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

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

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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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.


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


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.


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


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?


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.

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.


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.


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

Adam Scott Thompson

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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