Malika Raquel Bernard was born in Plantation, FL. At the age of thirteen her parents moved her and her siblings to Palm Beach County, where Malika would spend the remainder of her adolescent years before college.
During her academic career Malika studied English at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. Barry’s English department consistently reinforces the importance prioritizing rhetorical awareness and flexibility while composing bodies of work. Outside of the classroom Malika engaged in campus activities and organizations. She contributed articles to Barry University’s award winning newspaper The Buccaneer. Her first fictional publication was printed in the University’s journal What Oft Was Thought.
The young student maintained a level of leadership within her campus activities, by acting as the President of the Alpha Alpha Xi Chapter, Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society) at Barry for two years and as Vice President of the University’s English Association during her last year.
Off campus Malika utilized working with other professional writers. While completing her senior year of college Malika obtained an internship as freelance journalist for South Florida news outlet, The Caribbean National Weekly. Here she had the opportunity to communicate with fellow reporters while recording the events of America’s Caribbean diaspora.
Malika holds a B.A. in English with a specialization in Professional Writing from Barry University. After obtaining her degree the recent graduate settled in Pembroke Pines, FL. Today she is a Referral Specialist with Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 Company that provides services to government healthcare programs. She is also co-founder of an online radio show, the Tracy & Malika Show, on blogtalkraido.com