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Grandma Madea’s Hoppin’ Good Advice on Love, Relationships and Your Life

Grandma Madea’s Hoppin’ Good Advice on Love, Relationships and Your Life

Emmitt Perry, Jr. was born in New Orleans in 1969. He later adopted the name Tyler Perry to separate himself from his father, who he claimed had abused him while growing up in New Orleans. Tyler dropped out of school when he was sixteen-years-old and moved to Atlanta in 1992. Perry produced his first play, the compassion-themed musical I Know I’ve Been Changed in 1998, using the $12,000 that he had saved selling used cars, doing construction work and working at other odd jobs. Sadly, only thirty people showed up for the play’s opening night in a 1,200-seat Atlanta theater, and Tyler ended up homeless within a week.

Subsequent to launching a more rigorous grassroots publicity campaign, his play was staged again later that year at Atlanta’s House of Blues, where it was a big hit. Tyler and the show went on the road from there, with another nine of his plays following before the touring shows ended in 2006. Tyler Perry is the star of what is still known as the “chitlin’ circuit.” He’s a moody, funny and astoundingly prolific writer/producer/director/actor. As an actor, Tyler is best known for his fabulous fashion looks when he dresses up in the rocking floral print frocks (with an Adam’s apple) as the no-nonsense Grandma Mabel “Madea” Simmons.

Tyler Perry is also known as The Emperor of All Black Media, who’s very handsomely paid to wear that dress. When his film Madea’s Family Reunion opened in 2006, it was ranked as number one at box offices nationwide. Perry is a man whose mythology is both intentionally cultivated and yet oddly disconnected from his fame. Many have wondered: Is he gay? He’s not really saying, and it actually doesn’t matter. He’s earned a combined total of $250 million in less than four years. In 2007, Tyler was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s smartest people in Hollywood, as well as one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in the world. But yes indeed, our dear rich Tyler stills wears a frock. Alas, nobody’s perfect!

The video presented below for your viewing pleasure is a selection from Tyler Perry’s very funny, albeit bittersweet play, Madea Goes to Jail. Grandma Mabel “Madea” again stars Tyler, with Madea once more wearing a humble beflowered gown as she holds court with members of her family. In this particular episode, Grandma Madea gives her hoppin’ good advice on love, relationships and keepin’ on going in your life.

Madea’s Hoppin’ Good Advice on Love, Relationships and Your Life

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