“I think the best advice she’s given me is about just living in the moment. For me, I just want to make sure that I’m enjoying it as much as I can.And that’s what is so important, you have to enjoy it. '” Winfrey recounts about Perry’s first OWN show, “The Haves and Have Nots,” a prime-time drama fueled by connivers, sex and blackmail, now in its fourth season. “And he’d say, ‘I’m telling you it’s gonna work.’ And every time he’s been right.” Knowing the audience and what they want has been the key to Perry’s success, going back to when he was putting on plays in the chitlin circuit with a loudmouth, irascible gun-toting character that would become known as Madea.
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Chief on his list of priorities, though, is his 1-year-old son Aman.
When he traveled last year with his play “Madea on the Run,” he made sure Aman was with him, with his mother, Perry’s statuesque girlfriend Geilila Bekele, in tow.
Perry partly blames the dearth of opportunities for blacks in film when he came to prominence more than 10 years ago for the backlash he’s faced.
“Black people think that because you are black, you have an obligation to only tell certain sides of our color and our culture. You are not allowed to show to the ‘white folks’ all that we are as black people,” he said. I am a man who grew up looking at my uncle with his ashy knees, making jokes about all kinds of things that were inappropriate.
“And it’s not for everyone, but the whole purpose is to make sure I continue the path I am on.” ___ Online: AP Writer Alicia Rancilio contributed to this story.
We’ve got the scoop on Tyler Perry’s upcoming appearance on “The Real.” Perry, who wears many hats, from producer to director to actor, revealed what it is like to take on the role of new dad. And I’m able to give him all the love and all the things that I never had. It’s amazing." Aman has two very famous godmothers: Oprah Winfrey and Cicely Tyson! He teased “not bad,” adding, “Cicely Tyson is his godmother, too, so I have to say that or she’ll get me.
He’s also been tapped by TLC to write, produce and direct the political drama “Too Close to Home,” which will be its first scripted series.
And he was selected to host the live television adaptation of the story of Jesus of Nazareth’s final days, “The Passion,” which recently aired on Fox to mixed reviews and success.
NEW YORK (AP) — When Tyler Perry began creating shows for the then-struggling OWN Network four years ago, he’d send the scripts he’d written to Oprah Winfrey for approval — and she’d wince. And like Perry, who was abandoned by his father, grew up in poverty and survived sexual abuse, his audience is familiar with struggle.