Nicki Minaj pays promised $25,000 to former 'The Cosby Show' star Geoffrey Owens, but he spends it on charity
Geoffrey Owens donated the 25k to the Actor's Fund in memory of the late great Earle Hyman, who played Cosby's father, "Russell," on 'The Cosby Show.'
A month ago, former 'The Cosby Show' actor, Geoffrey Owens' photo blew up over the internet. The reason? He was spotted working at a Trader Joe's. As shocking and surprising as that photo was, countless fans and just social media users, in general, took to slamming the situations that led the former actor to land up in retail, while a lot of celebrities took to shaming the publication that runs a piece on the 'shocking' fact that Owens now works at Trader Joe's.
While most fellow actors and media personalities called him just a regular man, trying to earn an honest living, Nicki Minaj had other plans and took it a notch higher by promising him a cash amount. And now she has lived up to that and paid up the promised amount of $25,000 to Owens.
As for Owens? He is taking the money, definitely, but not for the reason you think, Owens is going to accept the money and pay it forward - all of it - to charity.
Geoffrey Owens out here working at trader joes being Donovan Mcnabb Tiger Woods and Don Cheadle pic.twitter.com/t22QhtxZgu— Ghost (@SonoTripped) September 4, 2018
As revealed by TMZ, sources have spilled that Nicki's team recently reached out to Owens and sent him the promised check - just as Nicki had vowed to in her 'Queen Radio' show - once the photo attempting to shame Owen by showing him working at Trader Joe's emerged on the internet.
And Owens has finally spoken; telling the outlet that he intends to invest the money - well, spend it, technically - in full, to a cause very close to his heart and his acting career too. He told TMZ, "I would like to give this donation of 25k to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman -- who played Cosby’s father, ‘Russell’, on 'The Cosby Show'-- who lived his last many years and died at the Actors’ Home, (funded and run by the Actor’s Fund). I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams."
And Nicki doesn't mind this at all; resonating with Owen's decision and appreciative of him, she shared: "I'm happy to be a part of a great cause. I wish Geoffrey much success and want him to know how loved he is. Rest in Peace to Earle Hyman."
TMZ also reports that ever since the photo broke out, Owens has received a wave of job offers, including a rather significant 10-episode gig on Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots."