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Tyler Perry Issues Statement About Crazy Stalker Employee

November 8th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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By now we’ve heard tons of celebrity stalker stories. Ranging from fans that climb on top of house roofs to deranged individuals that sneak into celebrity houses, there are tons of crazy stalker stories.

However, this story posted by Tyler Perry on his Facebook page takes the cake. Apparently a former employee took it upon himself to do anything and everything in his power to meet Mr. Perry. Take a look at what went down at Tyler Perry Studios. 

SCARY SITUATION

So, I’m sitting at my house in LA, minding my own business, and I get a call from the president of my studio. He called me to tell me that there was an employee at the studio who was behaving strangely. I asked who it was and he said I wouldn’t know him because he works in production. Well, he was right. I didn’t know him. As much as I try to remember all the employees, it’s difficult.

Let me help you get a picture of the studio, so you can have an idea of what it’s like there. TPS is a 60-acre campus that looks a lot like a small college. There are 400 employees working there, and even though I don’t know most of them by name I make it a point to say “Hi”. Because my office is on a secured floor, the only time I see the production staff is when I’m on set or walking about the campus. So, let’s be clear. I did not know this person at all. He works in a department that I have no firsthand dealings with.

So, here’s what happened. This young man wasn’t fired and didn’t get into it with anyone at the studio. He just decided that he wanted to meet me. So he came up to the executive office. Now, you have to understand that the executive offices are on the top floor, which is secured and restricted. You have to have access to get to this floor. Well, somehow the power to the restricted doors was turned off (my security team thinks this was deliberately done) and this employee came up to the executive office saying that he wanted to meet me. The accountant that he said this to was scared by it, so she called security. In the 15 seconds that it took for them to get upstairs to look for him, he seemed to have vanished. They called downstairs to the department that he worked in and spoke to the person who had hired him a couple of months ago. His supervisor and coworkers said that he had been acting strange all morning. Security continued the search for this young man. After 45 minutes they heard him inside of the sheetrock walls. He had somehow climbed into the drop ceiling and made his way into an empty office. He barricaded himself inside and refused to come out of the office until he met me.

Of course, the studio had to be evacuated and the police were called, even though shutting down caused me quite a bit in damages and lost hours. It affected production and my delivery deadlines. However, the safety of the people that work for me comes first, and my team knows this. It took the police about 4 hours to get him to come out of the office. At one point they thought they were going to have to call the SWAT team because they didn’t know if he had weapons. After he was arrested they searched the small office he had barricaded himself in, and he had left his headshot on the wall with a note to me saying “I believe in your leadership”.

I don’t know what he was thinking. But let’s be clear, to do something like this someone has to be mentally disturbed.

Anyway, I’m back to relaxing.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Tyler Perry has requested an order of protection against the former employee and is pursuing legal action. After reading this, we hope you understand why we said this story takes the cake. What would you do if a former employee did the same at your place of business?

Tyler Perry Sues Alleged Stalker For Over $100,000

November 4th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Monday, Tyler Perry filed for a protective order against former Tyler Perry Studios employee Joshua Sole, who Perry believes is stalking him. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sole was booked on criminal trespass charges on Halloween morning for breaking into TP Studios the night before. Perry is also suing Sole.

According to the lawsuit, Perry believes that Sole is trying to intimidate him. Sole attempted to contact Perry on Thursday, but when his attempts were unsuccessful, he allegedly disengaged the power at the Atlanta studio, disabling its alarms and surveillance equipment. The lawsuit also claims that he broke into the studio through a suspended ceiling. Apparently, this was all to get a face-to-face meeting with the mogul.

Officers received a 911 call at about 6:00 p.m. on Thursday with reports of trespassing. When they arrived on the scene, they were told by a security guard that an “employee Joshua Sole has been acting weird” and for whatever reason, had barricaded himself inside of the administrative offices. It reportedly took officers approximately four hours to take Sole into custody. He was booked at the Fulton County Jail early Friday morning.

In the suit, the Gone Girl actor accuses Sole of stalking and “simple assault.” In addition to Perry’s request for a protective order, which he would like to prohibit Sole from coming within 500 feet of him, he is also asking the courts to have Sole undergo a psychological evaluation. Oh yeah, he’s also requesting that Sole pay him at least $100,000 and $25,000 for legal fees. It’s not clear whether or not Sole was fired by Perry and what his position was during his stint of employment with TP Studios.

Sole was released the same day of his arrest on a $7,000 signature bond.

15 Things Tyler Perry Needs To Do Better (On Screen And Off)

October 8th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Tyler Perry has a new baby and people are questioning his faith and even some of Madea’s biggest fans are saying that Mr. Perry needs to do better — in more ways than one.

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Even the biggest Tyler Perry fans have been wondering if the inventor of “lace front corn rows” shouldn’t invest some of that movie money into better hairstylists for his leading men.

“I Thought He Was Asexual” Tasha Smith Talks Tyler Perry’s Baby, Tisha Campbell-Martin And Sex Addiction

October 7th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Tasha Smith visited the “Wendy Williams Show” recently. And perhaps, by now, you’ve noticed that whenever Tasha sits down, she spills all types of tea. And today, especially on Wendy, was no different. She talked about everything under the sun, from Tyler Perry having a baby, to trying to have one of her own, her friendship with Tisha Campbell-Martin and sex addiction…among other things. She was all the way live. Get into the interview, in the excerpts and then full video below.

Tyler Perry having a baby

Wendy: Tyler Perry is going to have his first child.

Tasha: Can you believe it?!

Wendy: No!

Tasha: Stop it Wendy! I used to think he was asexual. I didn’t think he had sex…at all! No but seriously… Stop it Wendy!! No, seriously. He’s like an uncle that never has sex. I was just shocked and I’m so happy for him, he’s going to be a daddy. I used to think that he would just be the uncle-daddy, you know?

 

Having a baby of her own with her husband of five years

Tasha: I’m kind of mad at him, he beat me and my husband to the punch.

Wendy: I remember the last time you were here you talked about desperately wanting to have a baby, a lot of women don’t put that out on national tv.

Tasha: And Wendy we are still trying to have a baby, ok? We are having sex all the time. As a matter of fact, we just got done. Up in your green room. I mean, why not, I’m ovulating. But Wendy seriously, it’s driving me crazy. And if it doesn’t happen this time, will you carry for me?

Wendy: I’m 50!….Would you consider adopting?

Tasha: I would rather do surrogacy before adopting. If I can’t do it, I’d rather find someone who would do it for me.

Wendy: Do you know Sherri? Well, I guess her surrogate’s busy…

Tasha: Well, honey, I don’t want her surrogate. I don’t want her surrogate. And nobody should ever want her husband… I shouldn’t go there but Wendy…Wendy!

 

Friendship with Tisha

My best friend since I was sixteen! I was 16, she was about 18, 19 in Camden, New Jersey. We met through an ex boyfriend who had introduced us. And I invited her to our house for dinner and she said yes, I couldn’t believe it. She was in School Daze and Little Shop of Horrors and all that. But for her to say yes to come to my house in Camden, New Jersey. I was so happy. We cleaned the house, sprayed it down with Lysol. We got it ready, right? It was ready, it was clean. We had fried chicken it was great. And she comes over and literally as soon as she sat down, a mouse ran over her foot. I was like Noooooooo!

She said she was ok, but the rest of the time she ate with her feet up like this, (Lifts feet up to put them on top of Wendy’s coffee table.)

 

Sex addiction

And mind you, I did not believe in sex addiction, at all. I just thought you was a hoe, you just nasty, you just had to get it when you wanted to get it and give an excuse on why you getting it. But I did a lot of research on sex addiction, Wendy, and I am fully convinced that sex addiction is no different than alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling all of it. It is an addiction that’s connected to a mental disorder. And I don’t think people just getting hot and hard all the time.

And then you can check out her talking about the much coveted Donna Summer role, shaving her head trying to pull off her twin sister’s look and more in the full video below.

