Congratulations are in order for actress Malinda Williams!
The 43-year-old Soul Food and The Wood star announced on Wednesday that she’s engaged to be married to journalist and digital media specialist Tariq M. Walker. Funny enough, Wednesday, March 20 actually marks National Proposal Day, so it was the perfect day to share the good news as Williams is an ambassador for the holiday.
“Yes, we are engaged and we couldn’t be more happy about spending our lives together,” she said in a statement. “To be honest from the moment we realized we were made for each other, we also recognized the impact we had on one another’s desire to be better individuals, and inspired the best in each other. That is where ‘we said yes’ came in. We said yes to encouraging each other to reach higher and deeper for greater.”
The couple did a photo shoot, which you can find on their Instagram pages, to celebrate the announcement. You can also check out her InstaStory to see behind-the-scenes video of that shoot.
The couple have also launched a website for couples who are travel enthusiasts called This Is Leaving, or ThisIsLeaving.com. And if that weren’t enough, they’re also using this day to launch a tribute to Black love called “3 Icons of Love.” It will be a photo series where Williams and Walker transform into their favorite couples, recreating popular images of the pairs. Those couples (both real and some fictional ones, too) include President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz and more. The photos will be released on March 21, the 22nd and the 23rd.
This is Williams’ third trip down the aisle. She was previously married to DJ D-Nice and fellow High School High actor Mekhi Phifer, with whom she shares a son.
Next up for the actress, she’s taking part in a documentary for REVOLT called Anatomy of a Queen. The project features well-known women of color (from actresses to political commentators, dancers and more) talking about women who are making history. It premieres at 10 p.m. on the cable network and is set to air on Monday nights for the rest of Women’s History Month.
To see more of her ring and her man, check out Williams’ Instagram, as well as ThisIsLeaving.com.
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