Malik Yoba

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Malik Yoba
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Malik Yoba in 2010
Born(1967-09-17) September 17, 1967 (age 47)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1993–present
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Malik Yoba
Malik Yoba cropped.jpeg
Malik Yoba in 2010
Born(1967-09-17) September 17, 1967 (age 47)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1993–present

Abdul-Malik Kashie Yoba[1] (born September 17, 1967), better known by his stage name Malik Yoba, is an American actor and occasional singer. He is known for his starring role as NYPD Detective J. C. Williams on the Fox police drama New York Undercover and as Yul Brenner in Cool Runnings. He also appeared as former FBI Special Agent Bill Harken on the Syfy drama series Alphas and formerly appeared as Jim Hudson in Revolution.

Personal life[edit]

The fourth of six children,[2] Yoba was born in Bronx, New York; his parents are Mahmoudah Young (née Lanier) and Abdullah Yoba.[1][3] He is divorced from Trisha Mann, a model and actress who starred with Yoba in the stage play His Woman, His Wife in 2000. Yoba has three children: a son Josiah and a daughter Dena with Mann, and another daughter Pria from a previous relationship.[citation needed] Yoba is an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.


In 1994, Yoba began his role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the popular FOX police drama series New York Undercover, opposite Michael DeLorenzo. Yoba and DeLorenzo (who is of Puerto Rican and Italian 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.[4] Yoba's work on New York Undercover earned him three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (in 1996, 1997, and 1998). The series was cancelled in 1998, with Yoba as the only actor to appear in all 89 episodes.

An accomplished singer and stage actor, Yoba's talents were showcased in His Woman His Wife, in which he had the lead role.[5]

Yoba has also appeared in films such as Cool Runnings and Criminal. He has made appearances on the FOX television series Arrested Development as Ice, a bounty hunter whose real love is party planning, and had a recurring role as Brock Harris on the UPN sitcom Girlfriends. Yoba also appeared in the FX Networks crime drama Thief and the NBC crime drama Raines. He appeared as Gavin in the 2007 Tyler Perry film Why Did I Get Married? and its 2010 sequel Why Did I Get Married Too? In 2009, he co-starred as astronaut Ted Shaw on the futuristic ABC drama Defying Gravity. Recently, he announced his plans to bring back New York Undercover to the small screen in a modern TV series adaptation of the original series. Law & Order writer Courtney Parker penned a spec script for networks to bid on.[6]

2011 to 2012, Yoba appeared as former FBI Special Agent Bill Harken on Alphas, a science fiction drama series about a team of people with special abilities who belong to a secret department attached to the DOD. In 2013, Yoba joined the cast of Revolution (TV series) as Jim Hudson, a former captain of the Monroe Republic.


1993Cool RunningsYul Brenner
1995SmokeThe Creeper
1995Blue in the FaceWatch Man
1997Cop LandDet. Carson
1997Soul FoodStudio Engineer
1999PersonalsKeith Parker
1999Harlem AriaLuke
2000His Woman, His WifeStuart BanksVideo
2002Dreaming in Black and WhiteChris Jones
2003Vote for MeThe Professor
2003Playas BallHimself
2004CriminalFrank Hill
2004Oh Happy DayMoses Jackson
2005SlurJordanShort film
2005Kids in AmericaWill Drucker
2006They're Just My FriendsPat Black Sr.
2007Why Did I Get Married?Gavin
2007Feel the NoiseThe Mayor
2010My Girlfriend's BackDereck Scott
2010Why Did I Get Married Too?Gavin
2012AllegianceStaff Sergeant Hart
2014The AssaultCoach Tim Miller
1993Where I LiveFisherEpisode: "Local Hero"
1994Law & OrderPat WilliamsEpisode: "Wager"
1994–1999New York UndercoverDet. Julius Clarence 'J.C.' WilliamsMain role
1998Black JaqGregory 'Greg' FranklinTV movie
1998For Your LoveKeithEpisode: "Divorce-i-versary"
1999TrinitySam DavisEpisode: "Having Trouble with the Language"
Episode: "Breaking In, Breaking Out, Breaking Up, Breaking Down"
2000–2001BullCorey Granville20 episodes
2003ViolationPatrick MatthewsTV movie
2003KingpinBobby CurtisTV miniseries
2003Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneShawnEpisode: "Developing"
2003–2007GirlfriendsBrock Harris7 episodes
2004Days, TheThe DaysGib Taylor4 episodes
2004Arrested DevelopmentIceEpisode: "Amigos"
Episode: "Good Grief!"
2006ThiefElmo 'Mo' Jones6 episodes
2006That's So RavenJudgeEpisode: "Checkin' Out"
2007RainesCharlie Lincoln7 episodes
2008InseparableCurtis RaleighTV movie
2008CSI: MiamiReggie MastowEpisode: "Power Trip"
2009Defying GravityTed Shaw13 episodes
2010JustifiedToby GriffinEpisode: "Hatless"
2011Celibate Nympho Chronicles: The Web Series, TheThe Celibate Nympho Chronicles: The Web SeriesBustahEpisode: "Bustah Nut"
2011NikitaWallaceEpisode: "Fair Trade"
2011–2012AlphasBill HarkenLead role
2012Person of InterestAndre WilcoxEpisode: "Wolf and Cub"
2012NYC 22Ray-Ray BurnellEpisode: "Turf War"
2013Betty and CorettaMartin Luther King, Jr.TV movie
2013RevolutionJim HudsonRecurring role
2013The Good WifeEddie FornumEpisode: "Everything is Ending"
2014Turks & CaicosJim CarrollTV movie
2015EmpireVernon TurnerSeries regular

Internet meme[edit]

Since 2009, the popularity of Malik Yoba has spiked in the Russian segment of the Internet, as result of his surname being identical to the abbreviation "YOBA" - local Internet meme about casual video games.[7]


  1. ^ a b Malik Yoba Biography (1967– ). Retrieved on 2011-11-20.
  2. ^ TV star shines on others. `New York Undercover's' Malik Yoba gives back. The Washington Times. August 13, 1996
  3. ^ Malik Yoba Biography – Yahoo! Movies. (1967-09-17). Retrieved on 2011-11-20.
  4. ^ "Hip-Hop Cops", TV Guide, Oct. 15, 1994, at p. 29.
  5. ^ His Woman, His Wife (Video 2000).
  6. ^ "Malik Yoba Announces New York Undercover Revamp". 9 April 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  7. ^ YOBA abbreviation at

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