Armed with a license in cosmetology and a few small acting roles, Malinda Williams left her home state of New Jersey and ambitiously set her sights on Hollywood. Originally intent on servicing the entertainment industry by opening her own hair salon, Malinda quickly found her beauty industry career giving way to her undeniable acting talent.
Twice nominated for an NAACP Image Award for "outstanding actress in a drama series", the determined young beauty made a name for herself, grabbing lead roles in films such as “The Wood “(MTV/Paramount), “High School High” (Tri-Star) and “An Uninvited Guest”, which won best of show at the “Acapulco Black Film Festival” and the audience award at the “Urban World Festival in New York”. Malinda also starred in “Dancing in September”, Sunset Park and “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.” Some of her guest- starring television credits include “Law and Order: SVU” and “NYPD BLUE”.
In 2014 Malinda will resume production on a second season of Aspire’s “Exhale” talk series, where she serves as one of the hosts. She recently starred in and executive produced her first television movie “Marry Me for Christmas” for UPtv and Aspire networks (which airs December 14th and 15th of 2013). Malinda also completed four film projects in 2011 which include “Percentage” with Ving Rhames and Macy Gray, Russ Parr’s “The Undershephard” and
GMC’s “A Cross to Bear”, Malinda also appears alongside Julie Delpy and Chris Rock in “2 Days in New York”. This busy mom still finds time to mentor and work with non-profit organizations such as Black Girls Rock!, Take Wings and Chrysalis Foundations.
Having the ability to portray characters ranging from a sophisticated young entrepreneur, to a mentally challenged teenager, has branded Malinda Williams one of the entertainment industry's most well respected actresses.
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Mane Taming with Malinda Williams Episode 21