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1969—

Playwright, actor, screenwriter, producer

Perry, Tyler, photograph. Francis Specker/UPI/Landov.

When the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman shot past the romantic comedy Hitch to become the top-grossing film in the United States in mid-March of 2005, Hollywood forecasters didn't know what had hit them. The film, a careening blend of self-help, romance, Christianity, and outrageous comedy featuring an unstoppable grandmother named Madea, had been turned down by a series of distributors and bore little resemblance to any movie hit that had appeared up to that point. What Hollywood hadn't reckoned with was the creative energy of writer Tyler Perry, who realized that a huge untapped audience was ready for the stories he had to offer—stories drawn on his own rags-to-riches story of abuse and redemption.

He was born Emmitt Perry Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 13, 1969. Perry's contractor father, he told Margena A. Christian of Jet, was a man "whose answer to everything was to beat it out of you." Perry tried to commit suicide, acquiring a pair of wrist scars that would last a lifetime. He escaped the crushing weight of abuse through class clown antics in school and through drawing and fantasy, taking the first name Tyler at age 16 because he didn't want to use his father's name. Perry dropped out of high school but later earned a GED and became a carpenter's apprentice. Another 25 or 30 jobs, he estimated, would follow before he found his true calling.

Inspired by Oprah

Perry's writing career got started one day while he was watching Oprah Winfrey's television talk show and heard Winfrey say that writing down one's experiences could be cathartic. "After I found a dictionary and looked up cathartic," he told People, "I realized what she was saying, so I started writing," unearthing memories that he called "God's little flashes of light." At first he wanted to be able to disclaim any connection to the events described in his journal if someone else found it, so he used invented names for the people he was writing about.

So the journal gradually evolved into a piece of creative work. "That's how my first play started, which features a character who confronts an abuser, forgives him, and moves on," Perry told Zondra Hughes of Ebony. Around 1990 Perry moved from New Orleans to Atlanta and finished working on the play, now titled I Know I've Been Changed. Working at a variety of jobs that included collection agent and used car salesman, he scraped together $12,000 in savings. In 1992 he rented out Atlanta's 14th Street Playhouse and mounted his own production of I Know I've Been Changed, with himself as director, producer, promoter, and star. Perry from then on, even after becoming successful, would insist on total creative control over his productions; it was the way he had learned to work.

At first, however, it was a disaster. A grand total of 30 people showed up during the play's weekend run, by the end of which Perry was discouraged and nearly broke. An investment from one of the 30 original attendees kept him from giving up, however. He performed I Know I've Been Changed in Atlanta and other smaller southeastern cities over the next few years, losing a job each time he took off to rehearse and present the play. Perry continued to hemorrhage money and to edge closer to homelessness. In 1997 he hit bottom. "I couldn't eat. I was living in my car, with a friend, or at one of those pay-by-the-week hotels," he told Jet's Christian. "It was a nightmare for me." Perry's mother, Maxine, tried to convince him to give up his theatrical quest, and one of their telephone conversations turned into a confrontation in which Perry stated that he was not responsible for the abuse he had suffered. Instead of being angry, he found that he experienced feelings of forgiveness.

Perseverance Paid Off

Perry rented Atlanta's House of Blues for one final try at theatrical success in early 1998. The heat in the theater went out, and Perry had feelings of despair as he put on his costume in a freezing dressing room. "I said, 'This is it. I'm not doing this anymore,'" he recalled to Christian. But he happened to look out a window and saw a block-long line of people waiting to see the show. The House of Blues sold out eight times in a row, forcing Perry to move the production to the much larger Fox Theatre. Nine thousand people viewed Perry's play, the Washington Post estimated, and gave the show a positive review; the theater scene that until then had often been referred to as the chitlin' circuit soon had the new name of urban theater. Producers who had turned Perry down quickly approached him about new projects, but he next chose to collaborate with Dallas evangelical pastor T.D. Jakes on an adaptation of his book Woman Thou Art Loosed.

Some would criticize Perry's plays for their mix of serious and farcical elements, but Perry shrugged off the critics. "They say that Tyler Perry has set the Black race back some 500 years with these types of 'chitlin' circuit' shows," he told Ebony's Hughes. "The problem with the naysayers is that they don't take the opportunity to see my shows. With my shows, I try to build a bridge that marries what's deemed 'legitimate theater' and so-called 'chitlin' circuit theater,' and I think I've done pretty well with that, in bringing people in to enjoy a more elevated level of theater." Along the way, Perry was encouraged by August Wilson, often considered the dean of African-American playwrights.

