Congratulations to Mahershala Ali and wife Amatus Sami-Karim on the birth of their first child, Bari, earlier this week. The Moonlight actor took to Instagram to announce his newborn’s arrival.

“Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali 2/22/17 #pisces,” Mahershala wrote. The celebrity father also shared a precious photo of Amatus snuggling Bari that earned many nods. “Congratulations to you and Amatus,” one fan wrote. “What a blessing.”


Mahershala told the press that he was looking forward to “having a new teacher” during a red carpet interview at the SAG Awards a few weeks ago. “Kids teach. They’re the truth. I’m ready to learn my lessons and learn them well, and I hope I have something to teach our child.”

The Moonlight star assured fans that he and Amatus were planning to give their child a simple name prior to Bari’s birth. “My wife’s name is Amatus [Sami-Karim] … But we’re going to do something a little bit simpler for our child,” he revealed. Mahershala went on to explain the meaning behind his name.

“Mahershalalhashbaz was the prophet Isaiah’s – it’s in the book of Isaiah – the prophet Isaiah’s second son,” Ali said. “It’s a symbolic name so he didn’t actually have to live through life with that name … but I have to live through life with that name.”

Bari is Mahershala Ali and Amatus Sami-Karim’s first child.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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