than nurturing
  6. Creating binaries that do not exist
  7. Teaches people they can be all those things
  8. Tackles issues because they are part of life
  9. At one point you have to define yourself
  10. That vulnerable person is always going to there
  11. Within all my education, that vulnerability will always be there
  12. Two young men because of where they come from


“Moonlight” writer on its origin and critical success

  1. Mother said Blue is not here anymore
    1. Don’t be so sure that the good thing is going to last
  2. You can’t always trust that things are going to stay the same
  3. You guys humanize these characters
    1. We never stopped believing that they are humans
  4. Do not wait so long
    • To place cameras in their hands
    • To put pens in their hands


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