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For many of us our admiration for Mahershala Ali started at different times. For me, it was his most recent role as Cottonmouth  in Luke Cage and then later as Jim Johnson in Hidden Figures. For others it might have been his portrayal of Remy in House of Cards or as Juan in Moonlight (the film won over 30 awards in 2016 and 2017, including Best Picture at the Oscars). However you’ve come to love the handsome Oscar-award winning actor, one thing remains very clear, Ali is IT.

Not since Idris Elba has Hollywood fallen in love with a chocolate brotha of this magnitude.  The 43-year-old husband and father of one has landed the cover of three magazines in the first six months of the year. GQ‘s July issue though, whew!

Tinseltown’s love affair with the St. Mary’s College of California graduate reminds us of a still-hot and still very relevant Elba. Let’s take a look at a few things the two have in common.

They cover the hell out a magazine.

They’re both doting fathers. Ali welcomed his first child, Bari, earlier this year.

And let’s just cut to the chase, they are both easy on the eyes, with very little effort.

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While we know the California native and the British born actor are in no real competition, but since Idris revealed that he’s too old for the role, we wouldn’t mind seeing Ali as the first black James Bond.

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