Geoffrey Owens and Nicki Minaj

Rapper Nicki Minaj finally paid Cosby star Geoffrey Owens the $25,000 she promised him. But rather than deposit the cash, Owens donated it to a worthy cause.

The rapper donated $25,000 to the actor after he went viral when a lesbian couple took pictures of him bagging groceries at Trader Joe's.

Geoffrey's luck turned when he received dozens of offers for acting gigs, including an offer from director Tyler Perry.

Owens recently began work on Perry's hit show The Haves and the Have Nots in Atlanta.

Owens confirmed that Nicki wired the money to him -- and he's donating the cash to a cause close to his heart.

"I would like to give this donation to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman, who played Cosby’s father, Russell, on The Cosby Show," Owens tells TMZ.

"He lived his last many years and died at the Actors' Home. I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams."

Minaj responded by telling Owens, "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."

  • Shamwow

    Love it

  • Trey

    classy

  • SumthinSweeter

    Thank God for something positive in today's blog news. Sheesh.

  • WhoKnew

    Good for you, Elvin.

  • RaginB

    Aw ok That's wassup..

  • WhoKnew
  • hi-liter

    Rapper Nicki Minaj finally paid Cosby star Geoffrey Owens the $25,000 she promised him
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    Yeah after the media hounded her and made her stick to her word. He's paying it forward. If he really needed it he would have kept it.

  • Renee26

    Wonderful

  • dru and neil

    Good for him, hope he continues to prosper.

  • Guest©

    This an is a class act. God truly turned his situation around. #wontHedoit.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Good for you sir..... pass that demon money right on along .... after she was called out ... now she donates ...... doesn't matter pay it forward https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/520deb0edf82fd2f10f4236d48983582a2ccdd879e3fec8d0d3203fe946fd0b9.gif

  • Sassie

    This was nice. On BOTH parts.

  • Dahl

    Good move. Letting people know he isn’t a charity case. And that swamp rat pic is so appropriate of her...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Yes God will ... #Blewp

  • the guest

    LOVE Mr. Geoffrey Owens!

  • the guest

    AMEN.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    All the time??????

  • the guest

    And an act of brilliance and intelligence.

    A classically trained, ivy league educated, hard working roll his sleeves up, and charitable man, this man is a STAR!

  • WhoKnew

    Won't he?

  • WhoKnew

    Supa star!

  • RICHIE_RICH

    On his lil special I saw , he never said he need money. Glad he paid it forward. Nicki catching all the heat in 2018! I wonder how she truly feels about Cardi getting another #1. Humble yourself Nicki?????

  • exlurker

    I like this post. Such a refreshing change to read something positive. Thank you .

  • WhoKnew

    My son told me today I'm not saying bloop right like they do on Insecure. I think the way you have it spelled is the way to say it. blewp!! LOL.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Beyond a Star ?.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • RICHIE_RICH

    Yale right?

  • WhoKnew

    Just bloop with no attitude.

  • Malcom Flex

    That's a real man right there. Props to him and Nicki.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • WhoKnew

    LOL. Got it! Blewp!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • WhoKnew

    LOL.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm clearly in the minority.

    True, the money is his to do with it what he pleases. But, if you didn't want the money why take it? IDK. It's weird to me.

    And Nicki Minaj said right after it happened that she had been trying to get in touch with his people.

  • hottlanta

    Please raechet a long way 2 go. Stop the foolishness.

  • IamAllnatural

    They need to leave this man alone. He doesn’t want anyone feeling sorry for him & he doesn’t want a handout. He is obviously content with his life.

  • IamAllnatural

    They need to leave this man alone. He doesn’t want anyone feeling sorry for him & he doesn’t want a handout. He is obviously content with his life.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    In othe news, Nene Leakes son must have mental health issues. He allegedly admitting to raping some girl and getting her pregnant. Claims he did it because he's Satan. Well, the girl has pictures of him and her all over her page. Weird...

  • Blaque Mahogany

    In othe news, Nene Leakes son must have mental health issues. He allegedly admitting to raping some girl and getting her pregnant. Claims he did it because he's Satan. Well, the girl has pictures of him and her all over her page. Weird...

  • hottlanta

    Those who r complaining about her check where is yours since her check was moving too slow. I bet Tyler told the people on the set if anyone says the name cosby is fired

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    No matter what happens, The Cosby Show's legacy is untouchable. For the first time in TV history, minorities with two, educated, gainfully employed parents, got to see themselves on TV with no buffoonery or stereotypes.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    The day after the NYFW incident, Nicki mentioned on her show that she was still trying to get in touch with him... That she hadn't been able to reach his people.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Where this T sis?

