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Riz Ahmed became the first actor of South Asian descent and the first Muslim to win an Emmy last year when he picked up the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series for his starring role in the HBO drama, “The Night Of.” In the new Marvel movie “Venom,” he plays the villainous Carlton Drake opposite Tom Hardy’s titular anti-hero. Off the big screen, Ahmed uses his unique platform to bring attention to issues, from the lack of minority representation on TV to Islamophobia and racism. He’s also an old schoolmate of Mehdi Hasan’s, and this week on Deconstructed the two discuss their complex identities and the difficulty of being the only Muslim in the room.

Deconstructed will be putting on a live show on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Union Building in downtown Washington, D.C., with special guests Sen. Jeff Merkley, Our Revolution President Nina Turner, Rep. Ro Khanna, and CNN analyst Symone Sanders. To purchase tickets, click here.

Transcript coming soon.