Mahershala Ali Covers GQ Magazine

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Academy-award winner Mahershala Ali candidly opened up about being racially profiled and American politics in a recent interview with GQ. Maheshala shares how his Islamic faith makes him a better actor.  He converted to Islam in 1999, after attending a mosque with his future wife. His faith, he says, has helped him become a better actor: “It benefits me from the standpoint of really creating empathy for these characters that I try to embody, other human beings with issues as deep and personal as my own. Because of Islam, I am acutely aware that I am a work in progress.” The daily practice of the religion, he says, “puts a healthy pressure on you to be your best self, beginning with your own spirit and how that feeds into your actions.”

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