Mahershala Ali won the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal of a drug dealer in coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” — becoming the first Muslim film star to pick up a golden statuette.
Eventnews Africa presents you with things about the Hollywood heavily-backed favorite.
1 Mahershala Ali was born on February, 16, 1974 in Oakland, California.
2 He was raised Christian by his mother who was an ordained minister.
3 He attended St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in mass communication.
4 Though Ali entered SMC with a basketball scholarship, he became disenchanted with the idea of a sports career because of the treatment given to the team’s athletes.
5 Following a sabbatical year where Ali worked for Gavin Report, he enrolled in New York University’s graduate acting program, earning his master’s degree in 2000.
6 Ali converted to Islam in 2009.
7 He is married to Amatus Sami-Karim and they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Bari Najma, February 22, 2017.