Seen On The Scene: Mahershala Ali & David Oyelowo Reconnect At DON’T LET GO’s Q & A

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David Oyelowo And Mahershala Ali Reconnect At DON’T LET GO’s Q & A

 

Last Tuesday, ICON MANN, a media, consulting, and heritage development enterprise, committed to positively transforming the dialogue and imaging of black males celebrated, David Oyelowo by hosting a screening of his new thriller DON’T LET GO at the Creative Arts Agency (CAA)  headquarters in Los Angeles. Academy-Award winning Black actor, Mahershala Ali, WHEN THEY SEE US star, Isis King, Tameka Raymond, Erica Pitman and more came out to support the film’s star and producer David Oyelowo, and writer Jacob Estes.

Mahershala Ali x Davis Oyelow At DON'T LET GO

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Tamara Houston, Founder and CEO of ICON MANN, served as the host for the evening and Associate Director, Membership Relations and Outreach, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Shawn Finnie moderated a post-screening Q & A with David Oyelowo and Jacob Estes.

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During the panel, David discussed why representation matters in Hollywood stating, “One of the things I’m absolutely dedicated to is getting to see people of color in front of, behind the camera, and telling stories that are universal, expansive and are not necessarily tied to race. Because I truly believe in this medium as powerful for cultural change. I think what breaks down prejudice is coming away from fear. That has to do with feeling like you know people who are different than you. I  always look for opportunities to do that with a film. And I’m always looking to provide opportunities for my twelve-year-old self.” We see you BLACK MAN!

Black Excellence: Mahershala Ali, Niecy Nash, Jharrel Jerome & More Round Out 2019 Emmy Nominations

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2019 Primetime Emmy Nominations Are Announced

The Emmy nominations are here and some much deserved talent is getting a nod.

First off, if you’re still crying or filled with outraged from Netflix’s When They See Us, part of it is probably due to Korey Wise‘s heartbreaking story, bravely taken on by Jharrel Jerome. 

The Emmy’s has recognized his talents, giving the young actor a nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

Niecy Nash and Aunjanue Ellis are also getting some recognition for their rolls in When They See Us with nominations in Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Mahershala Ali joins Jerome in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series category for his amazing work in the third season of True Detective. 

Meanwhile, Billy Porter received his first nomination for Pose in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, joining Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us and Kit Harrington for Game of Thrones. 

Lead Actress in a Drama Series is occupied by powerhouse actresses like Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder and Sandra Oh for Killing Eve. Meanwhile, Anthony Anderson gets a nod once again for his role in Black-ish.

One of the biggest awards of the night, Best Drama Series, includes hit shows like Game of Thrones, Killing Eve, This Is Us and Pose. Game of Thrones leads the nominations this year with a record-setting 32 nods!

You can check out the full nomination list here and let us know who you’re rooting for! The 71st Emmy Awards is set to air on Sunday, September 22 live on Fox at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.

AFI Honors Denzel Washington With A Lifetime Achievement Award, Plus Watch Beyoncé’s Tribute To Melina Matsoukas

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Denzel Washington Honored By AFI

We’re so happy to see Denzel Washington was honored this week with the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award. He was joined at the star studded event by his wife Pauletta, son John David and daughter Katia. We love this red carpet exchange he had with Access reporter Scott Evans. Do you think you’d have it in you to do a Denzel impression for Denzel?

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A gang of celebs were in the building for the big event, including Issa Rae, Mahershala Ali and Ava Duvernay. Previous Denzel collaborators Morgan Freeman, Paula Patton and Joy Bryant were also in attendance.

Check out more photos below then hit the flip for Beyoncé’s tribute to Melina Matsoukas who was also honored at the event.

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47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
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Melina Matsoukas 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
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Cicely Tyson 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
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Joy Bryant 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
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Morgan Freeman 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Paula Patton 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Ava Duvernay 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Paula Patton 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Martin Lawrence 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Chris Tucker and son 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Joy Bryant 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Jay Pharoah 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
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Issa Rae 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Jodie Foster 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Joy Bryant 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Spike Lee 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Tais Araujo 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Morgan Freeman 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Paula Patton 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Paula Patton 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Morgan Freeman wife 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Martin Lawrence wife 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Cara Santana Jesse Metcalfe 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
Mahershala Ali and wife Amatus Karim-Sami 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
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Tais Araujo 47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONORING DENZEL WASHINGTON
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Bangers: Mary J. Blige, Regina King, Laura Harrier And More Stunning Black Queens At The BAFTAs

Danai Gurira British Academy of Film Awards
Danai Gurira British Academy of Film Awards

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Black Excellence Thrives At BAFTAs

My, my, my Danai!!! While many of you may have been tuned in to the Grammy’s Sunday but it wasn’t the only big event in entertainment for the weekend. The British Academy of Film Awards celebrated the big screen achievements of some of our favorite stars… and the Royals were even there!

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Regina King British Academy of Film Awards

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Regina King looked stunning in hot pink.

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Mary J. Blige British Academy of Film Awards

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Mary J. Blige was another of our favorite looks. Check out more photos from the BAFTAs when you continue.

Mahershala Ali Responds To ‘Greenbook’ Backlash After Family Blasts It For Inaccuracies

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28th Annual Producers Guild Awards – Arrivals

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The Actor Has Words For The Real-Life Family Of Dr. Don Shirley

Mahershala Ali had himself a big night at the Golden Globes on Sunday, winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Greenbook. 

The movie has received critical acclaim since it was released last year, however it didn’t come without controversy. First, co-star Viggo Mortenson had a N-word slip-up during a Q&A panel. Then, the family of the man the movie was based on, Dr. Don Shirley, wasn’t too happy with the movie.

The film follows the piano virtuoso as he takes on his 1962 concert tour in the Deep South alongside his Italian bodyguard Tony ‘Lip’ Vallelonga (played by Viggo Mortensen). The real-life family of Shirley criticized many aspects of the film in a talk with Shadow and Act with Shirley’s brother even calling it a “symphony of lies.” Family members asserted that Dr. Shirley and Vallelonga weren’t even “friends” like the movie promoted and the real-life Shirley was against the biopic which was co-written by Vallelonga’s son Nick Vallelonga.

Smh.

Well after Mahershala’s Golden Globe win, he addressed the controversy backstage, according to Page Six:

“I will say this,” Ali said, “My job is always the same: I have to look at what I am doing and be responsible for it.”

He then went on to say that everyone involved with the movie worked hard and he doesn’t want to “throw away” what everyone has done:

“I respect the family…and Doc Shirley,” he said. “I spoke to the studio and the family and at the end of the day you wish everyone was happy and you don’t want to offend anyone in any capacity.”

Mahershala is telling the truth about talking to Shirley’s family. According to Shadow and Act, he called Shirley’s nephew Edwin Shirley III.

Edwin told Shadow and Act, “He called me and my Uncle Maurice in which he apologized profusely if there had been any offense. What he said was, ‘If I have offended you, I am so, so terribly sorry. I did the best I could with the material I had. I was not aware that there were close relatives with whom I could have consulted to add some nuance to the character.’”

Well at least one person in Hollywood has some tact and of course, it’s the Black man.

You can check out more of Mahershala’s post win talk in the clip below.