Since actor Geoffrey Owens was job-shamed for working at Trader Joe's, a larger conversation around day jobs began. 

Owens reclaimed his narrative and spoke candidly about the attention (both negative and positive) he received after a photo of him in his uniform went viral.

“There is no job that’s better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable,” the actor said.

Owens' situation inspired other black celebrities to come forward about their side hustles, a significant move due to their places in industries that are often glamorized. 

LaTavia Roberson, of OG Destiny Child fame, opened up about her work life following her exit from the popular girl group.

Jackée Harry of 227 and Sister, Sister fame also got real about how the only thing that stopped her from taking her talents to a "celebrity circus," was a loan and encouragement from fellow OG actress, Loretta Devine.  


Tyler Perry offered Owens a job on his OWN hit show, The Haves And The Have Nots.

Inspired by both Owens and Perry's decision to step up, 2000s sensation Comedian Lil JJ took to social media to let us in on what he is doing for work these days. According to Comedy Hype, Lil JJ is a recurring cast member on season 12 of Wild N Out, but still has another gig to get by.

"Somebody tell @tylerperry i need a offer too. Lmao My odd job hustle is impeccable! Shouts out to everybody working 9-5s to survive. Slow money is better then no money," the comedian wrote on Instagram. 


Now, check these out: 

Former 'Cosby Show' Star Geoffrey Owens Speaks Out On Job Shaming Drama While Rocking Trader Joe's Badge

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