You Should Know Her: Tamika D. Mallory

Tamika D. Mallory is an esteemed social justice leader, advocate, activist and mother. A New York City native, this fiery, outspoken organizer has remained a consistent fixture in the civil rights movement for nearly 20 years. Tamika’s focus on civil and human rights issues includes extensive work around equal rights for women, economic empowerment, gun violence, criminal justice reform and police accountability. In 2017, Tamika gained recognition as one of four co-chairs for the Women’s March on Washington; and with participation from five million people worldwide, her role in the march landed Tamika on the 2017 Time 100 Pioneers list and Fortune’s 2017 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders.

Tamika’s firm, Mallory Consulting, a strategic planning and event management corporation, works with Fortune 500 corporations and organizations on flagship projects related to mass incarceration, gun violence and police brutality. Tamika has made the fight for equity her life’s work and she continues this work as board member of The Gathering for Justice organization and as an active constituent of the Justice League NYC. Tamika is frequently featured in the media at the intersection of civil rights, social justice and the new wave of feminism.

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1. What are three words that best describe you?

Passionate, Determined, Fun

2. Tell us why you’re awesome in two sentences or less.

Because I make fighting for human rights look good.

3. What are your three biggest indulgences?

Sleep, Parenting, Talking

4. What’s currently your favorite…

Restaurant: Sylvia’s Harlem Restaurant
Food: Cuban
Cocktail: Patron Silver Margarita
Shopping destination/store: Saks Fifth Avenue
Fashion item: Christian Louboutin Shoes
Place to hangout: Home
City: Atlanta, Georgia
Travel item: Burberry scarf
Skincare product: Vanicream Moisturizer
Hostess gift: Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Home décor item: Pillows
Book: The Coldest Winter Ever by Sista Souljah
Magazine:ESSENCE Magazine

Please list at least three of your absolute favorite, MUST-HAVE items. (If you were stranded on a desert island, you would probably bring these with you.)

My cell phone, a book, Tory Burch flip flops

5. What’s the ONE thing you absolutely can’t live without?

My family

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?


7. If you could have dinner with anyone (living or not) who would it be, and WHY?

My parents because I don’t get to see them enough.

8. What does it mean to you to have a strong, engaging brand and how has having one helped you?

It means that I can spread the message about equity & justice, it has helped me to be able to gain support for the work that I’m passionate about.

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9. What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

I would say, you do not know everything, listen to your elders.

10. What is one piece of advice you would give to women today about staying true to themselves and succeeding on their own terms?

The road is much more difficult alone, find a team and love up on them.



Tamika D. Mallory


1. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sista Souljah
In The Coldest Winter Ever, Sista Souljah introduces readers to the real ghetto experience and an incredible story. Now more valuable than ever, the book provides Souljah’s insight, inspirations, and answers behind why she wrote this bestseller.

2. Veuve Clicquot
Veuve Clicquot is a favored by many. Their champagne is considered one of the very best vintages, and a luxury hostess gift. Bring a bottle to the next dinner party you attend and you’ll be the hero of the night.

3. iPhone
If you’d bring your phone to a desert island, you’re not alone. Tamika would too. Even being stranded won’t stop this influential woman from spreading her message of justice and equality.

4. Vanicream Moisturizer
This moisturizer is non-greasy, non-comedogenic, free of common chemical irritants, long-lasting, dermatologist tested, and Tamika approved. Try it for yourself!
$5 – $17, or your local drugstore

5. Burberry Scarf
A Burberry scarf makes for a timeless staple in a woman’s closet. Make the vintage check your own with personalized features, or go for a bold statement in the new graffiti print.
$120 – $5,750,

6. Tory Burch Flip Flops
Tory Burch inspires our summer wardrobe with her latest Carved Wedge, Marguerite, and Printed flip flops. You’re going to want to grab a pair this season.
$48 – $78,

7. Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks is a unique specialty store synonymous with fashionable, gracious living. Renowned for its superlative selling services and merchandise, the best of European and American designers are sold here.
Prices vary,

8. ESSENCE Magazine
In 1970, ESSENCE launched their ground-breaking magazine created exclusively for African-American women. Today, it is the premiere lifestyle, fashion, and beauty magazine for the dynamic black woman.

9. Christian Louboutin Shoes
Shop Christian Louboutin shoes to find everything from the french designer’s signature high-end stilleto with the red-lacquered soles to newer silhouettes like boots, flats and sneakers.

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