Concentrated on Madea Character

The Perry phenomenon continued to build, in fact, because he devised a strong comic character to complement his serious themes of healing. Madea was first introduced in Perry's 2000 play "I Can Do Bad All by Myself." The name Madea was a common Southern black contraction of "Mother Dear," also sometimes spelled M'Dear. Perry, in drag, played Madea himself. One of her theatrical ancestors was comedian Flip Wilson's Geraldine alter ego, but Madea, who talked trash, smoked marijuana, and carried a gun, was a more outrageous figure. Perry based her character on several older women he had known as a child in New Orleans.

"We watch with nostalgia when we think about this type of grandmother…," he reflected in conversation with Christian. "When she was around, everybody's kid belonged to her.… Now we're in a different time and different age where grandmothers are in their early and late 30s. People are looking for this Madea, the 68-year-old who doesn't care about being politically correct. She doesn't care what you think about her. She's going to tell the truth." Perry's performance as Madea earned him a Helen Hayes Award nomination in 2001 in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production—the first time an urban theater production had been honored at a traditional awards ceremony.

At a Glance …

Born Emmitt Perry Jr., September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, LA; son of Emmitt Perry Sr., a contractor. Education: GED.

Career:

Playwright, 1990s–.

Selected awards:

Helen Hayes Award nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production, 2001.

Addresses:

Office—Suite 400, North Tower, 235 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30303. Web—www.tyler-perry.com.

Part of the genius of the Madea character was that she could be transferred intact from storyline to storyline. Madea was featured in Perry's next play, 2001's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," as the grandmother of Helen McCarter, an Atlanta woman who is unceremoniously dumped by her attorney husband so that another woman can move into their home. Perry continued to hone his Madea act despite the rigors of the role–"I have to talk so high for two hours and the costume is really, really, really hot. I'm soaking wet under there," he complained to Christian. The effort was worth it, however, as he expanded the Madea franchise into new plays, Madea's Family Reunion (2002) and Madea's Class Reunion (2003), and Madea Goes to Jail (2005). Claiming profits of $50 million from his plays, which were widely distributed on DVD, Perry moved into a palatial new house on 12 acres outside Atlanta. "I don't care how low you go, there's an opposite of low, and as low as I went I wanted to go that much higher," he told Hughes. "And if there was an opposite of homelessness, I wanted to find it."

Filmed Diary of a Mad Black Woman

After Woman Thou Art Loosed was made into a successful film in 2004, Hollywood executives began to wake up to the financial clout of African-American theatrical audiences. Several studios approached Perry about filming Diary of a Mad Black Woman, but only one, Lions Gate (which had financial backing on the project from the BET cable channel), offered Perry the complete creative control on which he insisted. "The only way I was going to do this was if I was left alone," he told Aldore Collier of Jet. Starring Kimberly Elise as Helen McCarter and Steve Harris as her husband, the film opened in theaters early in 2005. Perry played three roles: Madea, her brother Uncle Joe, and Helen's cousin Brian.

The inspirational Diary of a Mad Black Woman received mixed reviews but quickly broke out beyond its African-American base. That base was already substantial. "My plays bring in 30,000 to 40,000 people a weekend, but my entire story has been completely underground," Perry pointed out to Claudia Puig of USA Today. After the film topped box-office charts, Perry was pursued by a variety of marketers eager to exploit his still-growing potential. A ten-publisher bidding war resulted in Perry being signed to write Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, slated for publication by Riverhead in 2006. Perry also planned to release a film version of Madea's Family Reunion that year, and the phenomenon of urban theater, thanks largely to Tyler Perry, was no longer invisible.

Selected works

Books

Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, Riverhead, forthcoming.

Film

Diary of a Mad Black Woman, 2005.

Plays

I Know I've Been Changed, 1998.

(With T.D. Jakes) Woman, Thou Art Loosed, 1999.

I Can Do Bad All by Myself, 2000.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman, 2001.

Madea's Family Reunion, 2002.

