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This Week In Black History pt.3: Mahershala Ali

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Salisbury chapter.

History was indeed made last night when actor Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor at the 89th  Oscars. Ali is the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award.

Ali, whose full name is Mahershalalhashbaz, was born on February 16, 1974. Ali was raised in Hayward, California. Ali’s mother was an ordained minister while his father appeared in Broadway. Ali attended St. Mary’s College of California where he earned his degree in mass communications.

In 2000, Ali earned his master’s at New York University’s graduate acting program as he developed a keen eye for acting.

Ali received his first role as Richard Tyler in science-fiction series The 4400.

Many have known Ali as Remy Denton in the Netflix Original Series House of Cards and Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in Luke Cage.

In 2016, Ali played Juan, a Cuban immigrant Miami drug dealer in the Oscar Winning Motion Picture Moonlight.

February has also been good to Ali. Aside from winning his very first Oscar, Ali and his wife, Amatus-Sami Karim, welcomed their first child together, Bari Najma.

Stephanie Chisley is an outgoing go-getter. Originally, Stephanie is from Oxon Hill, MD. She is currently a student at Salisbury University where she is studying Communication Arts with a track in journalism and public relations and a minor in Theater. While attending Salisbury University, Stephanie currently holds an executive board position as the secretary for Salisbury's Society of Professional Journalists . Stephanie plans on becoming an anchor for E! News or a writer, radio host, and announcer for BuzzFeed. In her free time, Stephanie is always on her phone scanning through social media, communicating with her friends, and finding new places to eat near her area.