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Mahershala Ali took home tonight’s SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” for his work in Moonlight, but it’s his acceptance speech that had Twitter weeping. The talented actor discussed his role in the film, using it as an opportunity to connect it with today’s volatile political climate.

“What I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is you see what happens when you persecute people: they fold into themselves,” an emotion Ali stated. “What I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was playing a gentlemen 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 that he’s OK and accept him and I hope that we do a better job of that,” he continued to a rapturous applause.

The actor then used his closing moments to recount his decision to convert to Islam some 17 years ago. “My mother is an ordained [Christian] minister, I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her that I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, we put things to side and I’m able to see her and she’s able to see me. We love each other and the love has grown. The other stuff is minutiae, it’s not that important.”

Reaction on Twitter to Ali’s anecdote was all positive, particularly in the face of the partial-Muslim ban put in place by the Trump administration this weekend. Check out some of the tweets blow regarding the actor’s moving speech.

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Finally! Taraji P. Henson Confirms Relationship With NFL Baller Kelvin Hayden



Taraji is finally letting the world know what it already knew – she’s in a relationship with NFL cornerback Kelvin Hayden. Henson dished the (cold) tea while on Essence’s Yes, Girl! podcast saying that the reason she kept it a secret was because she’s a private person.

“I’m not the type to blast my personal business. But, you know, I think that’s important for people to know. I’m happy. I’m very very happy. I just am,” the “Empire” actress shared.

Rumors first circulated in December 2015 about Henson and 34-year-old Hayden, who played for the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts, after photos surfaced of the pair holding hands in Miami. Though Hayden has appeared on her Instagram feed, the Golden Globe winner never confirmed the intimate details until now.

“You know, we’ve been together for two years. No one would really know that because I don’t really blast my info like that. But I’m very happy,” she said.

Taraji girl we could tell. The Hidden Figures actress even broke out singing, “Finally! It has happened to me,”—quoting the CeCe Peniston‘s song “Finally.”

Henson also revealed the couple will be celebrating the holidays together with the new puppy Hayden gifted her with as an early Christmas present.

“Big #KBall with Lil squirt #KBall watching daddy brush his teeth! 😩😂😂😂,” she wrote, teasing a photo of her boo and new pup.

And speaking of Christmas, in case you missed it Taraji hosted her “White Hot Holidays” special on Fox Wednesday night. Peep the clips of Henson having some fun with her celebrity guests including Method Man, DJ Khaled, Neicy Nash, Salt-N-Pepa and The Ying Yang Twins.

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