Madea's Class Reunion, 2003.

Madea Goes to Jail, 2005.

Sources

Periodicals

Black Enterprise, March 2001, p. 113.

Ebony, January 2004.

Entertainment Weekly, March 11, 2005, p. 12; April 29, 2005, p. 152; June 24, 2005, p. 149.

Essence, June 2000, p. 66.

Jet, December 1, 2003, p. 60; February 28, 2005, p. 51.

People, August 9, 2004, p. 101; March 7, 2005, p. 33.

Publishers Weekly, March 21, 2005, p. 12; April 18, 2005, p. 14.

USA Today, March 1, 2005.

Variety, February 28, 2005, p. 56; April 18, 2005, p. 2.

On-line

"Biography," Tyler Perry, www.tylerperry.com (August 7, 2005).

"Diary of a Mad Black Woman," Cinema Review, www.cinemareview.com/cast.asp?movieid=449905&castid=3521 (August 7, 2005).

—James M. Manheim

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almost 6 years ago

you're the best dude am proud of what you've done for yourself and for people like who wanna climb the ladder just like you despite of what we've been through we love you man and all the best for the future

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almost 6 years ago

Dear Tyler Perry:
I have written five (5) fiction novels and would like for you to take a look at one and tell me whether there is a interest in you to make a movie from it. No one has published the book yet BUT there isn't any doubt that I have put together a genuine piece of work but the problem I have is finding someone whom will help get this story and message out to the masses. Thank you for your interest in this matter.
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over 6 years ago

Tyler, somehow I couldn't sleep any longer. It was on my heart to write this. I too was sexual abuse as a child. I tried to send you a story that I wrote but some how I sent it to the wrong address. Maybe you didn't want it but I tried anyway. You really touch my heart when you where on Oprah's show, you and the two hundred men who step up and showed what happen to them. I hope one day you might want to read my story. The title is A Man Being Torn. Sincerely Yours Michael Arnold 96 Patterson St. Hartwell, Ga. 30643. Ph. 706-376-9843...

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about 6 years ago

true story. I was performing my job as a school bus aide. There were five students on the bus, they and the bus driver are white. A student assaulted me, first I ,then he struck me two times, police was call, they also harass me, pull me by the arm,off the bus an put me into the police car, I went to the dept. of human rights back in 11-2009, they just send me a letter 2-2011, and said THIS CHARGE HAS BEEN DISMISSED PURSUANT TO THAT AUTHORITY. I want Justice. They said I have to bring a civil action against the respondent in district court I have about 23 days left with no lawyer, I have talked to 35 lawyers. civil rights lawyers they say, but no will take the case. I'am a child of God, I pray everyday, no weapons forged against will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servant of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord. ISAIAH 54-17, I said this everyday. My father is 82 years old, I 'am 54 years,Mr. Perry my father said don't give up. I wrote to the president about this, NAACP. Dept.of Justice, ACLU, Have not heard from anyone, and time is running out. Lord what is I to do. I need help. Thank-you

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over 6 years ago

What can I say but, Excellent. I am so inspired by Tyler it's crazy. I love all your haters! People saying things that don't make sense because they don't have the annointing that Tyler has! I tell people all the time get your own annointing!!!

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about 10 years ago

Dear Mr. Perry,



Thank God for your inspiration to youth today. Your persistence in doing the will of God will allows prevail.



If you are ever in Chicago, please feel free to visit Nazarene All Nations Church 6510 South Ashland Avenue on Satrudays (Sabbath). Services are at 12:00pm. The Youth of the church love you as well as the adults. Our youth ministry has been great all because of the Love of God.



Be blessed and ever kept by his blood.



Yours in the Service for Christ,



Debra T. Mahaffey

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over 5 years ago

hi,how can i write a play,movie,xetera,pls reply love you.

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over 6 years ago

I find this sooooo Inspirational!!

Never give up.....there is yet a God of second chance.

No stopping him now!!! Keep on keepin on Bro"

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about 10 years ago

hi this is angel i love your plays and i like to sing and act i was wondering if i can be and one of your plays i no you will say no but please think about it i will be someboby kid a good kid please i love u i am a 11 years old please i sing with a group call champagin black stars and last years we went to the apolla in st. louis if not please give us tickets 25 please or 30 thank you or if not 5 or6

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about 10 years ago

hi this is benicia and i love your plays and i always have.i love acting and singing and everytime you bring a new play or movie out my dad sometimes have to take them because we watached them to much. can i get tickets to a play like 12 thank you very much.

