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The 2017 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards happened this past weekend, and with everything going on in the country, speeches given during the event were conscious, carefully crafted messages about hope, tolerance, love and acceptance. Raising the bar in this regard was actor Mahershala Ali, who won for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight.

Mahershala spoke about his experience working on the story of Moonlight, and the beautiful lesson it taught him. And at a time when the country is at exceptional odds, his speech couldn’t be more perfect. Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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