Mahershala Ali Curates Apple Music Playlist For Black History Month

The Academy Award winner shares some of the tunes that inspire his acting performances.

(AllHipHop News) It's been a big week for Mahershala Ali. The actor's True Detective series on HBO aired its season finale on February 24. Plus, he won his second Oscar on that same day for his portrayal of Don Shirley in Green Book.

Ali also worked with Apple Music to curate a special Black History Month playlist. Songs by Marvin Gaye, The Roots, J Dilla, Mos Def, Nas, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, and more music acts were added to the collection.

“One of the gifts in acting is that I’m required to embrace the lives of other men. It’s always a Black man challenging me to tell his story with empathy absent of judgement,” stated Ali. “These songs have inspired qualities in several characters during my exploration of the diverse and beautifully complex Black identity.” 

Besides True Detective and Green Book, the 45-year-old New York University-trained thespian also starred in productions such as House of Cards, Marvel's Luke Cage, and Hidden Figures. Ali won his first Academy Award in 2017 for his supporting role in Moonlight.

Tracee Ellis Ross, John David Washington, Ava DeVernay, Lena Waithe, Virgil Abloh, Victor Cruz, Tyler Mitchell, Ibtihaj Muhammed, Andre Drummond, Kemba Walker, and other celebrities have also curated Apple Music playlists. Hip Hop artist Young M.A put together her own Black History Month playlist as well.


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