Nicki Minaj has given actor Geoffrey Owens $25,000 as she promised, she kept her word. However, the Cosby Show alum won’t be keeping the money. It’s going to be donated to a charity near and dear to his heart.
He stated, “I would like to give this donation of 25K to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman, who lived his last many years and died at the Actors’ Home, (funded and run by the Actor’s Fund),” Owens told ET in a statement. “I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams.”
Statement from Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chairman of The Actors Fund:
“Bravo and Brava! Thank you to Geoffrey Owens for paying forward his gift from Nicki Minaj and making a very generous donation of $25,000 to our work. I’m greatly humbled and truly inspired that Geoffrey and Nicki would take action to help their colleagues when they need it most. This donation will help us provide essential programs and services to thousands of entertainment and performing arts professionals in need across the country every year. It will help us continue to provide supportive services including The Actors Fund Home, a skilled nursing, assisted living and short-stay rehabilitation facility for professionals who, like the great actor Earle Hyman, have dedicated their lives to the arts — and where we will be dedicating a room in Earle’s honor thanks to this gift. It will also help support our ongoing social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, affordable housing, and secondary employment and training services. The staff of The Actors Fund take great pride in fostering stability and resiliency in the lives of everyone in performing arts and entertainment, and providing a safety net for them in times of need. We thank you, Geoffrey and Nicki.”
Source: Page Six/Entertainment Tonight/Team Minaj