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Tyler Perry Celebrates 20 Years In Show Business Today - Join Him!

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 10, 2012 6:41 PM
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Tyler Perry

I actually had a moment when I thought, wait a minute, his first film was released in 2005, so either his math is faulty, or I'm missing something. Then I realized, oh yeah, he's been on the black theater circuit for a long time now - since 1992, when he was just a young 22 years old who'd bought into the so-called Horatio Alger myth, hustling like a beast in Atlanta, trying to make something of himself, and climb society's socioeconomic ladder.

20 years later, after countless stage shows, and just about as many feature films in 7 years as Stanley Kubrick made in his entire multi-decade career, look where he is now - a multi-millionaire, and one of the few black people in Hollywood whose name can get a project greenlit. 

And for his next trick...???

A snippette of his message to his fans, posted ealier today on his website:

Today I celebrate my 20th anniversary in show business. It’s been an amazing journey, one that I will detail in my autobiography one day. You would be surprised, inspired, angry and blown away with what I’ve endured to be here, but until then I’d like to share a little inspiration with you. So many times we think that because one thing didn’t go as planned we should give up on it. So many people leave their dreams dying on the floor, gasping for air because it didn’t work out the first time. Be it marriage, business, children, faith, whatever your dream is, you can't give up because it didn’t go as planned. If I had walked away because it didn’t work you wouldn’t be reading this. I had to keep moving. Yes, there were setbacks. Yes, it was difficult, but I got to see my dreams come to pass because I never stopped moving forward, I never stopped praying and most of all I never stopped believing. DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!! PLEASE DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!! Say this to yourself out loud right now: “DON’T STOP BELIEVING”, and repeat it to yourself whenever you doubt that you can make it.

Cue rock band Journey's 1981 smash single... I'm singing it as I type this right now, I swear; it's maybe no coincidence that the last name of the lead singer of Journey at the time the track was initially recorded is also Perry - as in Steve Perry; no relation though.

There's more where that came from; Tyler's letters to his fans usually aren't just a few sentences; the man is, if anything, enthusiastic and loquacious. An unwavering optimist when addressing his fans, I'd say he'd make a fine preacher actually.  

For the rest of his celebratory message today - a much shorter one than usual I should add - click HERE.

Otherwise, a big round of applause to Tyler Perry on this milestone. 

Mr Perry, we'll see you in another 20 years; and hopefully, by then, Madea will be in your distant past, you'll probably be one of the few black faces on the Forbes 400 list of richest people in the world, you and Spike Lee will be BFFs, you would've mastered the art and craft of filmmaking, and maybe there'd be one or two Kubrick-like classics on your resume.


Take it away Steve Perry:

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  • justsaying | July 12, 2012 2:30 PMReply

    Whether we like his work or not, I'd like to shine a brighter line on his superb ability to maintain an audience, market himself and films, and his ability to continuously build on his platform. It's not magic. It's work that he is putting in. I'd like to see a post dedicated to that to evaluate what can be replicated and transfered to other filmmakers. Something can always be learned from someone else's success.

  • justsaying | July 12, 2012 2:30 PM

    brighter light*

  • CREE | July 11, 2012 11:10 PMReply

    DAyum.... people are missing the point. HE'S NOT trying to "master" the art of filmaking... HE'S DOING THINGS HIS WAY........ CAN YOU DIG IT? If not go take a NAP. #SIMPLESHIT

  • CareyCarey | July 11, 2012 1:24 PMReply

    Don't even try it James Evan! They say mockery is the sincerest form of flattery, but you haven't paid enough dues at this blog to be included in the same breath with Tambay and Adam Scott Thompson. So I don't know why you'd fix your lips to imply that you should get a special "post"/comment? No-No... OH NO NO, when you bring it like Akimbo, Nadine, Blutopaz, JMac, Charles, Sergio, Bondgirl, artbizzy,Laura, Jug, Misha, (and even Kid Chaos *lol*) etc, then your name MIGHT appear in lights and you could get a post especially for you. (Who is James Evens from the projects?)Until then, when you have nothing to say, say nothing. Or , I would suggest that you hookup with Sonofbaldwin b/c two heads are better than one, even if one is a pumpkin head. I mean, the two of you might come up with something worth talking about.

