Ok, ok, I know I’m not the only one woo-hooping over Tyler Perry’s ascension to billionaire.
Yesterday Forbes magazine put our very own Atlanta genius Tyler Perry on the front cover: “From ‘Poor As Hell’ to Billionaire: How Tyler Perry Changed Show Business Forever.”
Even before this latest accolade, I was a raving fan girl of Tyler Perry.
I’m not sure which Tyler Perry hero moment won me over first.
His 2019 acceptance speech when he won the BET Ultimate Icon Award where he talked about growing up in the projects at age 12 walking past pimps and prostitutes past a graveyard on the way to school and a man saying, “Will someone help me cross” and him saying “I will help you cross.”
“I was trying to help somebody cross,” he explained of why he bought a former Confederate Army base to build his movie studio.
All of these acts still bring me to tears.
In this time when social media reveals the shadow side of so many of us, I’m thankful for a true hero who gives his genius, creativity and passion from his very soul.
We need people like Tyler Perry to light the way for us right now.
Here’s 7 reasons I’m a raving fan girl of Tyler Perry:
- Georgia boys are the best.
- We truly rise only by lifting others up.
- Believe in yourself — if you don’t, who will?
- The only way to stop being a slave to anybody is to own your stuff.
- Always be creating.
- Stop asking permission.
- Always remember the less fortunate.