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Tyler Perry & Oprah Combine Super Rich Forces For ESSENCE's June 2013 Cover

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As if Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey weren't rich enough solo...the two friends have joined forces to take over media....and every bank in reach.  Check out their brand new ESSENCE June 2103 cover inside...

Tyler Perry recently struck a deal with his old pal Lady O to give her and her OWN network the exclusive rights to every original TV show written, directed & produced by TP himself.  So how did these two make a friends-with-money relationship work to the fullest?  By stating up front they wouldn't let business interfere with their friendship.  A different type of black love that will have more long lasting power in our culture and beyond than many may realize.  Loves it.

A few highlights from the issue:

Oprah on the rare occasion of two powerful people coming together: "We both know how rare this is," says Oprah. "Where else in the history of our African-American culture have two really, really successful people who can do whatever they want said, 'Let’s come together and be even more powerful—let’s take it to the tenth power?'"

Tyler on mixing their friendship with business: "...The most important thing about coming together was making sure we would not lose our friendship because of the business. We had to establish ground rules. The main one: Both of us have to continue to live in our truth. If she doesn’t like something, say it. If I don’t like something, I’ll say it. And we’ll figure it out and keep moving on…”

Tyler's dropping two new original series on OWN this season: "The Haves and the Have Nots" (premiering May 28) and the sitcom "Love Thy Neighbor" (May 29).  He says O “challenged me to push myself in terms of my writing and level of thinking."   Hopefully she challenges him on his upsetting choices for lacefronts and wiggery for the actors in his films. 

Hope it all works out!  The June 2013 issue hits stands May 10.

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I have been waiting for this for a long time. All the time black actors complain about they don't cast us, etc. etc. Now you have the merger of two power houses in Oprah and Tyler and yall still ain't happy. Keep sitting on the sidelines like Spike Lee while these two go on to even greater success. Wishing them all the best!
JewelryLover's picture

White women officially

White women officially boycotted oprah after ramming Odrama down their throats. Now she's courting black folks to use to save her network and trying to gain black viewership through Tyler but I'm not buying it. I dont support people who spitefully use me. When she makes new black millionaires at the same rate as white millionaires only then will I support her.
cassandra29's picture

Amen. Cosigning on Spike.

Amen. Cosigning on Spike. He is truly Bitter Party of One!
PacificGirl's picture

Love these two HARD working

Love these two HARD working people. Some of you commenters are racist and stupid. How about getting out and putting in some effort and you too will reap benefits and rewards. Stop looking for others 2 do something for you. Nobody owes you anything.
sexe757's picture

Exactly right. Not only does

Exactly right. Not only does Tyler create jobs for existing actors, but makes new black millionaires. Oprah will put a stop to anything that uplifts the black community. She is about making white millionaires by pushing their books and products but never give exposure to undiscovered black talent.
cassandra29's picture

Shut up you racist baboon.

Shut up you racist baboon.
sexe757's picture

MONEY!!!

MONEY!!!
Realist's picture

these celebrities have us

these celebrities have us worshipping their money as much as they do. i will never be proud of someone for how rich they are...crooked cops, mob bosses and drug dealers are rich. (that's for all the people that love to throw a celebrities riches in the 'haters' face as if that means something.) now, i'm not a fan of tyler perry's work but he is working and keeping black actors working. be honest, do you think anybody else would've had cicely tyson in all those movies?
Username's picture

I was gonna say something

I was gonna say something negative, but you people just tired me OUT with all this negativity. This is why we will remain at the bottom of the totem poll soon to include illegal immigrants, who don't want welfare and gladly pay their taxes. #smartenupniggas
SkeeWee's picture

It is so easy to find

It is so easy to find something negative to say about folks (it's tiring at best). I would love for the critics of Tyler Perry's work to come up with something better (or just shut up) because I'm sure you'll find an excuse for why you can't. Tyler nor Oprah gets it all right but at least they put something out there. Let's see your work critics I would love, really love to cheer you on. They saw a market and did something instead of talked about it. If you hate their work don't watch (that's an easy solution, couldn't be more simple).
chicago75's picture

So tired of people trying to

So tired of people trying to tell others how they should spend THEIR money. I'll bet anything if any of the big mouth commenters on here had one quarter of their wealth, they would be spending on themselves.
LBA1's picture

I understand what you're

I understand what you're saying, but I don't blame folks for questioning Oprah's and Tyler's decision-making. If you're getting paid all this money and your faces are being plastered across all of these magazines for being two of the most powerful black people in entertainment, why can't we question their body of work? Tyler's creativity is limited, but he understands that there's no real competition in black film-making. And black people will pay to see people that look like themselves in movies and tv shows, even if that means settling for sub-par work. Oprah, well, she's amazing, but no one's great at everything.
CheyPie's picture

I wish both of them the best.

