I am a daughter, sister, aunt, motheR and overall Creative Being born as Malonda Richard. I was born in Chocolate City in the best decade of the 21st century to a beautiful woman who rocked the flyest Afro in the universe and from an early age I wanted to rock an afro just like hers.
– OFFICIAL BIO
Graced with a youthful fresh face and a kinky mini Afro, Malonda reflects the confidence, humility and determination of a community superstar. Malonda’s dynamic personality illuminates on camera, catching hold of those who crave intellect, creativity and style. With such a spirited presence, Malonda looks at life through a magical lens, and invites the world to capture its full essence in one woman’s take.
As host, blogger, author, model, photographer and aspiring filmmaker, Malonda communicates with a powerful, natural ability. She earned her following as former host of BET: Next and Out the Box, music programs showcasing cutting-edge alternative, hip-hop, gospel and R&B artists, from 1999-2001.
Malonda carried this energy throughout the network, accepting projects thereafter with BET Jazz. Malonda’s tenure at BET jump-started other television and event projects with HBO, CBS, Absolut, and added a number of legendary interviews, tributes, music festivals, videos, shows, magazines, books and commercials to her credits.
As a model, Malonda has a look of certainty in every photograph. She radiates a calm, convinced disposition that has created winning pitches for clients like Independence Bank, celebrity hairstylist Diane DaCosta, various Black hair magazines, Khamit Kinks Salon and COCOACHiC. Malonda’s face is featured online, and in books and magazines.
Through her many formal dialogues, Malonda has entertained topics of art, music, fashion, beauty, and now – conscious eating. More than a pretty face, Malonda extends passion, creativity and proven skill to both sides of the camera.
Her integrity and vision appeal not just to black entertainment and pop culture, but the world at large. As a TV personality, artist, mother and blogger, it’s only a matter of time before the tables are turned, and this time, everyone will be talking about Malonda.
AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- NEW YORK FESTIVALS BRONZE MEDAL (CINEMAX BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROMO)
- NAACP AWARD - TEEN SUMMIT (BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION)
- LEW WASSERMAN AWARD SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT (NYU)
- PAULETTE GODDARD AWARD SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT (NYU)
MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - NEW YORK UNIVERSITY - NEW YORK, NEW YORK
BACHELOR OF ARTS, MOVING IMAGE ARTS
THE COLLEGE OF SANTA FE - SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
- BEYOND BLACK & WHITE: BLACK AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL CURATOR AND PRODUCER (CSF, SANTA FE-NM)
- SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEE
- SONY VIDEO GRANT RECIPIENT (CSF)
- MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD (CSF)