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What FOX News Meant For Evil Is All Good for Geoffrey Owens




by G. Brown

Geoffrey Owens’ life has been like the opening of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.  The actor saw the best of times when he was part of the cast on the top rated “Cosby” sitcom in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  He saw the worst of times when a news network recently tried to shame the actor who had taken a job at grocery chain to make ends meet.

Social media had a meltdown as fans and other celebs stepped up to show support for

Comedian, actor, radio host D.L. Hughley made the story the subject of his notes from the #GEDSection as he dropped some knowledge about FOX News’ attempt to shame “us now cause we working?”

Owens says he fell onto tough times after the Bill Cosby sexual abuse and rape scandal caused networks to pull the syndicated show from the air.  That left a gaping hole in the budget of stars like Owens who depended on the residual money.  Owens is quoted in Essence magazine saying “... it impacted me financially. At the time that the show was pulled, that did make a difference in our income,” he revealed. “That was one of the elements that led to my getting to the place where I said to myself, ‘I have to do something’ and I was thinking, ‘What can I do?’ and the answer ended up being Trader Joe’s, which is actually a wonderful situation for me in many ways. ”

Owens’ humility and strength helped him stay positive  during one of the toughest points in his life.  Fortunately, movie director, TV show creator Tyler Perry saw the Owens story and reached out to him on social media. Perry signed Owens to a 10-episode role in his “The Have and the Have Nots” series which airs on Oprah’s OWN network.  And the good news just keeps on coming…

The woman who first posted the photo of Owens on social media has apologized for her part in all this. Owens says he forgives her. He may even owe her a debt of gratitude.  Perhaps she didn’t know that a news outlet would try to  kick a man they thought was down.  But down, doesn’t mean out.

Owens is the story of the American dream…one minute you can have it all, the next minute it’s all gone and then you find your way back to standing on firm ground.  You may eat a little humble pie, take on a job you never thought you would need with a degree from Yale and as the son of a former Senator.  Through it all, Owens kept his head held high.  To paraphrase another line from that novel we quoted at the beginning, when there was only darkness, Owens was the light.  At the worst time in his life, he showed  the best of himself–now that is character.

Character…it’s a word that should hang over the entry to Fox News to remind them of something they’re missing.


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    Shawn J.

    September 12, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    No comment, except that this young woman who job-shamed the former “Cosby” actor Geoffrey Owens for working at a Trader Joe’s store, at least she owed him an apology! It’s also nice that Nicki Minaj is donating $25,000 personally to the legend!

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    September 12, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    The cream always rises to the top. I am so happy for him.

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    NBA is fixed

    September 12, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Attention black women, I do not want to hear anymore statements about how there aren’t any good black men in America. Geoffrey Owens is a good black man. He is working hard, he has a job and he graduated from Yale. So what he isn’t money rich, he is rich in education, hard work and kindness. Guess what my beautiful sistas, there are thousands of black men similar to Geoffrey Owens. Stop chasing after men with money and chase after black men with love, sincerity and education. Major props to Geoffrey Owens and all of the strong, educated black men.

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    Karon Adams

    September 12, 2018 at 2:28 am

    This was an awesome article. I’m so glad that folks are stepping up. It’s good to see social media doing positive. As you so aptly stated, the devil meant it for evil, but God meant it for good. Geoffrey seems like a lovely man. May he continued to be blessed in his career and endeavors.

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