Tyler Perry – “I Am Inspired”

thI 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!



About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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2 Responses to Tyler Perry – “I Am Inspired”

  1. lacrease says:

    I would LOVE to hear/read your story of how you met Mr. Perry. neshacrese@aol.com

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