Who is Amatus Sami-Karim? Insight on her happily married life with Mahershala Ali!
Amatus Sami-Karim is an actress and producer. She produced the documentary We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest. Similarly, Amatus has acted in Jasmin, The Last Two Lovers at the End of the World, Girl’s Time, Rhythm of the Saints, and The Ice People.
Also, Amatus is a performative and conceptual artist. She has composed an EP Sunset Baby and recently designed sound and music for the off-Broadway play The Homecoming Queen. She is a women’s rights activist. Likewise, she promotes rights for minorities, gun control, and voting rights, among others, on her social media.
Early life of Amatus Sami-Karim
Amatus Sami-Karim was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She grew up in her father’s mosque in Chicago. Her father’s mosque was across the Cabrini Green Projects. She is born in an Islamic family on the Southside of Chicago. Her father is a jazz musician and Imam. Her mother is a social worker. Also, her parents were divorced so she lived in Philidelphia with her mother.
Since childhood, she was interested in different forms of arts. Karim attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York. Likewise, Amatus was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She studied acting there.
Couples Amatus Sami-Karim and Mahershala Ali’s married life
Amatus Sami-Karim met Mahershala Ali at Tisch School of Arts in New York. Both of them were studying there at the time. They were introduced to each other by a mutual friend and they started dating soon after. Mahershala said,
“She and I have known each other for a really long time [about] 17 years. So, at this point, she’s seen a big shift in things, but at the same time, she’ll ground me real quick if I start feeling myself a little too much. She’s very real, like, seriously.”
Karim inspired him to convert to Islam by bringing him to a mosque to attend a prayer service along with her mother. They walked down the aisle on 27th June 2013. She is very supportive of Mahershala and pushed him when he is feeling down. He said,
“My wife, she’ll always kind of push it a little bit…She got me these pants that had big, horizontal grey and black stripes. And I was like, ‘You know, I just feel like I’m a little too old for those now.’ They felt like I should be 19 in those, but she’s got good taste.”
On 24th February 2017, they welcomed their daughter Bari Najma Ali. Karim was pregnant during the awards season and gave birth to their baby daughter four days before Mahershala won an Oscar. They are living a happily married life.
Short bio on Mahershala Ali
Mahershala is an American actor and rapper who is a recipient of several awards, including two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. He set the record in Hollywood as the first Muslim actor to earn an Oscar following his role in Moonlight.
His star status has experienced a meteoric rise over the years with roles in House of Cards, The Hunger Games, Luke Cage, and Hidden Figures. Read more bio…