Tasha is a full fool and I love watching her interviews! What do you think about her comments…on everything. Did she take it too far and share too much or did she just say what a lot of us were already thinking?

 

Tyler Perry Accidentally Reveals Sex Of Child, Says He Wants To Be The Father That He Never Had

September 30th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Tyler Perry is busy promoting his upcoming new film, Gone Girl (he has a role in it, he’s not involved in behind-the-scenes production in case you didn’t know), starring Ben Affleck. While doing media rounds with the cast, Perry sat down with Extra TV’s Jerry Penacoli, who asked him questions about his other new role–as a father. During their chat, Perry might have accidentally revealed the sex of his child, but he also talked personally about how he wants to provide his son with the love he didn’t get from his own father figure as a child.

Jerry Penacoli: “Congratulations by the way.”

Tyler Perry: “Thank you! Thanks.”

Penacoli: “The pending…son? Do you know if it’s a son or a daughter? Child?”

Perry: “Well, we’re having a baby.”

Penacoli: “You don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl?”

Perry: “We’re having a baby. She and I are very excited.”

Penacoli: “You’re just glowing!”

Perry: “I’m happy. I’m happy. I’m really excited.”

Penacoli: “This is going to change your life.”

Perry: “It already has.”

Penacoli: “You’ve been very outspoken about your relationship with your dad, what kind of dad will you be?”

Perry: “You know, the greatest gift I’m being given right now is the opportunity to give the little boy in me everything I never had, so that’s what I’m excited about–this beautiful human being that God has allowed to come into my life for me to get to know. Because they come with their own personalities, who they are, to shepherd and usher him into whatever…I said him…into whatever the child is supposed to be is what I’m going to do.”

As we told you a few months back, Perry found out the man he thought was his father, Emmitt Perry Sr., who treated him so cruelly as a child, was actually not his father at all.

“I love my mother to death, but she lied to me.

Some of you have secrets that your kids need to know. Let the chips fall where they may. For the peace of that person, let them know.”

But back in May, Perry wrote a message on his website where he spoke about the type of father he hoped to be in the future. In that letter, he said that he his past pain makes him want to be the best father possible.

In my prayer and quiet time at 5am, I was praying about how to (one day) be the best father that I can be. I have no doubt that I will be a great dad, but as I looked back in my life for an example, all I could remember were all of the horrible things that were said and done to me as a kid. But before I could get sad about it, I remembered something I wrote a while back about “learning in reverse”.

If you are like me and had no good examples, then your lesson is in reverse. I learned many years ago that if I do the opposite of what was done and said to me then I have learned how to be a good father some day.

Check out Perry’s chat with “Extra” below:

 

Tyler Perry Finally Confirms New Baby

September 28th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Tyler Perry has finally confirmed that he has a baby on the way. Friday night at the New York Film Festival, Perry spilled the beans to the Associated Press. During a brief interview, one of AP’s reporters asked him about the pregnancy rumor. Perry simply told the reporter,

“Good, Good. We’re good. Very happy. She’s excited, I’m excited so we’ve very happy.”

Rumors began to circulate last week when a source mentioned that Perry announced he was expecting during a private party for his 45th birthday. Perry had not made a public statement about the possibility of him being a dad until Friday afternoon.

I’m Just Asking: Does Tyler Perry Choosing Single Fatherhood Make Him A Hypocrite?

September 25th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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Tyler Perry is a perfect example of why people roll their eyes at some Christians.

Not all of you,  just the loud, pushy ones who just so happen to be the most vocal of the lot right now. Honestly, those kinds of Christians need to go sit down somewhere and reevaluate the reason why some folks are so hostile to their version of morality and values. It’s not so much the text, rituals and other observances. It’s not even some territorial religious beef with Jesus. But rather, it’s those who claim they’re Jesus’ people, and more specifically, the hypocrisy of those people. They go through all types of mental gymnastics – almost to the point of delusion – just to pretend that what they are personally doing is not contrary to much of what they preach.

