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“When Black women are down with you and in your corner, you have an ally that will move heaven and earth…”

That’s how brother Perry feels about the support he’s received from sistas, stemming all the way back to the days he was homeless after migrating from New Orleans to Atlanta, to his present day box office success and exclusive deal with Oprah. There may be a lot of black women who find Tyler Perry’s cinematic portrayals coonish, but there are millions more who will break their necks to hit the theaters and support him. And for those ladies he is nothing but grateful.

Covering the November issue of EssenceTyler talked about that love and much more in an exclusive interview. Teasing the one-on-one with the man of many talents, Essence writes:

Rising past the haters — and the sheer desolation of losing his beloved mother — Tyler Perry has only just begun to soar. Respected as a writer, director and mogul, the man behind the $1 billion-plus Madea franchise is now moving into unchartered territory: Action hero. Essence goes along for the ride as the tireless entrepreneur and philanthropist talks about his love for Black women, one of his last conversations with Whitney Houston the night Michael Jackson died and what intimidated him the most about taking on the role of detective Alex Cross.

The issue will hit newsstands soon. Are you one of the Black women in Tyler’s corner?

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