We had the good fortune of connecting with Nia Malone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nia, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Dallas, Texas but I am currently in Houston, Texas for school (University of Houston). All throughout my years of grade school I have always bounced from school to school, as well as attended a few schools out of state. As a result of that, I was exposed to a lot of different people from low income hood schools to conservative private schools. I was lucky enough to be raised by my dad, who handled his business as a father and made sure I stayed in the nicest homes and never wanted for anything. Unfortunately my mom didn’t play her part as a mother the older I got, which has definitely made me the person I am today. After graduating from Cedar Hill High School, I attended Howard University on a partial scholarship, where I also met a lot of different people. But unfortunately while being there as a student, I realized how Howard was not at all what it was hyped up to be. Which is why I then transferred to the University of Houston and made a video about my experience on youtube called “WHY I LEFT HOWARD!?”. This video is increasing in views to this day, and I actually have people that relate to what I was going through in DC, which made me feel like I did the right thing. Being as though I have had a lot of different experiences up until this point, I am proud to be the person I am today who continues to exceed my own expectations and inspire other people!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an all around musical artist, meaning I write my own music, as well as vocal placement and sometimes producing. I currently have a single out called “Down for Me” which is available on all platforms, and it also has a visual on my youtube channel (Niality Kay). I am a painter as well, but only by mood, that’s not something I do all the time but when I do it’s fire. I have an art page on Instagram which I show case my art (Nia.nkay), and where I will also start selling prints of my original work. I also have a growing Youtube channel (Niality Kay), where I tell story times, post my music, and go into depth about my spiritual journey. I own my own custom business where I make custom Tees, ashtrays, and more (thriftyytingss.com), I am currently working on my marketing skills and how to reach an audience so I’m kind of on and off with the business, it is extremely hard to maintain a business on your own.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I was to bring my friend to Dallas to visit I would definitely take them to Deep Ellum arts district. I am personally an art attic so anywhere there’s a scene for artists and free spirited people, Im there! Dallas is very known for the art district so the Deep Ellum strip would be my first place to go, & also take cute pictures. There is a variety of things to do in Deep Ellum, and before corona was even a thing there was always people out on the strip on the weekends.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to personally shoutout my dad who is the big reason why Im at where I am today. I watched him wear a suit to work everyday, always provided me with the things I wanted, as well as made sure I was prepared enough to attend whatever college I wanted to. He is an artist as well who’s work has been posted in a museum in Houston. He wrote his own book, as well as has his own poetry events, where I’ve actually preformed at a few. He has not only exposed me to the art world, but has allowed me to grow as an artist and be myself. Watching his success is what motivates me and lets me know that I can do it as well.