May 24, 2017

Chris and Malaak Rock auctioning themselves off for charity

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith Want to go on a double date with Chris and Malaak Rock – enjoying courtside seats at a New York Knicks game? The Rocks are offering themselves and the choice BBall tickets up for auction to the highest bidder. It’s part of the couple’s latest effort on behalf of their Journey For Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service organization — with those items, and others, up for grabs at

Journey For Change sends inner city youth on trips to South Africa, where they become involved in service work themselves. Malaak tells us she’ll be heading out with their second group Aug. 18 – and the kids will be sharing their experiences via video and blog on the MTV and Nickelodeon websites, in addition to her Angel Rock Project site.

Malaak has been involved in work on behalf of direly impoverished families led by orphans and “grannies” of South Africa since the Rock family visited there years ago. Then, she says, “because my husband is so committed to helping those kids in Brooklyn where he grew up, the idea came to me of bringing the two together.”

The result is their charity, which “takes kids from the receiving end of aid to the giving end of service, and lets them see how good that feels,” says Malaak.

According to her, the 30 12-to-15-year-olds who went on the first Journey for Change expedition two years ago are still involved in service and advocacy work on behalf of the families they met while on their trip. “To be introduced to third world poverty – kids living 10 to a shack, with no electricity or running water. It was a shock for those kids who’d spent their whole lives thinking they had it worse than anybody, ultimately realizing they were blessed by being American and living in the U.S. It was amazing and also difficult for some.”

The Brooklyn adventurers bonded with their South African counterparts, playing music and dancing together. They also had the opportunity to go out on safari and see rhinos, elephants and zebras. Says Malaak, “It was extraordinarily life-changing for them.”

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to

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