I am currently writing a detailed recall about the moment in time when I was introduced to the global media mogul known as Tyler Perry. In that I want it to be as heartfelt and meaningful as any piece I’ve ever written, I decided to compose something to quell the burning desire in me to express how grateful I am to The Master for blessing the world with a man who entered and changed the game in Hollywood. He inspires me by all he has accomplished in a relatively short time, and I hang the proverbial medal of honor on his right lapel, because he represents excellence and hope for many budding creative like me. He has proven that anything, and I do mean, anything is possible.
I suppose the most noticeable and empowering thing for me is how, seemingly, easy he moved from obscurity and onto the red carpets of premieres and award shows. I am drawn to his confidence in a spiritually uplifting way, because I believe he is truly anointed and has been plucked specifically by the powerful hand of The Master, not because he possessed these extraordinary gifts, but because he is a good man, a caring man, a compassionate man, a strong man. Many people of color benefit from his selfless kindness, as well as, his unbelievable work ethic.
I remember when I found myself homeless how I found strength in his personal story of rising from despair and into the prestigious place of media royalty. He rubs elbows with many movers and shakers and he holds his own. I often wonder how he felt the moment he encountered well-established entertainers who have been in the business for decades. Did he have butterflies the size of a prehistoric bird? Did he feel out of place at anytime? Was his confidence rattled at anytime? I guess all of these questions have been long ago answered, because release after release, television show after television show, major event after major entertainment event, he continues to move forward without loosing steam.
In closing, I’d just like to say my life is more because people like Tyler and Oprah have provided thought-provoking storylines and images of positive African Americans, showing me that if you continue to work at your craft, anything is possible.
I truly am Inspired!