Nicki Minaj Makes Good On Her Promise, Pays Actor Geoffrey Owens $25,000
Nicki Minaj recently made good on her word and donated $25,000 to Geoffrey Owens after a highly publicized photo of the actor working at Trader Joe’s went viral.
According to TMZ, Owens will donate the money to a cause close to his heart.
“I would like to give this donation of 25k to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman,” he said. Hyman played the iconic role of “Russell Huxtable,” father to Bill Cosby’s character, Cliff. He died last year at age 91 at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey. The home is run by the Actor’s Fund. “I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams,” he continued.
“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,” Minaj said in response to her donation.
Minaj made the pledge to Owens and his family during an episode of her “Queen Radio” show after Owens was publicly shamed over the photo. The photo was taken by Karma Lawrence, while she visited a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey.
Lawrence later claimed that she never meant to harm Owens’ reputation. Minaj gave Lawrence, the “Cocksucker of the Day” award during the segment and also delivered a good tongue lashing over Lawrence’s decision to release the photo to news outlets.
But what was meant for evil turned to good after the general public turned on headlines that attempted to make Owens feel less than. Social media erupted in Owens’ defense and prompted important conversations regarding work ethic, family obligations and America’s working class.