Apart from her work as an actress, Amatus Sami-Karim is a composer, musician and performative conceptual artist best recognized as the wife of Mahershala Ali – an Academy Award-winning actor. The multitalented artist has worked in several mediums which include film, music, as well as theater and her major focus, are themes relating to history, identity, and culture.
She released her first EP titled Broken Compass in March 2014. Amatus Sami-Karim has made musical contributions to documentary movies like the 2009 New Muslim Cool as well as Daisy and Max which is the most recent one. Her acting credits include short movies like Jasmine, and Girl’s Time. Mahershala Ali’s wife was a nominee for Drama Desk Awards in 2018.
Amatus Sami-Karim’s Life Before She Became Famous as Mahershala Ali’s Wife
Her exact date of birth may not be known but it is public knowledge that she was born into an Islamic family. Her dad works as a jazz musician and also functions as an imam at a Southside of Chicago mosque where Amatus Sami-Karim spent a better part of her formative years. However, when her parent’s marriage hit the rocks, she went to live with her mum who earns a living as a social worker.
Amatus Sami-Karim showed interest in several forms of arts during her growing up years which later took her to Tisch School of Arts in New York. Upon graduation, she joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts located in London.
Sadly, the actresses’ early life was fraught with a lot of heartbreaking incidents, within a space of 4 years, she lost several of her loved ones which include her brother, roommate as well as cousin to numerous gun violence incidents that happened separately. Amatus Sami-Karim, however, remained strong and courageous, channeling her pain into building a successful career which allowed the singer to give voice to her life experience which can be best described as complex.
1. She met her husband Mahershala Ali at Tisch School of Arts
Amatus Sami-Karim and her equally famous actor husband Mahershala Ali first met as at Tisch School of Arts in New York where they were both studying. They became friends after being introduced by a mutual friend and before long, love bloomed between them. Their official dating period lasted for a very long time before they exchanged marriage vows in 2013. The couple’s union has been blessed by the birth of their daughter Bari Najma Ali who joined the family on the 24th of February 2017.
2. Amatus Sami-Karim influenced her husband Mahershala Ali into becoming a Muslim
According to People magazine, Amatus Sami-Karim’s husband became a Muslim over 2 decades ago after he visited a mosque with Sami-Karim and her mum. The report was made after Mahershala Ali’s advocating speech on love and acceptance at the ‘Screen Actors Guild’ award in January 2017. Ali revealed that after many weeks following his visit to the mosque, with his then-girlfriend, he was compelled to convert as the prayers he heard continued to resonate within his body.
Even being the offspring of a Christian minister did not deter him from changing his last name to a Muslim name, after which he became part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Ali is always quick to show his love for his wife, often calling her a strong and independent woman. He also gives her credit for her spiritual life which he describes as grounded
3. Her height is average
The details of Amatus Sami-Karim’s general body statistics have never been published, however, it is immediately apparent that the actress is of average height – she stands at 5 feet 6 inches tall.
4. She has had notable Collaborations
With her multifaceted career, the popular artist has had several on-project-collaborations with recording artists like Meshell Ndegeocello, Jneiro Jarel as well as Roy Hargrove – the deceased Grammy-award-winning jazz trumpeter. Amatus Sami-Karim’s resume boasts of top-notch clients like Rooftop Films, Pepsi, The Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 651 Arts, and many more.
5. Her Social Media life is quiet
The celebrated artist leads a sublime life as evidenced by her social media accounts, notable among which is Instagram, where she is known for posting loads of photos alongside her husband. Their joint pictures are clear evidence of their love, mutual appreciation as well as respect for each other. Ali in his tribute to his wife on her 2018 birthday posted a photo of themselves where Sami-Karim was kissing him while looking into the camera, the caption read – Aquarius HBD, signed with a heart emoji.
6. Amatus Sami-Karim’s Net Worth
The multi-talented actress’ net worth is not known but she has been earning handsomely since the inception of her career in entertainment. On the other hand, her husband Mahershala has amassed wealth estimated in excess of $2 million.