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A lot of people don’t care for Tyler Perry but since this is the R&G you have to admire what he built for himself. I personally have seen some of his movies and while some aren’t my cup of tea I surely don’t get as mad as some do over them. His personal life is none of my business and the level of scrutiny this cat receives is centered on some emotional response cats have with him. I just focus on the chips and as such when you think about how he built his empire and how he makes real moves to keep control of his wares he is definitely a Owner. You’ll find out when you build your empire those who don’t understand you will start rumors about you too. Here at the R&G we admire the Hustle without the Hate!
Around 1990, Perry moved to Atlanta, where two years later I Know I’ve Been Changed was first performed at a community theater, financed by the $12,000 life savings of the 22-year-old Perry. It included Christian themes of forgiveness, dignity and self-worth, while addressing issues such as child abuse and dysfunctional families. The musical initially received a “less than stellar” reception and was a financial failure. Perry persisted, and over the next six years he rewrote the musical repeatedly, though lackluster reviews continued. In 1998, at age 28, he succeeded in retooling of the play in Atlanta first at the House of Blues, then at the Fox Theatre. Perry continued to create new stage productions, touring with them on the so-called “chitlin’ circuit” (now also known as the “urban theater circuit”) and developing a large, devoted following among African-American audiences. In 2005, Forbes reported that he had sold “more than $100 million in tickets, $30 million in of his shows and an estimated $20 million in merchandise” and that “the 300 live shows he produces each year are attended by an average of 35,000 people a week.”
Perry received a $5.5 million budget to fund his first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which went on to gross $50.6 million domestically, while scoring a 16 percent approval rating at the film review web site, Rotten Tomatoes.On its opening weekend, February 24–26, 2006, Perry’s film version of Madea’s Family Reunion opened at number one at the box office with $30.3 million. The film eventually grossed $65 million. Perry and his co-stars promoted the film on The Oprah Winfrey Show. As with Diary, almost all of the Madeas’ earnings have been generated in the United States.
Perry’s films are co-produced and distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment; he retains full copyright ownership under the corporate name Very Perry Films, and places his name in front of all titles.
Now this was a copy and paste job but I think you get the big picture. Here’s a man who took a chance with 12k of his own money and blew the fvck up. While other people laughed, ridiculed and rated his wares as shit he just kept on building. While the rest of the Suckers who make money don’t retain ownership rights Tyler Perry keeps control of what he built. His TV shows and movies are produced, directed and written by Tyler Perry. There are no middleman to this cats hustles. Shit he even built his own studios in Atlanta so even that he has control over.
Again, when you strip away all the Hate that cats have for him you see the blueprint of a Titan. What I appreciate is that his shows and movies are catered to a Black Audience. For a lot of Suckers in this game they think there’s no money in making businesses that cater toward Black folks. He shatters that Sucker ass belief and is a great role model for all of us who strive to create a empire of our own. How many Black folks does this Brother employ? How many opportunities has he created for our race? The media has the average Sucker trying to find something wrong with him while the Hustler in us all should be copying what he does right!