  • Logan Roberts

    Geoffrey men like you are hard to find nowadays. Your wife & kids should be proud of you sir ?. And hats off to you Nicki for offering to help.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Class Act.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Yes He will.

  • Peace

    Amen. Bravo Mr. Cosby.
    And this too shall pass.

  • Yui
  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Playing it forward, this is a man after my heart.

  • Junkanoo

    A good deed on both their parts

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yesssss!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Nicki it took you awhile,but you kept yo promise

  • Alextra Ballard

    He got some mental issues if this is true

  • Ms Thang

    Say what now???

  • MRiGOThim

    Congrats, Nicki...Geoffrey will be blessed :P

  • dontgetblocked

    He will be blessed. I looked up the Actor's Home and it helps actors who can't afford for long term housing and care. Why are all these Cosby actors broke?

  • Rayne

    Beautiful!

  • Allihave2say

    Integrity at it's finest. I liked him with his beard. He looked warm, happy and cozy.

  • Allihave2say

    Claire showed me what a loving successful mother looked like and was an ideal model for my developing years. I will not lose the legacy or the love I learned watching that show.

  • Allihave2say

    Which son?

  • Allihave2say

    Perfect. They do look like they're gossiping.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Looking forward to seeing new work by him.

  • tintin

    Cause Cosby show never went into syndication and Netflix didnt pick it up so they aint getting paid cause they aint getting work

    I wish they could have done what they did with full house on Netflix. Have Rudy and Vanessa and Theo all grown up and have Claire in and out

  • Renee26

    ? ?

  • Stl_heat

    That attention seeking bitch. Ugh ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Total opposite of Good Times....I refuse to watch any reruns of Good Times

  • Rere

    Damn y'all be on Nicki's ass, she gave him the money & the rest is history!!

  • Goodii2Shoes

    They tried to use his philanthropic endeavors as negotiating points for bc's sentencing. ... o'girl tryna get her points tallied ? The Actors Fund sounds like an interesting charity for him to gift the money to

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Ppl cannot fathom a person in the entertainment business being content with life & normalcy away from the business. Makes associating w/ industry ppl & non-industry ppl a job in & of itself .

  • Goodii2Shoes

    A good example of "fxck that money"

  • ShWa

    Can't wait to see him on Tyler Perry's HAHN.

  • ShWa

    Yep doesn't take away from his body of work-Love the Cosby show, A different World-positive black people on television.

  • Indies beauty

    Queen album is fire

  • SpiceGirl

    Phahahaha Onika...just showing you he don't need your money! He all right! But thanks anyway tho.....

  • DeeFromLA

    Not accurate. The Cosby show went into syndication in the 90's. The cast had been getting paid until the allegations on Cosby resurfaced and more accusers lined up. Cosby had been living off that content for years, and the cast was getting a check. Syndication just means licensing content for use on other networks, othe than the orginal network, AKA reruns. Back then most shows went into syndication after the 100th episode.

    The shows can still be seen on Hulu, probably not for long but still there. Cosby was still getting paid, not sure about he full cast. But the owner of the content was and Cosby. Malcolm J. Warner spoke on how his money was cut after the show was pulled in an interview on the view.

  • Guest

    I never liked GOOD Times, even when I was little. It was so degrading.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Fine time for her to send it. ?

  • Minkie Babie

    What took a while she has accountants handling her shit and he got his check cut at the time he was supposed to. Damn y’all hate Nikki

  • Enoughsaid2020

    The show's syndication was pulled, after Bill Cosby was found guilty, so they did not get anymore money.

  • Queen B

    Nothing but the devil's music

  • Queen B

    Salute to both of them

  • KEISHAKECIA
  • Nicol B

    classy! A good look for Nicki...FINALLY!!!

  • Nicol B

    she is an embarrassment to self-respecting black women!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I have to admit, in the beginning, I loved James and Florida. I also liked the fact that Michael was socially conscious, but when they killed James and turned Michael into a mini JJ, I was done.

    The show was set in Chicago's infamous Cabrini Green housing project. I knew families who lived there. They were everyday people with real struggles, not caricatures or buffoons.

  • Candance

    That ended nice!

  • Alextra Ballard

    and j.j. Dynomite still quirks my nerves

  • Indies beauty

    Still fire. #Ganjaburn