Malinda Williams


Born December 3, 1975, in Elizabeth, NJ; married Mekhi Phifer, an actor, 1999 (divorced 2003); children: one son. Education: Studied at Actors Conservatory, New York.

Career: Actor, 1987–; Modern Goddess, lingerie line, 2006.

Awards: Two NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, 2003 and 2004 (for Soul Food); Black Reel Award nomination for Best Actress, 2000 (for The Wood).

Williams’s prospects looked strong as she looked to new opportunities after Soul Food ended. On the personal front, she began dating again and took up snowboarding. “If I’m having a funky day, I’m like, ‘oooh, I need to go ride,'” she told Pendleton. It’s sort of a metaphor for life.” Acting projects for Will-iams included the film Idlewild, an ambitious Prohibition-era musical that was finished and was released in 2006. That year Williams branched out beyond acting to launch a line of lingerie and intimate accessories called Modern Goddess. With a solid footing in Hollywood and her new venture, Williams would likely continue to prosper.

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