As an author, host, spokeswoman and model, Malonda Richard communicates with a powerful, natural ability. From 1999-2001, she earned her following as host of BET: Next and Out the Box, music programs showcasing cutting-edge alternative, hip-hop, gospel and R&B artists, including Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Jill Scott and Meshell Ndegeocello. Malonda carried this energy throughout the network, accepting projects thereafter with BET Jazz. Malondas tenure at BET jump-started other television and event projects with CBS, Absolut, and added a number of legendary interviews, tributes, music festivals, videos, shows and commercials to her credits.
Through her many formal dialogues, Malonda has entertained topics of art, music, fashion, beauty, history and politics. In 2003, however, Malondas conversation shifted to an entirely different concept parenting. This precious, life-altering event left Malonda, for once, speechless. Malondas challenges as a single mother were intense, and she spent countless hours gauging the balance of career and family. While refocusing her lifes lens, Malonda was determined to create the best of both worlds.
Today, Malonda is starring in and co-producing an original documentary, affectionately titled, Mamihood: A Reel Life Documentary. An award-winning television producer and highly skilled, NYU-trained multi-media professional, Malonda shares a compelling, first- and one-of-kind, cinematic experience. Not just a film project, Mamihood is a movement that seeks to improve the quality of life for single mothers everywhere, in an effort for them to be and 'breed' their best.
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Hometown: Washington, DC aka Chocolate City
Alma maters: Wilson Senior High, the College of Santa Fe and New York University
Founder: Mami Hood (mamihood.com - a website for single mothers)
Favorite Foods: French Fries and Cupcakes
Favorite Movie: The Matrix
Favorite TV Shows: Girlfriends, The Bernie Mac Show, The King of Queens, Grey's Anatomy, Sex and the City and Brother's and Sisters.
Favorite Gift: My daughter Ameerah
Favorite Person: My Mother
Favorite Escape: A Bath
Favorite Video Games: Galaga (I Rock At Galaga!) and old school Pac Man Ms. Pac Man
Favorite Cities: Washington, DC, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Grand Junction-Colorado, Santa Fe-New Mexico, Provo-Utah, Los Angeles.
Favorite Politicians: Mayor Marion Barry, Shirley Chilsolm, Barack Obama, President Clinton and Hillary Clinton
Favorite Memory: Christmas holidays with my family
Favorite Designers: Jon Berry, Baby Phat and Juicy Couture
Favorite Magazines: Honey, Essence, Upscale, Sister to Sister, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Marie Claire and Lucky.
Favorite Heroes: Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hammer, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Favorite Entertainers: Sammie Davis, Jr., Lucille Ball, Brad Pitt, Laurence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard, Benicio Del Toro and Angela Bassett.
Favorite Talkshow Host:Oprah of course, Ananda and Ryan Seacrest.
Favorite Comedians:Lucille Ball, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Sommore, Bernie Mac, Cedric the Enterainer, Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Todd Lynn, Monique, Adam Sandler and Fran Drescher.
Favorite Performers: Chuck Brown, Marvin Gaye, Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Billie Holiday, India Arie, Musiq Soulchild and Lauryn Hill.
Professional Skills: Author On-Air Host, TV Field Producer, Avid Editor, and Writer-Producer
Celebrity Interviews: Lenny Kravitz, Kina, Kim Fields, Mary J. Blige, Jasmine Guy, Michael Misick (the Prime Minister of Turks and Caicos), Carl Thomas, Bahamadia, Maxwell, Jaheim, Lucy Pearl, Angie Stone, Da Brat, Tank, Toshi Kubota, Cuban Link, Meshell Ndegocello, Kenny Latimore, Lil Kim, Alvaro, Jon B., Slum Village, Olive, Carl Hancock Rux, Mimi So, Alison Williams, Kurupt, Musiq Soulchild, Lil Cease, DJ Premier, Jimmy Cozier, Cheryl "Salt" James, Pru, Bilal, Candi Stanton, No Question, Lina, Eric Benet, Jeffrey Osbourne, BeBe Winans, Brian McKnight and Alicia Keys.
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