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Rachael, a singer, currently lives in Hollywood, where she is recording her first solo album. She has sung backup for Donnie McClurkin, Cassandra Wilson and Max Roach and shared a stage with P. Diddy and Erick Morillo. When she's not in the studio, Rachael is working on starting her own nonprofit organization, which will serve as a safe haven for kids in Brooklyn's inner city. Her ultimate goal is to open a school in every inner city in the country.
"I wanted to be on Oprah's Big Give because I know that Oprah does everything with love in the details. I just wanted to serve," Rachael says. "On her show, Oprah always stresses trusting your instincts, and my instinct was screaming, 'You have to be there!' I waited for six hours in line with a 104 fever, but I knew I wanted to give back in an O way."
Giving Back Moment: I went to Dakar, Senegal, for six weeks in December 2004 to work with children who had nothing—not even parents. I taught song and dance, and it was just the most amazing experience of my life.
Food: Jamaican cuisine, especially sweet fried plantains
Movie Shawshank Redemption and Malcolm X
Type of Music/Artist: Whitney Houston
Dessert: Rum bread pudding
Time of Day: 2 a.m.
Indulgence: A beachfront Swedish deep tissue massage
Vacation The all-inclusive spa at Le Sport at Saint Lucia
Memory: Being in Jamaica when I was 18 years old. It was the first time I ever liked a guy who liked me back the same way! We were just sitting on a boat together, talking, underneath the Jamaican sun. It was a movie moment.
Snack: Orville Redenbacher Kettle Korn and vegan chocolate nut ice cream bars
Weekend Activity: Sabar and Djembe African dance