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almost 6 years ago

you're the best dude am proud of what you've done for yourself and for people like who wanna climb the ladder just like you despite of what we've been through we love you man and all the best for the future

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almost 6 years ago

You Truly Inspire Me And That Is All!

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almost 6 years ago

there is one thing i realized about your various movies is you invole God in that is why i like your movies.

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almost 6 years ago

I want to commend Mr. Perry on his ability to overcome. I too am a play-write, I have not produced any of my work yet, and one of my projects concerns a character of Mr. Perry, and if he gets to see my idea someday soon he will say yeah man, lets do that. I hate he had to deal with the likes of Spike Lee,you never know who is a hater until they open their mouth.

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about 6 years ago

hi...this is kabria..how yu doind..tyler perry is ma other role model...his movies touch me in diffrnet ways..sometimes it makes me cry or laugh...bt mostly tell how its hard out here...

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about 6 years ago

My wife and i were introduced to Tyler Perry's movies.We enjoyed the satire, and especially Madea's part but also the message of transformation and change that can happen in a person, a family through practical and applied faith in Jesus Christ. We have seen three movies and i believe each one has a powerful message on the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please keep up the good work. May God richly bless many people's lives.
Owen

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about 10 years ago

I'm so happy that Tyler Perry was able to take something bad, and turn it into something good, and hopefully heal the pains of the past. Thank you for bringing your experiences to the light, and to life.

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over 4 years ago

Hello r Perry, I Know that the Almighty is contuning to bless you, it has been awhile writting you,iam so proud of what you have done and is doing to show our young people ,that if they set their minds for what they want inlife it will happen for them YOU! are living proof, I am proud of you with your success, out of my 2 books that I have writting ,Papa wasnt A rolling Stone, Now I am putting a play I have turnit into aplay for the high school kids in my town to try and build up their will power to let them see that they can be what they set out to be pray for me to make it asuccess May the Almighty bless and keep you Jacqueline W Dailey 2012

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about 5 years ago

From one EMMETT to another,
please do a story about our namesake EMMETT TILL.
I don't know what it is about our name but we seem to share the same early childhood abuse. I was named after my father, and he was great,though did not live long. I only continue using the name for carry on his memory, if not for him, I would have buried it and had piece. Please consider the movie, America needs Til's story told, by someone who understands how much harder it must have been to be him in his time.

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about 5 years ago

For class

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over 5 years ago

Hey my name is christa and i have been through hell and back im 25 years old and i was shot with a AK47 two times one and my back and one in my side and god save my life im trying to write a book about my life but dis is my#407-715-3582 thank you so much

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over 5 years ago

Hey my name is christa and i have been through hell and back im 25 years old and i was shot with a AK47 two times one and my back and one in my side and god save my life im trying to write a book about my life but dis is my#407-715-3582 thank you so much

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over 5 years ago

Hey my name is christa and i have been through hell and back im 25 years old and i was shot with a AK47 two times one and my back and one in my side and god save my life im trying to write a book about my life but dis is my#407-715-3582 thank you so much

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over 5 years ago

Hey my name is christa and i have been through hell and back im 25 years old and i was shot with a AK47 two times one and my back and one in my side and god save my life im trying to write a book about my life but dis is my#407-715-3582 thank you so much

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over 5 years ago

Hey my name is christa and i have been through hell and back im 25 years old and i was shot with a AK47 two times one and my back and one in my side and god save my life im trying to write a book about my life but dis is my#407-715-3582 thank you so much

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over 5 years ago

Hey my name is christa and i have been through hell and back im 25 years old and i was shot with a AK47 two times one and my back and one in my side and god save my life im trying to write a book about my life but dis is my#407-715-3582 thank you so much

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about 6 years ago

hi,tyler my name is robert robinson i watched the oprah winfrey show today and the story of her half sister inspired me to reach out to you i have attmpted in the past to find you i am your half brother i really would like to meet you and build a relationship don't want anything more than to know you please feel free to email me if you read this please respond my story is real.sincerely robert robinson.

