Malaak found her true calling after accepting a position at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, where she worked to increase the organization's visibility. During her time there, Malaak decided to dedicate her life's work to the nonprofit world and ultimately created Styleworks, a nonprofit that helps women on welfare and in shelters enter the workforce by providing full makeovers—from clothing to skincare. After seven years of offering direct services, styleWorks currently provides seminars on a consultant basis. Malaak dedicates the rest of her time to a number of other national and international causes, such as Safe Horizon, the nation's leading victim assistance organization, where she chairs Champions for Children, an initiative to prevent child abuse; Hope Worldwide, an organization with which she and her husband have joined forces to help the poorest areas of Johannesburg, South Africa; and The Children's Defense Fund.
" Oprah's Big Give has it all—excitement, drama, laughter and tears—all set against the backdrop of helping others," Malaak says. "As someone who values giving back, being part of this show was like being a kid in a candy store."
Giving Back Moment: Organizing 200 at-risk children from Brooklyn to shop for Christmas gifts at Target, watch two episodes of Everybody Hates Chris and participate in a Q&A with the celebrity cast. It was a dream day for the children and for me!
Movie: Blood Diamond , Sparkle and Terms of Endearment
Type of Music and/or Artist: Prince
Dessert: Sweet potato pie
Time of Day: Early morning before anyone else rises
Vacation: On a Safari in Kenya, Tanzania or South Africa
Memory: The births of my two kids
Snack: Almonds and gummy worms
Weekend Activity: Taking the kids to the park, going to a movie (never do anymore unless it is G-rated!) and at least one hour of reading on Saturday and Sunday by myself
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