Omari Hardwick borrowed money from 50 Cent twice while filming Power. He spoke to the hosts of The Pivot Podcast, where he revealed the payouts from his previous roles were significantly low. Thankfully, Hardwick is now reaping the benefits of his long-standing career but it was a journey to get there.
Omari Hardwick has been featured in movies such as For Colored Girls, Gridiron Gang and Next Day Air. He’s also been in the television series, Being Mary Jane, and had a small role in the film Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah. While those roles have gained him notoriety, his pockets didn’t reflect his popularity.
According to Atlanta Black Star, Omari Hardwick told co-host Channing Crowder that those roles didn’t pay him what he was worth. “I still haven’t made what I should have made. I still never made the money, no, the money, I never made what I should have made. Never.” Since he was the face of Starz for his role in Power, Omari Hardwick borrowed money from 50 Cent to help him and his family stay afloat. But he made sure he paid it back with interest.
“For me to give it back to 50 with interest, I was just so proud to be able to do that… he gave me $20,000 and then the next summer he gave me $23 [thousand] — and absolutely he adores J and the kids, he might like them more than me. It was absolutely given in a way you know, ‘Take care of the family, bro.’” Hardwick also mentioned in the interview that Black people aren’t taught to pay money back. Here’s a clip of the interview:
The perception & reality of the face of a network can be totally different. So, when @OmariHardwick needed money @50cent showed love, but respect was gained when O paid him back plus interest. @thepivot @FredTaylorMade @OfficialCrowder @alicialauren https://t.co/jMZGv2OLH0 pic.twitter.com/MLcL7uoqkS
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) May 28, 2022
50 Cent has loaned money to various celebrities. The most known and controversial one is 50 Cent loaning money to Teairra Mari. There are many things people can say about 50 Cent but they can’t say he doesn’t take care of people financially. He just wants his money back with interest in a timely manner. 50 Cent respects Hardwick for being able and willing to pay back the loan.
Omari Hardwick borrowed money from 50 Cent during a peak time in his career. Would you have done the same thing if you were in his shoes? Leave a comment below.
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