Sasheer Zamata

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Zamata in 2015, photo by vonora/

Birth Name: Sasheer Zamata Moore

Place of Birth: Okinawa, Japan

Date of Birth: May 6, 1986

Ethnicity: African-American

Sasheer Zamata is an American actress and comedian. She was a cast member on the show Saturday Night Live.

Sasheer was born in Okinawa, Japan, to American parents, who are African-American. Her mother, Ivory (Steward), was one of the first children to integrate a public school in Forest City, Arkansas, in 1965. Sasheer’s family traveled often due to her father’s military career. She has lived in many U.S. places, including Indianapolis, Indiana.

She has said that she was named Sahsheer after an alien flower-like crystal, the Sahsheer, in the Star Trek episode “By Any Other Name.”

Sasheer’s maternal grandfather was Robert Lee Steward, Jr. (the son of Robert Lee Steward and Lottie Blount). Sasheer’s grandfather Robert was born in Arkansas. Sasheer’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Bailey Steward and Martha Ann Brown.

Sasheer’s maternal grandmother was Maurice LaBlance Mahon (the daughter of Leroy Washington Stenthouse, later Mahon, and of Caroline Angeline Hobson). Maurice was born in Arkansas. Leroy was the son of Henry Stenthouse/Stenhouse and Vina. He likely was born into slavery, in South Carolina; and founded the small town of Fargo, Arkansas, in 1911.

Source: Genealogy of Sasheer Zamata (focusing on her mother’s side) –

1 Response

  1. fuzzybear44 says:

    When did snl hire her

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