For instance, that would include those holy rollers who make a big stink about what the bible says about homosexuality and then use it is as justification for why we should discriminate culturally, but then turn right around and get caught in some sort of same-sex scandal. Instead of falling on the sword of what the bible says about his or her transgressions, the oily sinner in question flips to another page in the good book and starts reminding us of the less heeded messages from the bible:

“He who is without sin cast the first stone.”

And if that doesn’t work, they throw out this: “I am a human, not God.”

Or my personal favorite: “We are all a work in progress.”

That would also include Perry, the king of single-dimension Christian dogma and ideology in film. Despite the messages he pushes in his films, he is rumored to be showing up in the public eye with an expectant baby mother on his arm pretty soon. Or she’ll at least be standing near him.

According to published reports,

Last week, Tyler Perry turned 45 and celebrated his birthday by throwing himself a star-studded birthday bash that included Stevie Wonder playing the piano. Though that was a highlight of the night, apparently, the most memorable moment came when Perry announced that he’s expecting his first child. An exclusive source who attended the party told our sister site Bossip that Perry didn’t reveal who the mother of the child is, but sources believe it’s Gelila Bekele, a 28-year-old Ethiopian model and philanthropist who openly dated Perry on and off for the past five years.

NecoleBitchie found a picture of Bekele and one of her friends on Instagram with some pretty revealing comments from the friend, which appear to confirm that she is with child. If the rumors are true, congratulations to the parents-to-be. However, one has to wonder: If this bit of intel is true, why is he not talking about marriage?

I’m asking this not because I think that since they are having a baby together they need to get married. You won’t find me co-signing any parts of the respectability doctrine here. I just think that what’s good for the goose better have been first applied to the gander before telling a bunch of geese what supposedly is right.

What I mean is that this big story makes me think of a lot of Perry’s films, which involve characters, mostly women, who are often killed, maimed or seriously punished in some way for their malfeasance, which went against cultural and often religious expectations of them. In Why Did I Get Married Too?, the punishment for being cold and unyielding Patricia (played by Janet Jackson) was lifelong guilt and blame over her soon-to-be ex-husband, who gets hit by a truck and is killed moments after they get into an argument at his job. In The Family That Preys, a cold-blooded career woman is slapped across a table before being banished to a lifetime of loneliness and financial struggle for her betrayal against her husband. And in Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, which was the biggest sl*t-shaming film of all time, the main character develops some sort of new version of HIV, which comes with a limp and causes her to age completely different than others (oh wait, that might have just been bad makeup and wigs), for cheating on her husband. I’ve heard of “the clap” and “the package,” but seriously Perry? What’s with “the limp”?

Perry’s active imagination aside, it’s clear that at least in terms of storytelling, he feels that there are definite rules and a moral code that women should aim to follow – or else. Hell, you can say that many of his films promote a very clear definition of what a Christian family is supposed to be. Even the characters in broken families in his films are always aspiring to regain some sort of respectability, particularly around marriage (There are way too many of his films to list, which tie a woman’s ability to get married or not to whether or not she will be able to fix her problems). And as noted in this archived article from The Grio, even his black male characters fall into two categories of “the righteous and the evil.”

And yet, his personal life differs. He’s in his 40s and has never been married. And according to this article from a couple of years ago, marriage – despite its importance in both contemporary and traditional Christianity – is not even being considered as a serious option for him. In fact, he told Steve Harvey, “I don’t know about marriage as much as I do know that I’d be a great father.” How is that even an option even without the dogma? Wait, wait, wait. I said I was not going to respectability-shame anybody…

But this isn’t only about Perry. Quite honestly, I don’t care how many children he has out of wedlock – just as long as he pays for them and I don’t have to read a headline on Bossip about one of the mothers pulling a silly stunt just to get support. Rather, this is about his legion of fans who worship at the throne of Perry’s ideology and claim it as a voice missing or ignored by the mainstream media. The fans who soak this stuff up as entertainment and help to propel it to the top of the box offices. The fans who don’t just stop at it simply being entertainment and instead, use it to then go and shame and guilt some women (and even men) for some life decisions that they think are unbecoming of a child of God.

