"Boyz n The Hood" actor, Cuba Gooding Jr., ditches his mask to do his part in keeping people's spirits up by serenading the nurses working amid the pandemic in Anaheim, California.
Cuba decided to appreciate the essential workers of the city that houses Disneyland and the Angels and Ducks sports teams. Before the actor began singing for the brave essential workers, he said:
"We're gonna make it through this thing. We're gonna be stronger than we ever were. On a personal note, I lived in Anaheim."
Cuba Gooding Jr. at a SiriusXM Interview | Photo: Getty Images
Gooding revealed that Anaheim, which had become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus, was where he had lived for a long while, homeless and alone.
But the good people of the city came to his rescue always and made sure that he and his family were catered for. With hope in his voice, Cuba assured the workers in the hospitals that they had the support of the good, faithful Anaheim people.
With his mask hanging off one ear, he belted out the lyrics to an uplifting song he had learned as a young boy in a church. The song brought hope and support to the workers who were at the front lines fighting the virus.
Gooding added that he could not wait to get back to watching the Anaheim Ducks hockey games and happy trips to Disneyland, but in the meantime, he would continue to encourage the heroes.
Gooding voluntarily surrendered himself to the police in June 2019.
"Be strong - we love you, we're here for you ... we love you and stay strong."
Cuba's message of hope and goodwill came amid a personal battle of his own. In 2019, the actor fell into a complicated legal battle over an accusation of groping a woman who had not given consent.
Gooding voluntarily surrendered himself to the police in June 2019 and was charged with a third-degree misdemeanor abuse.
Some months after that, it was reported that another person had charged him yet again for an offense that was not disclosed. The actor's case continued to drag on in court.
The legal tussle went back and forth with Cuba's defense attorney bringing two witnesses to testify that they were present at the scene and had not witnessed the altercation.
The trial dragged on into 2020, and the actor's next trial was scheduled for April 21. His prosecutors' witnesses said that Cuba had a habit of touching women without their consent. This allegation put him in a much precarious position.
Despite the unpleasant situation that Gooding has found himself in over the past year, he still wanted to make sure that those doing good in his hometown knew that they were appreciated and loved.