By Taroue Brooks
Film and television actress Malinda Williams and her husband journalist and digital media executive, Tariq Walker, are featured on the latest cover of Black Bride magazine. During the interview, the couple discussed their mutual admiration for each other, and their new business venture designed to help others fall in love with traveling to new and exotic destinations.
“We chose Malinda for the cover because she is beautiful, fearless, a trailblazer, and changemaker,” said Mary Chatman, CEO/Editor-in-Chief of Black Bride Magazine. “She knows what she wants, and she carves out her own path. She doesn’t follow the traditional Hollywood path. She moves quietly, filled with intention and I love that about her. I just knew she had a love story that would inspire women and men about love and life.”
Williams and Walker warmly shared their journey to the alter with the magazine’s readers. They said a mutual friend introduced them thinking that they might do business together. However, a few meetings in, they agreed to explore a relationship that went beyond work. After getting to know each other and dating for several years, Walker popped the question. He described the proposal as a deeply spiritual moment that was also natural and without extra fanfare.
How did you guys meet?
We met through a mutual friend who thought we could do business together
Tell me about the proposal.
It was normal morning with an extraordinary feeling to it. I wanted it to be intimate, personal and reflective of the life we would share together, so I did it at the kitchen table after breakfast
Malinda….What made you say YES ?
Knowing that I had truly met my refection in Tariq and knowing that I wanted to care for this man and have him care for me no matter what the future might hold
Tariq…..what inspired you to ask the big question.?
I was inspired by the fact that Malinda came to me completely perfect for me. I did not want for any alterations in who and how she is. I only wanted her to be in my life forever.
Tell us about This Is Leaving.
Our mutual love of global art, culture and cuisines has made us travel partners and enthusiasts. We’ve seen the myriad benefits of excursions reflected in each other and in the lives of family and friends. We both wanted a better answer to the inevitable “How was your trip to… (insert destination here)“
About This is Leaving
This Is Leaving is a travel and lifestyle brand that celebrates a life well-lived through travel and discovery. Founders Malinda Williams and Tariq Walker inspire others to cultivate a healthy, happy, and good life by delivering high quality information, products and services to travelers around the world. For this intrepid duo, each destination changes their perspectives for the better; and sharing them with their followers through a variety of reviews, travel tips, video, and variety of rich content is a distinct part of the experience. Join Tariq and Malinda as they “spread the gospel of travel” and inspire readers, viewers and visitors to explore the world near and far. Please visit: http://www.thisisleaving.com
Social Media: @ThisIsLeaving
This Is Leaving provides the answer; giving couples real world insights and advice that’s sometimes unexpected, but always spot on. Well-traveled and down to earth, Tariq and Malinda guide their following of casual and seasoned travelers through the planning of their next great adventure.
Whether a low key “Staycation” on the outskirts of Los Angeles, or a five star resort in the Tuscan countryside– join Malinda and Tariq as they inspire couples to see more of the world together.
What is your relationship with fashion and style?
We are both insured by art, music, life and creativity. Our fashion and style are additional outlets for us to be creative and showcase our love of beauty in all its forms.
This Is Leaving is a travel and lifestyle brand that celebrates a life well-lived through travel and discovery. Founders Malinda Williams and Tariq Walker inspire others to cultivate a healthy, happy, and good life by delivering high quality information, products and services to travelers around the world.
Tariq M. Walker: has seen the Internet grow from a curiosity to a necessity. With more than 20 years of experience in journalism, online content development, digital advertising, and marketing strategy, Walker has been on the leading edge of technology, content, and innovation for his entire career and often shares his digital expertise as a guest and speaker on broadcast media, trade conferences, and special events.
Prior to Launching This Is Leaving, Walker held several roles at Aol including VP of Video and Operations for Aol’s Partner Studio and VP of Creative Development for BE On, Aol’s branded content division creating programming for the company’s owned and operated properties. He began his career at Black Enterprise as a journalist and eventually transitioned to Director of Digital Media before moving on to Corporate America.
Social Media: @TariqMW #Casuallyobsessedwithstyle
Malinda Williams: Twice nominated for an Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series,” Malinda Williams made a name for herself by grabbing lead roles in films such as “The Wood,” “High School High,” “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” and the hit television series “Soul Food.” Her most recent venture is She’s Got A Habit, which was co-founded with her husband Tariq Walker and launched in January 2020. SHESGOTAHABIT.NET is an online lifestyle hub and retail marketplace created to inspire women to connect and support each other while cultivating good habits and wellness. Williams and the She’s Got A Habit Marketplace will become an official partner for the Sistahs in Business Expo, a multi-city women’s empowerment tour that kicks off in Spring 2020 in her home state of New Jersey.
Social Media: @Malinsworld
Photos courtesy Black Bride Magazine
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