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over 6 years ago

I want to thank you,you touch my heart.I have been molested by three of my mother boyfreinds started at age two, untill I was 14yrs old. do I have a story to tell. I told my mother at the age 19 she hung up the phone on me.When i heard your story i cried.The sad part I dont have family, so I have a lot bottle inside. I would love to take the time to tell you my story. THANK YOU SO MUCH TYLER.

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over 6 years ago

Hi! Tyler i looking forward to see you with my two eyes. Since ever i saw your you inspired me by bringing back holliwood pictures by popular demand. So keep up the good work,may god bless the things you are doing thank you.

Kindly regards
Linda Mahafa

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over 6 years ago

i am from new orleans i am 44 yrs old. i wrote my first play in 2001 it was a blessing. i went to your high school walter l. cohn i remeber you i pray that God keeps using you please do not forget where you come from and one day we will share the stage togather. i am a late baby bloomer but God still has a purpose and a plan for my life and i thank him everyday. i want to be a blessing not rich

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over 6 years ago

Hi T. I never heard about you I was watching Larryking on cnn he was talking to Janet Jackson. I said yes this is the moment I have been waiting for and I believe you are the right person to work with on my story. I have a real life story that can be turned into a film. I have a manuscript already. Please don't ignore my commet. Thank you

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over 6 years ago

I like tyler because he has made me a older black woman realize my goal or purpose in life. now I have written my firsr book and I am so proud of myself. Thanks Tyler Perry

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over 6 years ago

Im inspired by your movies. are you a christian Tyler.You really have a great tallent. MAN I WISH YOU ARE THE MINISTER.



Take care bro

May God bless you.



Adorn Thango

South Africa (KZN)

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over 6 years ago

Mr.Perry, you are a remarkable man your talent is a God given talent and a special blessing for you.Don't ever forget the Lord, because he's all we've got. Iam stuggling trying to get through college I am a Criminal Justice major here at Daytona State college. My Mom and I watch Diary of a Mad Black Woman almost every night, I wish that we could meet you in person Some day,when I grow up I will be just like you, But as a CSI agent, with the hopes of making movies too. we Love you Tyler. may God continue to Bless you.

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over 6 years ago

i saw you today on opra i felt like it was me you was talking about i have pass something like your life i am so happy that you have peole that can help i heard the way you spoke about hate and forgiveness i hate that you had carry makes it worst i know i have been living something like that 32 years it funny ever since i been watch your program i know always their was a connect please dont laugh i know is sounds cray i know cause i always saying the same thing i have been in my depreesion so long that i got use to it at lest this is so cray i am writning this and dont even know but i do know i am so happy for i wish i had the strenght that you have also while you talk on opra show i thought you was talking to me so once again god bless and be proud of your self always

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over 6 years ago

HI MR.PERRY HOW DO YOU REMEMBER THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE IN YOUR CHILDHOOD? I WAS TOUCHED BY MANY AND I WAS ONLY 3 WHEN IT BEGAN. I HAVE MANAGED TO BLOCK IT OUT MAYBE TO NOT REMEMBER THE PAIN AND THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING THAT CAME WITH WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

THE NIGHTS WERE ALWAYS UNBEARABLE AND EVEN NOW 40 YEARS LATER I CAN'T SLLEP ALONE IN THE DARK. I FEEL YOUR PAIN AND RELATE AND I HOPE ONE DAY I CAN BE UNAFRAID

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over 6 years ago

Mr. Perry I would like to Thank You for sharing your great mind and love with people. I Love your movies and Im a huge fan. I watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition with you starring in it and it was great also. There arent many people that are able to help people like you do. I dont have much myself but I wish I could help people make their dreams come true also. Im so sorry for all the pain you have endured in your life. I pray for you and again I thank you for the heart touching and life changing movies that I and your other fans are so lucky to enjoy.

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over 6 years ago

Mr Perry,you such an inspiration..your films appeal to all Black people even here in Southern Africa.Reading about your humble begginings has inspired me to be more passionate about this Art of film.

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over 6 years ago

I ageee somewhat with "Spike" Lee's assessment and comments, but after trying to list, serious African American (Black) shows on Network TV over the past 15 years, there have been few to none. The only way a Network will accept the concept of "Black Family Life", would be through a comedic lens.

