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Mekhi and Omikaye Phifer at Hollywood Dads party

05/18/2007 at 10:11 AM ET

Actor Mekhi Phifer, 32, brings his son Omikaye, 7 1/2, and fiancee Oni Souratha to a party last evening celebrating the release of photographer Joyce Ostin‘s new book, Hollywood Dads ($23). Omi’s mom is Mekhi’s ex-wife, actress Malinda Williams.


Photo by Stephen Shugerman for Getty Images.

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NL on

Don’t know about Omi’s birthdate (though some sites give his year of birth as 1999, which would make him older than 6), but I believe Mekhi’s guest is his girlfriend Oni Souratha.

Becky's Daughter on

Mekhi and Malinda have always been vague about their son in interviews. This is the first and only picture that I’ve seen of him.

I also think he was born in 1999 because when the HBO drama, Soul Food (that Malinda starred in), premiered in 2000, Omi was 1 year old.

maxine on

it looks like Oni Souratha is more than Mekhi’s girlfriend…check out her ring finger. cute kid. first i know of him having a son.

alexa on

I’m an ER fan and I remembered reading about his son in the People Mag special about their 200 ep, so I dug it out and according to the 5/12/03 People Magazine, Mehki’s son Omikaye was 3. So maybe ’99 0r ’00. Either way he’d be 7 now since its around 4 years from the magazine date.

Ce-Ce on

I did not know that Malinda Williams and my future husband had a child together.And the lil boy looks just like Malinda.

Morgan on


you STILL had your people magazine from 2003?! wow..hehe

kiki on

omg, i love this dude. I had no idea that he was with Malinda before. That comes as some news to me. He’s, like, the main reason I watch ER… His son is too cute.

ISIS77 on

Remember back when he and Malinda starred in the movie “High School High” I think they hooked up on the set and were married like a year later.

tan on

Wow I didn’t know that.Thats funny how he was in the Soul Food movie and she was in the Soul Food series.I guess you learn something new everyday after all cause I had no clue who her son father was let alone the two of them being married previously.Thanks CBB for showing this.I’m a fan of them both.Mekhi’s fiancee’ is so pretty.

alexa on


Haha, I said I was a fangirl ;). Whats worse, I knew exactly where to find it. It took me 3 seconds to find the article.

LL on

If I remember correctly, his son’s birthday is August 17, 1999

Angel on

I never knew he and Melinda had a child together..Wow..they kept that under raps really good. So I guess now that a book will come out about Celebrity Dad’s he’s going to show off his little token. How convenient :)

Stephany on

I love Mekhi. He’s one of the main reasons why I watch ER. Hah. I never knew he had a son, though. Cute kid.

His fiancee is GORGEOUS! Wow, so exotic looking.

yaya on

I KNEW that he and Malinda shared a child because they were in an old edition of HONEY MAGAZINE and Melinda was spilling the beans. She sounded very insecure and he sounded like an ass. He basically said that after she had the baby, he would come home and could not receive any head. wtf? Well now, I guess his wish has come true. Go head pretty asian sister! ( i mean that literally and figuratively ; )

FC on

The Soul Foods series was on Showtime, as I recall. But anyway, as for Malinda and Mekhi, I never knew they were together until I read an article on them having had a past relationship and a son to show for it, who, by the way, is adorable and really does look a lot like Malinda. :)

His fiancée Oni is beautiful, too.

uh uh on

Their brief marriage and relationship was discussed in the now-defunct Honey magazine ( He was basically a total dog to her–he cheated and didn’t even show up to the hospital when the child was being born–and the magazine gave him a full page to tell his side of the story and he just went on about how he was a man and she was essentially supposed to take whatever shit he dished out and on and on. I never had any opinion about either of them before but then I never saw someone given the chance to defend themselves against pretty awful accusations open his mouth and made it worse.

Dee on

Uh Uh use some of your tax return to get a life and stop living through someone else’s! That’s probably why he’s dating outside the race. Sista’s always starting drama!

tina on

i didnt know he had a baby with Malinda. The boy looks like her alot to me!

Niki on

I thought he was engaged to the chick from Total at one point. Did I miss something?

loretta merritt on



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