Trouble makes change. And we are seriously in need of some change right now.

Malika Williams is a resident at the Coterie and a former foster child with a penchant for social justice.

Malika is portrayed by Zuri Adele.


Malika and her younger brother were born to a neglectful mother. They were often hungry and dug into couch cushions to get change for chips at the corner store. At the age of ten, the neglect and hunger led to Malika calling social services for help. Social services then placed the siblings into the foster care system, and they were eventually separated.

Malika was never adopted into a family. Instead, she aged out of the system and became an independent woman. She is currently estranged from her mother.


She is described as, "whip-smart with a penchant for social justice".[1]

Physical Appearance

Malika is a beautiful young woman in her mid-twenties who embraces her natural beauty. She has black hair, dark brown eyes, and prominent features. She wears loose multiple print clothing and has a tall and athletic physique. She wears heels or boots with minimum accessories.

Throughout Series


The Coterie

Malika is seen DJing at the Coterie's party and socializing with a small group of her own friends. She mainly stays to herself, especially staying away from Callie, due to the argument that had that morning about Judge Wilson. Later, her older brother arrives and they make small talk before he tells her that their mom is sick. Malika doesn't believe him due to their mothers' history, and this leads to an argument. Dom believes that they were fine before Malika called social services and that the system didn't treat either of them any better then their mom did. After an argument, Dom tells Malika that she should see their mom before its too late. She asks him to come over again sometime but he simply says that he doesn't know and leaves.


Season 1 (13/13)

Notes and Trivia

  • Zuri Adele described Malika as, " extremely passionate about social justice and equality. She is very proud to be a woman of African descent." She also stated that she, "has a shell around her because she is so independent, she is so fierce."[2]
  • Malika is a black lives matter activist, who is often protesting against police brutality.
  • She helps to investigate questionable African-American deaths at the hands of police officers.
  • Her twitter handle is @Malika4Change.