Chad Ochocinco may best be known for his wild NFL career and his equally wild love affair with fiancée, Evelyn Lozada. But Ochocinco now wants you to know him as a generous humanitarian and celebrity.
According to NY magazine, the New England Patriot recently channeled generous mogul Oprah Winfrey and treated 200 of his Twitter followers to an $8,000 soul food feast.
On March 12, Ochocinco contacted Trenness Woods-Black, the handler of communications at Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem and notified her that he wanted to host a dinner for as many fans as possible. After the two agreed on 200 people, Ochocinco sent out a tweet to his three million followers announcing the dinner.
“Dinner in NY tonight 1st 200 people at Sylvia’s Restaurant by 7 pm in Harlem. Leave ya money/credit cards at home,” tweeted Ochocinco.
Within minutes, a line had formed around the block, and as promised, the first 200 fans were treated to a feast that included fried chicken, barbecue ribs, mac and cheese and more. For the feast, Ochocinco reportedly shelled out $7,914.
Now that’s definitely what you call being a generous and good sport. But Ochocinco isn’t the first to give back to his fans and community. Check out seven other random acts of celebrity kindness
Lupe Fiasco Vows to Feed Chicago
Back in August, outspoken rapper Lupe Fiasco made a vow to feed 100 Chicagoans a day in honor of Ramadan. Lupe teamed up with the Block by Block initiative as well as The New Birth Christian Center and The West Englewood Methodist Church to provide meals in the Windy City’s Southside and West neighborhoods.
Ludacris Provides Books to 30,000 Students
One of hip-hop’s most lyrically advanced emcees shared his love of literacy in September when he teamed with Better World Books and DoSomething.org to launch the Epic Book Drive. With the help of more than 100,000 participants, Luda was able to provide over 250,000 school books to 69 libraries that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and ultimately provided 30,000 students with new books.
50 Cent Launches “Street King” Global Food Charity
Besides disparaging bullying, over the summer of 2011, 50 Cent launched his Street King initiative, a plan to feed one million of the world’s starving kids through the sales of his new Street King energy drink. And although his second initiative, “One Like = One Meal,” failed to reach its goal of feeding two million kids in one week, 50 Cent’s causes are still doing wonders in the fight to end world hunger.
Hip-Hop Lends Support to Occupy Wall Street Movement
Hip-hop has long been the voice of the people, so when the nation’s common man decided to speak out against corporate corruption through the Occupy Wall Street Movement, hip-hop responded accordingly, with celebs like Russell Simmons, Lupe Fiasco, Bun B, David Banner, Kanye West, Questlove and 50 Cent lending their support to the cause.
Oprah Feeds the Nation KFC
In 2009, Oprah Winfrey decided to feed the nation chicken when she offered coupons for free grilled chicken meals at KFC.
50 Cent Feeds African Kids
After pledging to feed the world’s hungry children last year, 50 Cent made good on his promise when he traveled to Africa in February and hand-delivered meals to kids in Somalia and Kenya.