Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
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Oprah's Big Give
OPRAH'S BIG GIVE™ on ABC-TV beginning March 2, 2008
As a co-judge, along with the wonderful, funny and caring celebrity chef and author Jamie Oliver and the talented and philanthropic football player Tony Gonzalez, I had an absolutely wonderful time being a part of the OPRAH'S BIG GIVE family.
As you can imagine, it was a huge honor to be asked by Ms. Winfrey and her talented producing staff to take part in the television show by helping to judge the contestants as they travel our nation "paying it forward" by donating money, volunteering their time, and organizing amazing philanthropic events. You will be amazed as you watch the drama and emotion unfold in this unprecedented competition as our determined contestants transform the lives of others.
Millions of dollars are given away in this intense cross-country adventure that twists and turns in ways that test the nerve, passion and stamina of each contestant. Each week, a mystery challenge is unveiled, and in order to win, contestants must out-give one another.
I had a particularly wonderful time when I was able to actually interact with the contestants and the people in need, which allowed me to spend time with some truly remarkable and resilient people. I have always known that you do not have to be rich to donate, that you do not have to have a lot of time to volunteer, and that you do not need to be a brain surgeon to serve, but being a part of OPRAH'S BIG GIVE and having the opportunity to watch first-hand how generous the human spirit can be, was a truly awe-inspiring experience.
The Harpo-produced OPRAH'S BIG GIVE, begins on Sunday, March 2, 2008 on ABC-TV. Please check your local TV listings and make sure to put the premiere episode down in your datebook!
Please click here to read about Malaak's Big Give Premiere Party and find out how you can give an Oprah's Big Give party of your own!
What the media is saying about OPRAH'S BIG GIVE:
Malaak Compton-Rock on Judging Oprah's Big Give.
Malaak featured on Good Morning America to discuss her projects and Oprah's Big Give.
OPRAH'S BIG GIVE Goes Global
"Malaak Compton-Rock stopped by to talk about the show Oprah's Big Give, which airs this Sunday on ABC."
"Since when did being a couch potato count as the kind of public-spirited behavior typically associated in this column with attending a fund-raising event?"
"'Big Give' is rife with big emotions, big money, big names – Oprah operates on a scale that would exhaust a pharaoh…The show is stoutly, predictably good-hearted. 2&1/2 stars."
"Kudos to Winfrey... for putting competitive spirit to good use."
"Bring your tissues... It is such a heartwarming reality show..."
"...you'll find plenty of heartwarming stories and feel-good moments... Giddily defying televisoin convention... Grade: B."
"...an uplifting hour that sends a postitive message: It’s better to give than receive."
"...as reality shows go, 'Oprah's Big Give' strikes us as better time investment than watching spandexed He-Men bopping each other with giant Q-tips."
"Have the hankies ready."
"...falls squarely in the feel good category of primetime viewing, an upbeat counterpoint to all the dark dramas flooding FX, Showtime and even A&E these days... a grateful 'Big Get.'"
"As in most things Oprah, it will make you weep with sadness and with happiness. 2&1/2 stars."
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