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Life Lessons: Malinda Williams (VIDEO)


Life Lessons:
Malinda Williams

Hey guys! I am EXTREMELY excited to introduce you to a special group of women. As some of you who follow me on Facebook may know, I have been tapped as one of the hosts of a new, original program on Magic Johnson’s Aspire network (check here for local listings). Exhale is a unique talk show featuring views and well, real talk, about issues pertinent to African American women. It features strong women, not only in front of the camera but behind the scenes too; I feel incredibly honored and blessed to work on it.

So I this week I’m introducing you to my co-hosts and the women behind the concept. You’ve already met Issa RaeAngela Burt-Murray and Erin Jackson; today it’s time to say hi to Malinda Williams. Oh, you say you know her? Seen her movie and TV projects? Well, what you know is the tip of the iceberg. Malinda is warm, funny, smart and scrappy; and her talents don’t end once the camera stops rolling. Read more about this lovely lady and don’t forget to catch Exhale, Wednesdays, on Aspire!

Are you happy at the moment?

I am extremely happy. Life is good.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

Everything will be alright. Live life with no stress, worries or regrets.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

That I now know myself better than anyone else on this planet.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

Pay off all debt and live without owing anyone anything.

What’s your secret to happiness?

Not worrying. Staying faithful and knowing that God and The Universe always brings me exactly what I am seeking.

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What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Daily prayers of gratitude for what I currently have.

What’s your biggest regret? 

I have not one.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you wish to be treated.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

I am a procrastinator. I’m getting better though. It’s one thing I am conciously working on now.

Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

My ability to keep getting up and moving forward in spite of anything.

When were you happiest?

When I am with my family all gathered at one of our homes, swimming and enjoying bar-b-cue with the kids.

What ten words best describe you?

Love, nurturing, ambitious, serious, happy, loyal, bossy, outspoken, open, inquisitive.

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 , High School High, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls and First Sunday. Having just completed one of 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 will appear next, alongside Chris Rock, in Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York, which will premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

If you ask this talented actress some of her career goals, she will tell you, I just want to portray African-American women accurately, because that is all I represent; not necessarily positively or negatively, just correctly.  Malinda has also graced the silver screen in the Outkast film, Idlewild (Universal).  Idlewild is Malinda’s first starring role in a major musical production. In this period piece, also starring Big Boi and Andre 3000, Malinda portrays Zora, the wife of Rooster (Big Boi).

Best known for her role as “Bird” on the hit television series SoulFood, this busy mom always finds time to mentor young women and work with non- profit organizations such as Black Girls Rock!, Take Wings and Chrysalis Foundations. An extremely passionate motivational speaker, Malinda’s words on leadership, self-esteem and self-motivation leave no doubts as to why success continually finds it’s way to her door.



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