Give Big or Go Home
The first seat was filled by Malaak Compton-Rock, a mother of two and wife of comedian Chris Rock. Over the years, Malaak has proven she's more than just a pretty face on the red carpet. "I know her because she has been in the business of giving for a very long time," Oprah says.
In 1999, Malaak founded Styleworks, a program that helps women transition from welfare to the work force by giving them free, professional makeovers. She's also been actively involved in humanitarian projects abroad.
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As a judge on Oprah's Big Give, Malaak says she evaluates the contestants' good deeds based on three criteria. "I wanted to know, 'Who's the person you're helping? What do they really need? Did you pay attention and actually find out what they needed, or did you give them what you thought they needed?'" she says.
Malaak says she's proud to be a part of a series that shows people you don't have to be rich to give. "I believe in giving, if you can, a percentage of your income," she says. "Also, you can volunteer. If you volunteer once a month, you are changing someone's life, and you're changing your own life."