I have a question for you fans: Suppose the rumors are true that Perry is intentionally going into single fatherhood. Does this make him a bad Christian, or nah?

I’m just asking.

Tyler Perry’s ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’ Had OWN’s Biggest Premiere Ever

September 25th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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OWN releases trailer for new Tyler Perry drama, "If Loving You Is Wrong."

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Tyler Perry has more good news besides the just announced pregnancy of his girlfriend, Gelila Bekele. Perry’s September 9 debut of If Loving You Is Wrong was the biggest premiere in the OWN’s history.

African Americans were the majority of viewers and, unsurprisingly women. “Of the 1.9 million of all viewers that watched, 1.8 million were Black, and the show delivered a 1.47 rating among women 25-54,” reports Target Market News. But among Black households, VH1 repeated as the most watched cable network among the top 25. The channel had eight million viewers across four shows. But Perry did help OWN come in second with 5.9 million for five shows. And third, was ESPN with 4.2 million for its two “Monday Night Football” programs.

According to Nielsen, in Black households, the total number of viewers for the top 25 most popular cable shows was 29.8 million, or 12 percent more than the previous week.  The top cable shows in Black households were: Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1);  NFL regular season (ESPN); T.I. & Tiny  (VH1); If Loving You Is Wrong (OWN); Atlanta Exes (VH1); Braxton Family Values (WETV); and WWE Entertainment (USA).

While the ratings were great for If Loving You Is Wrong, the reviews were mixed. As Entertainment Weekly wrote, “In last night’s two-hour series premiere of ‘If Loving You Is Wrong,’ we experienced more secrets and lies than most shows offer in an entire season. Everything is wrong about the relationships in the show; that’s why it had me glued.”

Did you tune in?

Tyler Perry’s On-Again/Off-Again Girlfriend Gelila Bekele Is Pregnant

September 23rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Gelila Bekele Is Pregnant

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Yesterday, we reported the news that media mogul Tyler Perry announced that he was expecting his first child. 

Sources claimed that Perry’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Gelila Bekele was the mother. But I just wasn’t willing to believe that. I assumed that Tyler had a surrogate or was planning to adopt.

But I was oh so wrong.

After a bit of digging, NecoleBitchie, found a picture of Gelila and one of her friends. The picture itself is not all that telling, it’s the comments underneath it that paint a clearer picture about what may be going on here.

Gelila Bekele Is Pregnant

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In it, Gelila is sitting next to some man whose instagram name is “pietromourao.” And apparently, one of his friends thought that the two were a couple and wrote “Love’s in the air!!!!”

And in an attempt to set his friend straight, pietromourao wrote:

“She is a good New friend from NYC and she’s 7 months pregnant baby boy!!”

Whoa!

So much tea. And since he spilled, pietromourao has since deleted the post. But not before someone was able to grab a screen shot.

Social media reveals all, once again. I don’t know if pietromourao was referencing his friend, the commenter, or the sex of Gelila’s baby when he wrote “baby boy!!” but if I had to guess, he’s probably talking about that seven-month-old fetus.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Concerns?

Report: Tyler Perry Is Expecting His First Child

September 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Tyler Perry Is Expecting His First Child

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Last week, Tyler Perry turned 45 and celebrated his birthday by throwing himself a star-studded birthday bash that included Stevie Wonder playing the piano. Though that was a highlight of the night, apparently, the most memorable moment came when Perry announced that he’s expecting his first child. An exclusive source who attended the party told our sister site Bossip that Perry didn’t reveal who the mother of the child is, but sources believe it’s Gelila Bekele, a 28-year-old Ethiopian model and philanthropist who openly dated Perry on and off for the past five years.

Hmm…

Let me say, several things ran through my head when I read this. Perry’s work always has such strong Christian themes as the backdrop, so I wondered did he get married and I missed the news? Perhaps.

But I think the more likely answer is that Tyler;s probably going to adopt or have a child through some type of surrogacy situation.

And if I had to guess, I’d assume that Bekele is not the mother of this child.

But I’m sure there will be plenty of updates about this one.

Stay tuned.