In 1999, Malinda got married to Mekhi Phifer. Mekhi Phifer is also an actor and he is famous for portraying the role of Dr. Greg Pratt on NBC's long-running medical drama ER. The husband and wife-couple are parents to a child together. They got divorced in 2003.
On 23rd of August 2008, Malinda tied the knot with D-Nice. D-Nice is an American DJ. He is also famous for being a beatboxer, rapper, and a producer. They were together in this married life for about two years and they got divorced on 14th of June 2010. Her nationality is American and she is of black ethnicity.
At a young age, Malinda moved to Westfield, New Jersey with her parents and there she got enrolled at Westfield High School. She also completed her high school graduation from there. She also joined Union County College to pursue her higher education. She has been pursuing her acting career since the late 1980s. In 1987, she was seen in an American television sitcom The Cosby Show where she played the role of Althea Logan.
In 1990, she starred the role of Lynette in an American television crime drama series Miami Vice. In 1993, she appeared in the TV movie Laurel Avenue. Three years later, she was seen in movies like A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Sunset Park and High School High. With the turn of 21st century, she rose to fame after she began portraying the role of Tracy "Bird" Van Adams in a television drama Soul Food. She is also critically acclaimed for her role of Casandra in the movie The Undershepherd. Lately, she appeared in a TV movie, "Merry Christmas, Baby", in which she portrayed the role of Marci Jewel.
Her net worth is $2.5 million dollars as of 2017-18.