Monday, January 30, 2017

Mahershala Ali's Acceptance Speech At The 2017 SAG Awards (with video)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about the American actor Mahershala Ali and showcases a video and transcription of his acceptance speech at the 2017 SAG awards.

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Thanks to Mahershala Ali for his meaningful comments. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks for the publisher of this video.

"Maher-shalal-hash-baz (/ˌmeɪhər ʃælæl ˈhæʃ bɑːz/;[1] Hebrew: מַהֵר שָׁלָל חָשׁ בַּז‎‎- "Hurry to the spoils!" or "He has made haste to the plunder!" - was the second mentioned prophetic-name child in Isaiah chapter 7-9.[2]
And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bore a son. {S} Then said the LORD unto me: 'Call his name Maher-shalal-hashbaz'
— Isaiah 8:3[3]

The prophet Isaiah's first son Shearjashub is mentioned only once in Isaiah 7:3. Commentators, Jewish and Christian, traditionally note that this first son's name is also prophetic - meaning "the remnant shall return" - but no account of why, when or how this son was named is given in the Book of Isaiah.
The child Maher-shalal-hash-baz is the second prophetic-name child after the birth of Immanuel - traditionally understood as the son of Abi the bride of king Ahaz, i.e., the future king Hezekiah, by many Jewish commentators, or of another woman. The name Maher-shalal-hash-baz is a reference to the impending plunder of Samaria and Damascus by the king of Assyria, Tiglath-Pileser III (734-732 BCE).

This is often counted the longest name (and word) used in the Bible, though a possible longer name-phrase in Isaiah is found in Isaiah 9:6 "called Pele-joez-el-gibbor-abi-ad-sar-shalom"[4][5]."...

SHOWCASE VIDEO: Mahershala Ali Acceptance Speech | 23rd SAG Awards

SAG Awards, Published on Jan 29, 2017

"Mahershala Ali made an emotional and stirring speech at the SAG Awards this evening, opening up about his personal history as he called for more tolerance in the wake of Donald Trump's Muslim ban.

Ali, who accepted the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Moonlight, was raised Christian by his mother, an ordained minister, before converting to Islam in 2000.

"I think what I've learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when we persecute people," Ali began. "They fold into themselves, and what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play [his Moonlight character] Juan was playing a gentleman. Who saw a young man folding into himself as the result of the persecution of his community, and taking the opportunity to uplift him, tell him that he mattered, that he was okay, accept him and I hope that we do a better job of that.

"When we get caught up in the minutiae, the details that make us all different, there's two ways of seeing that. You can see the texture of that person, the qualities that make them unique, or you can go to war about it, say, 'That person is different from me, I don't like you, so let's battle.' My mother is an ordained minister, I'm a Muslim. She didn't do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, we put things to the side, I'm able to see her, she's able to see me, we love each other, the love has grown. That stuff is minutiae. It's not that important."
*This transcription doesn't include Ali's thanks to those he worked with on the Moonlight movie.
Ali ended with "Thank you". "Peace and blessings be upon you."

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    "...At Sunday night’s SAG Awards, [model Chrissy] Teigen’s husband John Legend slammed Trump’s immigration ban while presenting a clip from “La La Land.”

    “Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers, and those of us who work in this business have the privilege of shaping how the rest of the world perceives this country we love,” he said, urging those in the room to continue fighting injustice. “We are the voice, we are the face of America. Our America is big, it is free, and it is open to dreamers of all races, all countries, all religions. Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. I want to specifically, tonight, reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that.”

    Legend wasn’t the only star to speak up at the SAG Awards: Ashton Kutcher* and Mahershala Ali did as well, among others."
    Click for an article about actor's Ashton Kutcher's SAG award comments.

    Also, click for actress Taraji P. Henson's comments about unity at the 2017 SAG award event.