  • James Evans from the Cabrini-Green | July 12, 2012 8:41 AM

    Dang, Carey, guess you done tolt ME a thing or two. You're right, I'll need to spend more time "blogging" on showbiz internet comment boards to catch up with the likes of you. How do you even find the time to acknowledge my foolish writings in the midst of making your next multimillion dollar film deal? The mind reels. You and Tyler Perry should make an action buddy cop movie and call it "Madea and Carey Send Biting Comments To People On The Interwebs". Hundred million the first weekend.

  • sandra | July 11, 2012 11:29 AMReply

    Happy anniversary, Tyler! Your tenacious spirit is a true inspiration. :-)

  • PRISS | July 10, 2012 11:04 PMReply

    am i the only one that realizes that tambay was actually being generous in this write-up? what the hell are you people griping about?

  • CareyCarey | July 10, 2012 11:14 PM

    Come on Priss, as you once told me - RESPECT. I mean, "generous" says what? I (and apparently others) heard subtle backhand slaps and snide innuendos.

  • CareyCarey | July 10, 2012 10:12 PMReply

    SHADOW and ACT (all in black), aka, The King Coon Hunter and his sidekick "The Pot Stirrer". By day, Adam Scott Thompson is an aspiring writer and filmmaker who works in his home town's sanitation department. His fellow crime-fighter, Tambay Obenson, is employed by a secret underground black organization "B.Z.C.B". At night they ban together; assisting each other in putting on their signature leopard spandex leotards, complete with R&B's Cameo's style codpieces, in preparation to thwart the fun and success of Tyler Perry. They will scale the highest keyboards to hit a midget with a brick -- AND -- kick a man while he's celebrating his 20th anniversary in show business. In other words, they're a couple of mean "blackShutYoMouths". Soooooooo, WAY TO GO MR. PERRY! DON'T STOP BELIEVING, no matter what The Coon Hunter and The Pot Stirrer has to say about it. *lol*

  • Joseph G. | July 11, 2012 12:53 PM


  • CareyCarey | July 11, 2012 9:37 AM

    No James, I'm going to call you Suck Butt. Geez, of course I know this is Tambay's site so I was just being facetious. But noooooooo, you're trying to start some mess. And you better believe that your comments have not shown that you deserve to be in the mix with Tambay and Adam. You're still a Rookie. So nope, as Little Richard said, Keep on knocking but you can't come in, come back tomorrow night and try it again.

  • James Evans from the Cabrini-Green | July 11, 2012 8:35 AM

    CareyCarey, you certainly do have moxie! Never mind that Tambay is allowed to express his opinion on the website he created! Why don't we just cut to the chase and you go head on and add my name to your "List of Clever Names" list along with "Coon Hunter and Pot Stirrer". You can call me "Guy Who Thinks CareyCarey Sucks Like Madea Movies." That has a pretty ring to it, I think.

  • CareyCarey | July 10, 2012 11:02 PM

    Well SunShineof Baldwin, if that's a bait, I am not biting today. You have to come with a little more zeal and witticism. As it stands, as of lately, you've reduced yourself to a "wisecracker" and that's never clever nor cute. Please pickup your game if we're going to do this, please.

  • SonofBaldwin | July 10, 2012 10:30 PM

    Go masturbate to Madea like you usually do since that's the closest you'll get to a real black woman, racist trash!

  • Joseph G. | July 10, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    He has to to have a film like Stanley Kubrick and be friends with Spike Lee to be doing something right? Some of us are so jaded.

  • Joseph G. | July 12, 2012 2:34 AM

    Thank you, CareyCarey.

