Malinda Williams, an esteemed Hollywood sweetheart, stars in two highly anticipated projects this year. In the exciting new television drama, "Windfall" (NBC), Malinda portrays Kimberly George, a 22 year-old single mother whose luck finds her winning the $386 Million dollar lottery and leaving her life in the trailer park behind.

 Additionally, Malinda will grace the silver screen in the eagerly anticipated film, " Idlewild" (Universal). "Idlewild" will be Malinda's first starring role in a major musical production. In this period piece, also starring Outkast members Big Boi and Andre 3000, Malinda will portray Zora, the wife of "Rooster" (Big Boi).


  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."

If this beautiful actress's face seems familiar, it may be because she spent five years portraying Tracey "Bird" Van Adams, a beauty salon owner and struggling entrepreneur on Showtime's ground-breaking, history making series " Soul Food ." Malinda has worked consistently in a business where many careers are short-lived. Her versatile talents and distinctive beauty have led her to a list of admirable credits.

In 2003 and 2004 she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for "Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series", and in 2002, 2003 and 2004 the series received the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Drama Series" with yet another nomination in 2004.

Malinda's leading role film credits include: The Wood (MTV /Paramount), High School High (TriStar), and An Invited Guest which won the Best of Show at the 1999 Acapulco Black Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 1999 Urban World Festival in New York. She also starred in Dancing in September (HBO). Other film credits include: Sunset Park (Columbia/TriStar) 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 ABC's NYPD Blue.

Having the ability to portray characters ranging from a sophisticated beauty salon owner, to a mentally challenged teenager, has branded Malinda Williams one of Hollywood's most well-respected actresses.



Before acting, McCoy began her career as a model doing fashion shows in churches and high schools in her native Chicago, Illinois. She launched two fashion lines in 2005, Luxe & Romance, a lingerie line that was introduced during New York's Fashion Week, and Xraye, her new jeans line for women.
In addition to her acting career she is a businesswoman having come from a family in the hospitality and banking industries in Chicago. Soon she will be breaking ground on a group home for teenagers in her home town of Chicago called "Raye of Sunshine".

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