Truth In Reality is proud to announce that Actor and Entrepeneur Malik Yoba will be co-hosting our Monday 2/23/15 #RealityTVCheck Tweet Chat on the image of women of color in the media with the topic "Scripted vs Unscripted: Is Empire Really Any Different Than 'Ratchet' Reality TV?".
Abdul-Malik Kashie Yoba (born September 17, 1967), better known by his stage name Malik Yoba, is an American actor and occasional singer. He is perhaps best known for his starring role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the FOX police drama series New York Undercover. Currently, he appears as former FBI Special Agent Bill Harken on the Syfy drama series Alphas.
The fourth of six children, Yoba was born in Bronx, New York, the son of Mahmoudah Young (née Lanier) and Abdullah Yoba. Yoba, who is African American, was raised as a Muslim. He he has three children from previous relationships.
In 1994, Yoba began his role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the popular FOX police drama series New York Undercover, opposite fellow actor Michael DeLorenzo. Yoba and DeLorenzo (who is of Puerto Rican descent) made television history, as the series was the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles. The series was cancelled in 1998, with Yoba as the only actor to appear in all 89 episodes.