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.
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).
Malinda’s other notable leading role film credits include: The Wood (MTV /Paramount), High School High (Tri-Star), and An Invited Guest which won the “Best of Show” at the Acapulco Black Film Festival and the “Audience Award” at the Urban World Festival in New York. She also starred in Dancing in September (HBO), Sunset Park (Columbia/Tri- Star) and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (New Line). Malinda’s guest starring television credits include: CBS’s The District, Law and Order: SVU and NYPD Blue (ABC).
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.
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