Tyler Perry is a controversial man. People either love his work with a passion, or hate it with a passion. Some have even slammed him for his stereotypical depiction of black people. The one thing everyone can agree on is that he is amazingly successful at what he does. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2005, he released his first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million between May 2010 and 2011.
All his success didn’t happen overnight but you too can learn his secret to success. Earlier this week, Perry posted a video blog on his Facebook fan page that gave a lot of inquiring minds an answer to the million dollar question –“How did you make it?” In the video, he reveals that a lot of people try to have hundreds of trades in hopes that something will pop off and they will become a millionaire but Perry believes you should try something simpler. “Narrow your focus to one idea and make it work. It will give birth to all the others,” he said.
This is what he had to say about his journey of how he went from living in his car to being one of the highest paid men in entertainment:
There’s only one answer for that and I say this all the time in the press but people cut it out of articles or they don’t want to print it or they don’t want to say it. The truth be told, it was nothing but the grace of God. Nothing But The Grace of God.
You can plant seeds all day long; you can go around giving your business cards to people. You can go around knocking on doors and auditioning; you can do all of that every day of your life and for most people nothing happens. When a seed is planted in the ground all you can do it water it. You cannot control the sunshine. You cannot control the weather and you cannot control what the locust will come and try to destroy. All you can do is plant your seed in the ground, water it and believe. That is what allowed me to be in this position right now. (more…)
Beautiful actress Kerry Washington is this month’s cover subject on Capitol File Magazine. I think she’s incredibly hot. Like the black Angelina Jolie Inside the issue, she discusses her role in ‘For Colored Girls’ which is a great film by Tyler Perry. Try to watch it if you can. The cast includes Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, Michael Ealy, Macy Gray and Omari Hardwick.
The film is based on For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf written by Ntozake Shange, which is a series of 20 poems. Shange’s poetry expresses the many struggles and obstacles that African-American women face throughout their lives. It is performed by a cast of seven women characters, each of whom is known only by a color: “Lady in Yellow,” “Lady in Purple,” etc. The poems deal with love, abandonment, rape, and abortion, embodied by each woman’s story, e.g. Lady in Blue’s visceral account of a woman who chooses to have an abortion, and Lady in Red’s tale of domestic violence. The end of the play brings together all of the women for “a laying on of hands,” in which Shange evokes the power of womanhood as the Lady in Red begins the mantra “I found God in myself/and I loved her/I loved her fiercely.”
You can read an excerpt from Kerry’s interview and see more pics of her after the break. (more…)
Tyler Perry was on the Oprah show Wednesday night and he opened up about being physically and sexually abused three times before he even reached the age of 10. I think it takes alot of guts to come out with something like this. No one would just volunteer to put themselves out there with such a sad story. I think he’s doing it with the hope of changing lives and showing people that there’s always hope, even after such tragedy. For that alone, I think he’s a Shujaa!
During the hour long segment, he revealed that his father once beat him so bad that he blanked out for a few days: (more…)
…according to Boondocks. LMAO!!! That show cracks me up. The rumours have been around for quite a while now but I never pay attention. Bring me some proof, please and thank you. Hope Tyler will be able to laugh this off. After all, so did Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and R. Kelly. Aaron McGruder and crew subliminally outed director/playwright Tyler Perry. The episode titled ‘Pause’ triggered a storm of tweets on Twitter. (more…)