  • CareyCarey | July 11, 2012 5:20 PM

    JOSEPH G, you are killing this one! And I am here to tell you that there are people who understand exactly what you're saying. Your analogy of the R&B artist and the Country singer was so on point that I stood up and applauded. I believe what Marie and others are refusing to accept is that they do not speak for everyone. Her "opinion" is based solely from her reference of what "she" receives from a film, or better yet, what she's looking for in her entertainment. Consequently, when she and others from "that ilk" get so entrenched in their "opinions" they refuse to listen to, or cannot hear those who disagree with them. Her insisting that you missed the point will attest to that. She missed the point... point blank, and I believe she's experiencing a bit of denial. @ Marie, your question: "do you have the same low expectations for your favorite athletes and singers? Do you expect athletes and singers to improve with every output or do you expect them to remain on the same level throughout their careers?". First, your question is woefully flawed. The premise of which is based on an ASSUMPTION that those of us who enjoy some of Tyler Perry's films, believe they are "low"... "subpar". As Joseph G implied, that's your opinion, and obviously has nothing to do with why we enjoy his movies as a source of entertainment. Second, whenever I decide to follow an athelete or singer, I have obviously decided what I enjoy about their performance which has little or nothing to do with whether they will IMPROVE with EVERY output or not! Marie, can you see why your question make no sense whatsoever? If you cannot concede that point, I'll just charge it to "denial" and your entrenched position. I understand.

  • JOSEPH G. | July 11, 2012 12:47 PM

    Marie, How can you tell someone there is no debating YOUR OPINION. Some people feel like a R&B artist is 100% at all times and those same people may think a Country singer is not 100% at all times, but the fact of the matter is, that if those people don't take interest in Country music, of course they are not going to be satisfied. I'm telling you to stop thinking your opinion is a fact. Your network is not that big to say everyone feels a certain way, cause then you would be famous. I enjoy some Tyler films, and some I think could be better, but I doesn't make me attack his character. You looked over what I said in favor of your own opinion in regards to Kubrick films. Not everyone is looking to do Kubrick film. Why is it that you couldn't reference a black filmmaker who makes films in the same genre? I get tired of snotty actors and wannabe filmmakers, feeling as if the only way someone can make good films is if they make films with white actors, and stories without urban themes. That's that brainwashed Hollywood form of thinking. I respect a Spike, Tyler, Mario, George Tillman for what they do. I would give constructive criticism if I didn't like something, but I am not self-righteous to think my feelings are fact. Also, like I said, it's no need to bash someone as a person, because their story doesn't interest us, but this site goes after successful black artist. So, Marie, with all due respect, I don't think all his films are mediocre, because he has found an entertaining way to deliver positive messages. Thank You.

  • Marie | July 11, 2012 9:19 AM

    Joseph G., I think you're missing the point. The Kubrick reference refers to a filmmaker who pushed the medium and made well-crafted films. Perry, on the other hand, has not shown a proficiency for his chosen profession. His writing, directing and editing are, after 13 films, still amateurish. I always ask the Perry supporters the same question that they never answer: do you have the same low expectations for your favorite athletes and singers? Do you expect athletes and singers to improve with every output or do you expect them to remain on the same level throughout their careers? Despite his success and by all objective criteria, Perry's works are at best mediocre. Sorry, there's no debating it.

  • Joseph G. | July 11, 2012 12:22 AM

    Ladybug, you are missing my point. Not everyone wants to make a Kubrick film, nor watch one. That's the freedom of a storyteller to tell the stories they want to tell. There is an audience for Tyler's films, even if you ain't apart of that audience. There is a fine line between critiquing someone's work and bashing the individual. You all cross it often.

  • JOSEPH G. | July 11, 2012 12:19 AM

    Ladybug, you are missing my point. Respect the storyteller. Not everyone wants to make a Kubrick film, nor see one. People can make out just fine telling the stories that was put on their heart. Clearly, there is an audience for Tyler's films, and it's alright if that audience does not include you. Anytime, you need to bash someone, ask yourself what they did wrong to really deserve it?

  • NO BRAINER | July 10, 2012 10:15 PM

    Funny LADYBUG.

  • Ladybug | July 10, 2012 8:02 PM

    It's a joke . . . he and spike will likely never be friends and it is highly unlikely he will ever make films as interesting as Kubrick. But let us keep wishing . . .

  • Dean | July 10, 2012 7:19 PMReply

    Yes, Tyler Perry is correct and so is Journey--Don't Stop Believing about Tomorrow. is 7-10-12 on Frontline (PBS). And tell a friend.

  • Afrotapp | July 10, 2012 7:19 PMReply

    Why not just end on a high note, why bring up controversy on a persons annivwrsary?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 10, 2012 7:16 PMReply

    I see what you did there with the Kubrick references. That said, LONG LIVE KING COON!!! (Kinda mad at you though, Tambay. I LOVE "Don't Stop Believin'." Now when I listen to it, I'll reflexively think of Citizen Coon.)

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