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over 6 years ago

hi mr. perry im looking for the sound track to i can do bad all by myself can you tell me where to purchase it please. thanks

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over 6 years ago

Hello Mr perry this is the second time that I have written to you today, I hope you recieved the first comment about you you are a gift to any one who is trying to move up in success in their life. Just be thankful, and the Almighty will truly Bless you in everthing that you preceed to do I have writtern a book of poems and I would like you to have a copy. how can I send you acopy? title Love Faith and Patience is the Key Belief That The Almighty is Peace just type in Love Faith and Patience and you can view it I also have a short novel, Papa Wasn't A Rolling Stone, it is about a about a family of Indian , Black and White heritage, afather with seven kids inwhich his frist wife died and he married asecond time ,aman with his own farm that he own doing the1900's and two of his young daughters whom he lovered dearly died mysteriously. I would like for you to have this book also, because I would like for it to be made into a movie and I would like your opinion about it Thank you Jacqueline W. Dailey I live in Evergreen Al

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over 6 years ago

Mr. Tyler Perry



I am a big fan of yours I liked how you turned you life around. I hope if you ever come to Greenville,NC I have a little girl who has Sickle cell and she can act and dance. I would love for you to meet her she just got out of the hospital she is a strong little girl with a lot of faith.

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almost 7 years ago

i think thay tyler perry is an inspiration and a hope for a lot of people around the world. i think that its beautiful when you see some one doing something or a scheme of things, and has a theme behind it, i think its very beautiful.

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about 10 years ago

I know your wondering what's going on in this world,the problem is to many people want to talk to the boss instead of the one that knows what's going on. Your work has motivated me to dothings i never thaught i would be able to do. People have often complimented me on how i preceive matters,i get the feeling you do to. In this world you have no choice but to be more than a conquer. After that doctor found out i had HPV and didn't treat it (now i have cancer)I believe pointing out the fact that the doctor did it is different enough,now Africans feel me coming.

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3 months ago

I request contact email address please

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over 1 year ago

Dear Mr. Tyler Perry:
I'm Mr.Billy Dee Writing to inform you that I want to become a celebrity,and will love the chance to work with you for $2.5 Trillion Dollars, and more. I want to know when can we meet,and where at?. I want you to know that admire your movie of the lady character Madea. I want you to tell Miss Janet Jackson That I said hello,and all your cast members. I want you to call you and audiction for a part in your television episode, and maybe one day you can show me your mansion.I want to ask you to help a brother in a serious time of need. I need a apartment very soon.I've been evicted from my penthouse apartment, and need to ask you for $250,000.00,or $10 million dollars. I'll pay you back soon We can become the greatest of friends.I want you to tell my every enemies not to place a price on my life for death. As a matter of fact you can help me to kill all my every enemies if that is your kind of business.I'm very ambitious,and want to make musical videos,and create a episode for myself comedy of course. I'll write back soon. Have a nice day.

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almost 2 years ago

Hi Mr.Perry I am a woman asking you for some help l.have a job that they rob me my pay I had to give up my apartment because I cannot pay the rent Amy more,they are days I have no food my transportation is the bus and, they are day I have to walk to where I have to go,so I an asking you for a little help.I do not ask for help from any one. But at this present time I am living with some friend the job that I an doing is taking care of the elderly people I like doing it they do not like paying for the job.So can you please help me I cannot buy any.uniform,or sneakers to wear,so please can you help me pleaseI am living in Newark. New Jersey.Please help me.Mr Perry I just need some help,

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over 2 years ago

The beauty within you shines through. Just watched my first Tyler Perry movie on lifetime. Can't even remember the name of the movie can't even say it was the best movie I've ever seen, but there is just something so calming and soothing about you. Reading what you've been through breaks my heart but through that pain you shine through.

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almost 4 years ago

Hello TYLER! I know that the Almighty is continuallyBlessing you!The Almighty is aloving Lord, do not forget Him And you will always stay on top of whatever you want and you will keep whatever you got. I am putting on a play from my short noval, Papa Wasn't A rolling Stone, it isfound on the internet just type my name in, and yuo can few it. always thank the Almighty in good and bad because He is loving in happiness and sad Jacqueline W. Dailey