|Alma mater||The New School|
|Occupation||Actor, musician, director, writer|
|Home town||Harlem, New York|
Before acting, Shakir was a barber. Although born in North Carolina, he grew up in Harlem and attended a local theater reading, where he was picked up. Afterwards, he was hooked up with various acting groups. He attended The New School and graduated in 2001. Shakir earned one of the lead roles in the short lived Quarry and made a guest appearance on Timeless. He had previously auditioned for the roles of Black Lightning in the eponymous television show and M'Baku in Black Panther, but failed to acquire either role. He was cast as John McIver/Bushmaster, in the second season of Luke Cage.
The actors that Shakir most admires are Viola Davis and Morgan Freeman. Shakir is also an avid comic book fan and has expressed interest in playing Blade or Spawn. Along with acting he is a poet, musician, and a strict vegan.
|2001||Down to Earth||Doorman||Uncredited|
|2003||Marci X||Engine Trouble|
|2013||Untitled Symphony||N/A||Director, writer and producer|
|2013||The Dark Side of the Earth||Gibson||Short, also writer|
|2013||Stand By||Alpha Zombie||Short|
|2016||Driving While Black||Malik|
|2017||Let Them Die Like Lovers||Marko||Short|
|2017||Fight Your Way Out||Damani Latimore|
|2017||Brawl in Cell Block 99||Andre|
|2018||The Pretenders||Mr. Stanish|
|1996||New York Undercover||Ronald Taylor||Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"|
|1999||Wasteland||Bouncer / Ron||Episodes: "Best Laid Plans", "Double Date"|
|2001, 2004||Law & Order||Mike / Preston Hubbard||Episodes: "3 Dawg Night", "Gunplay"|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||Bert||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2005||Wanted||Simeon Rivers||Episode: "Judas"|
|2006||Girlfriends||Javon Dennis||4 episodes|
|2007||Cold Case||Akon Dupree '07||Episode: "It Takes a Village"|
|2008||Numb3rs||Crew Member #1||Episode: "Pay to Play"|
|2011||Harry's Law||Bull||Episode: "A Day in the Life"|
|2012||The Frontier||Armand Rossignol||TV Pilot|
|2013||Shameless||D'Andre||Episode: "Cascading Failures"|
|2014||NCIS: Los Angeles||Guard 1||Episode: "Tuhon"|
|2015||Mighty Med||Ambusher||Episode: "Less Than Hero"|
|2016||Underground||Edwin||Episode: "The Macon 7"|
|2016||The Night Of||Victor||4 episodes|
|2016||Timeless||Gregory Hayes||Episode: "The Watergate Tape"|
|2017||NCIS: New Orleans||Jack Gordon||Episode: "End of the Line"|
|2017–2019||The Deuce||Big Mike||Recurring|
|2018||Luke Cage||John "Bushmaster" McIver||Main cast (Season 2)|
|2019||American Gods||Baron Samedi||1 episode|
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