Malaak Compton Rock is a public relations executive who dedicated her career to promoting non-profit organizations. She has, for many years, worked with various non-profit organizations and even founded one known as StyleWorks. However, Malaak is most popular for being married to the popular American comedian, Chris Rock.
Unfortunately, their marriage, which lasted for almost twenty years and was admired by many, hit the rocks and their divorce was finalized on August 22, 2016. Keep reading to find out more about the comedian ex-wife including the reason behind her divorce from her husband.
Malaak Compton Rock Bio
Born on 13th June 1969, in Oakland, California, U.S.A, Malaak Compton Rock spent her early years in Brooklyn, New York, but eventually relocated to New Jersey. She attended a private university, Howard University located in Washington D.C., from where she obtained a B.F.A. in Arts/Production Management. She was also given an honorary doctorate by Fairleigh Dickenson University in May 2009.
The former Mrs. Malaak Compton Rock is the founder of the Angelrock Project, an online e-village which promotes volunteerism, social responsibility, and sustainable change. As the founder of the organization, her major focus is on the education and empowerment of youth and women. She is also the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, StyleWorks, a full-service salon that provides free services for women who are moving from welfare into the workforce.
Malaak is also the brain behind Champions for Children Committee, a prestigious group of popular individuals committed to creating awareness about the signs and prevention
of child abuse. She also manages the group. In addition to this, Malaak has also been involved with other charities, including Safe Horizon, HOPE Worldwide, UNICEF, The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, and The Salvation Army, and the Children’s Defense Fund.
She is a Global Ambassador for The Susan G. Komen Global Promise Fund, a member of New York Women in Communications, The Cause Marketing Forum and The Association of Fundraising Professionals.
What to Know About Her Family
Malaak Compton Rock has three daughters two of whom are her biological children and one adopted. Her two daughters, Lola Simone, born on 28 June 2002 in New York City, and Zahra Savannah, born on the 22nd of May 2004, are products of her nearly two-decades-long marriage to Chris Rock, who she met at the Essence Awards and tied the knot with on November 23, 1996.
In 2008, another daughter was added to the family when Malaak and Chris took in a six-month-old girl from South Africa named Ntombi.
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Her Appearance In Oprah’s Big Give
Malaak Compton Rock was a judge on the ABC’s reality television series Oprah’s Big Give. Speaking on why she decided to be on the show Malaak said it was because it was one of the most important reality television shows ever. According to her, she would not consider going into prime time television if it were not meaningful or had a philanthropic mission to it.
Malaak Is An Author
Following her years of experience in charity work, Malaak Compton Rock wrote a book titled “If It Takes A Village,
Build One: How I Found Meaning Through a Life of Service and 100+ Ways You Can Too”. It was published on 6 April 2010 and was nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional.
Malaak began her work in the non-profit world by launching a celebrity relations department for UNICEF. Saddled with the responsibility of recruiting celebrities for fund-raising, she traveled to different places with them.
Her Inspiration For Charity Work
According to the sweet-hearted lady, she draws inspiration for her work from the life of Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). However, she was inspired to give early in life by her mother whom she describes as an extreme philanthropist, not in terms of money though, but in terms of giving of her time and volunteering.
At the age of 24, Malaak, who was working for high-powered Manhattan PR executive Terrie M. Williams, decided to quit the job because it did not allow her time to volunteer. Her boss found it hard to understand why she chose to leave but Malaak told her it was because she believed that service is the rent we pay for living, and she was not paying hers.