Congratulations are in order for Moonlight star Mahershala Ali and his wife Amatus Sami-Karim — the lovely couple have welcomed their first child together. Born on Feb. 22, just days before Ali’s first Academy Award run for his captivating performance in one of the year’s most talked about films, baby Bari Najma Ali is making the papa shine with pride.

Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali 2/22/17 #pisces ✨

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The 43-year-old and Sami-Karim tied the knot in 2013 after having met as students at NYU in 2000. During the hectic awards season, Sami-Karim has been by her husband’s side.
“Having a child is the polar opposite experience of the awards season experience,” he told Associated Press. “Having a child requires you to nest, to be in your home, and to create and make your home and environment that is one that is potentially very welcoming and nurturing for a child…The pregnancy has been a real anchor for me to be able to check in.” We’re so happy for the new parents!

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