50 Cent Gives Back To Queens, New York With Help From Bette Midler

By Allen Starbury  |  11/04/2008

50 CentRapper 50 Cent gave back to his community of Queens, New York on Monday (November 3) with the opening of his Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Community Garden. He had a little help though -- from actress Bette Midler.

According to Midler, she nagged the rap superstar for sometime. Finally, 50 agreed and his G-Unity Foundation got involved.

"I called and nagged him," Midler told People. "His G-Unity Foundation gives a million dollars away every year in grants to non profits all over the city ... They're just brilliant."

The garden -- which is the most recent endeavor for Midler's New York Restoration Project -- is located in Jamaica, Queens, where 50 grew up and was sequentially shot before shooting to stardom. The garden will serve as a living classroom for neighborhood school children to learn about how food grows, reports People.

"We own 60 of these community gardens," Midler told MTV. "We took ownership of this one. This one was a very successful one, but they wanted little renovations here and there. We looked all over town for a group that was interested in these sort of things. We found G-Unity, which is Curtis' foundation. They were interested. This garden is mainly for kids, and they do a lot of things with kids."

"It's exciting ... and it was an opportunity for me to do something for the actual kids in the community," 50 added.

The rapper reportedly donated more than $200,000 to the project.

According to MTV, 50 has plans for more community style events in the future. He will launch "50's First Annual 40 Day," geared toward the people who live in and around the borough's South Jamaica Houses (a.k.a. "40 Projects") and is currently in the planning stages of "Baisley Day" for the neighborhood's Baisley Park, in which 50's community garden is located.

"We're gonna make it happen the way we been making it happen, right here," he told a crowd of locals who came out to the event.