Who is Clifton Powell Jr.? What to know about Sasha Obama’s new boyfriend!
Sasha Obama has a new man in her life, and we already can’t get enough of this cute couple.
The 20 year old daughter of former President Barack Obama was recently pictured getting cozy with Clifton Powell Jr., the 24-year-old son of Ray star Clifton Powell.
Now, Page Six is breaking down everything you need to know about the man who’s seemingly stolen Sasha’s heart.
He’s the son of a famous actor
In addition to Ray, Powell Jr.’s father has appeared in films like Menace II Society, Dead Presidents and Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
Powell Sr. and wife Kimberly welcomed their son on May 23, 1997. He was raised in Los Angeles Latera Heights neighborhood and attended Village Christian High School a private institution that charges $28,340 a year in tuition.
The proud father posted a sweet tribute on his son’s 24th birthday last May, writing, 24 yrs ago You came into the world son and you changed my life and to this day you still bring ZooBoo much Joy to Me and to All that you touch I’m soooooo Proud of You Young Man Enjoy this Special Day God gave to You.
He received a basketball scholarship
Upon graduating high school, Powell Jr. was awarded a four-year basketball scholarship to the University of California at Santa Barbara.
However, he transferred out of the university less than one year later to concentrate on a different subject: film.
Powell Jr. had written in his freshman basketball bio that he wanted to pursue a career as a broadcaster. The short bio also revealed that his favorite movie is Straight Outtalk Compton, while his top TV show is Scandal.
The couple met in California
Powell Jr. reportedly met Sasha sometime after she transferred to the University of Southern California in the fall of 2021. She previously studied at the University of Michigan for two years.
They were photographed for the first time together earlier this week, but it’s unclear when exactly they met or began hanging out.
Paparazzi shots showed Sasha and her 6-foot-5 beau smiling at each other as they went for a walk. She kept it casual in a maxi skirt, crop top and Birkenstock clogs, while Powell Jr. matched her energy in jeans, a tee and a baseball hat.
He now works in the film industry
Powell Jr. made his leap into the narrative writing world after graduating college, his website states, and he now works as a commercial director.
Finding an extended passion in directing and visual storytelling, he continued to work at the craft of directing and was quickly thrown into the fire, which forced him to adjust and learn fast, the bio on his website continues.
According to a reel, Powell Jr. has already created video content for brands like Peloton and Nike, along with a project his dad was also involved in.
He’s already on good terms with Sasha’s parents
It seems Powell Jr. already has the stamp of approval from the Obamas! Family matriarch Michelle Obama was actually the one who spilled the tea about Sasha having a boyfriend.
Malia and Sasha loved the Jonas Brothers. Now they are bringing grown men home, the former first lady, 58, said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Before it was just, like, pop bands. Now they have boyfriends and real lives.
The couple’s eldest daughter, Malia, 23, has been dating her Harvard-educated boyfriend, Rory Farquharson, since they met in 2017.