I wish both of them the best. At the very least I hope they put shows out there that don't make black people look crazy. That's where I think Oprah can help Tyler. At the same time the shows need to be entertaining and that's where Tyler can help Oprah. It's a good partnership. We should be celebrating two black people coming together to do something positive. If this was a Beyonce/Rihanna collabo EVERYBODY would be talking about how great it is.
DesignDiva's picture

Ciara and Lady Gaga would be

Ciara and Lady Gaga would be so much better
cassandra29's picture

Good luck to them both...I

Good luck to them both...I hope it's good programming and not more of the stereotypical programming we constantly see...we need another show like Martin, but updated. I still laugh at the reruns.
Reign's picture

"House of Pain, Meet The

"House of Pain, Meet The Browns, For Better Or Worse, were all just HORRIBLE.. The writing in his films and tv shows is at a standstill. ssdd.... He does keep black people employed, i'll give him that, but I just can't with all that other BS. The woman always have to be broken, some guy always have to be no good, there has to be a superhero guy at the end that picks up your broken pieces and sweeps you off of your feet, somebody's on drugs, somebody's been touched as a child...... and not by an angel. Like come on.... WTF!!!!!!! (rolls eyes and smdh) I CAN'T I CAN'T I CAAAAAAAAAAN'T!!!!!!!!!!
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

Boooom.. All his shows

Boooom.. All his shows involve more stereotypes than authentic material! I agree w/@cheypie comment too, King of Queen is still my FAV sitcom opposed to the inept scripts Tyler Fairy hands out! Lol.. He can't seem to make money off us w/0 portraying a bunch of foolery at the same dam time, which BTW doesnt require a genius! Ugh I just cant w/ him either..smhlol....sips spritzer
Like Really's picture

I dont like it. What I see

I dont like it. What I see is Tyler going down, when Oprah goes down. IT IS HER NETWORK. SHE IS HIS BOSS. Tyler is foolish to tie his future in with her's. He should maintain his independence, and keep her influence off of his projects. Oprah goes from kissing white butt(an entire network of nothing but white targeted shows), and kicking black butt(ignoring black shows that Lifetime, Bravo, and VH1 are smart enough to grab on to) and back to kissing black butt when her shows get no appeal from white audiences. The only thing I really watch on that network is Iyanla, but this season finds her doing RE-runs and shows about famous negroes and their messed up lives. I really liked the show when REGULAR people were featured. I'm about to stop watching Iyanla now. I'm sure Oprah influenced her to go to that format. Iyanla's show about the poor downtrodden Atlanta Housewife was so very WRONG. I know Iyanla knew better than to BLAME a good mother for a deadbeat father that says his own children doesnt deserve his support financially or emotionally and uses every lowdown excuse to justify his deplorable behavior was just so wrong, and had oprah written all over it. I dont believe that Iyanla felt good about telling a man he is justified in not taking care of his children. Oprah cares more about politics and kissing the right butts than anything else. She has no good moral values. Her mother didnt raise her with any. I loved the old Tyler Perry, much more than I do the one of today, which has an Oprah influence. Black people need to laugh in these hard times. If his shows accomplish nothing but that he has done his job. Everyone doesnt need to use entertainment as a teachable moment. Sometimes people just need to lose theirselves in joy and Tyler did that for us. As far as the most of OWN network shows, darn near everyone of them from the medical shows to the crime shows are nothing but re-runs already aired on other networks, and oprah needs to stop stealing other networks' shows. It is ridiculous that someone with her resources cant come up with NEW AND ORIGINAL SHOWS THAT are entertaining. It seemed to me that she stole TV One's "find our missing children" show and renamed it "disappeared." If so that is pathetic. TV One has come up lately with some good new shows created by unknowns, but oprah is too busy supporting only successful black people to allow new black book authors, or new producers to come up with successful shows.
cassandra29's picture

It's funny Tyler Perry is

It's funny Tyler Perry is guilty of the same things you accuse Oprah of doing. "It is ridiculous that someone with her resources cant come up with NEW AND ORIGINAL SHOWS THAT are entertaining." To each his own, but I've never found any of Tyler's shows entertaining. The few times I've been forced to watch his work I found myself laughing, not at the humor of the shows, but at the fact that they seemed so amateurish. Oprah can't bring him down. He's doing enough of that on his own. I guess that makes them a perfect match.
CheyPie's picture

amateurish? a comedy show is

amateurish? a comedy show is supposed to be professional? LOL some find any dumb excuse to hate and belittle
cassandra29's picture

Yes! Amateurish. I love

Yes! Amateurish. I love comedy, and there's a big difference between making a great show that happens to be funny and making a WACK show that sprinkles in some comedic elements. Kings of Queens and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air would be great examples of funny shows that also had substance. I'm not looking for ways to belittle Perry's work, but what's a girl to do when he makes it so painfully easy?!
CheyPie's picture

House of Payne, Ella and

House of Payne, Ella and Curtis are too funny
cassandra29's picture

I have a hard time looking at

I have a hard time looking at him. Like I can't take him seriously because all I see is Madea.
Desi's picture

Whose fault is it that you

Whose fault is it that you watch Ciara's every move, and Tyler's Madea every move, eventhough you claim to hate them LOL LOL No you dont hate them. You just are Jealous of their talents. WATCH SOMEONE U LIKE, IF WHAT U SAY IS TRUE STUPID
cassandra29's picture

Lol..0f course bcuz that's

Lol..0f course bcuz that's who he really is!!! Smhlolol...*sips spritzer
Like Really's picture

Mo Money! Mo Money! Mo

Mo Money! Mo Money! Mo Money!!! Thats Black Star Power, indeed. Props to both of them even tho now that I think about it, I dont watch either of their shows or movies.
shuga's picture

Shuga you took the words

Shuga you took the words RIGHT outta my mouth. LOL all I see is Money and Mo Money on that cover. Ka-ching!!!!

I blame Oprah for hyping this

I blame Oprah for hyping this guy up. I guess I'll give him credit for employing black actors, but with all his "money" and "power" he could at least invest in some better writers, producers, etc. This guy promotes quantity over quality. And if the two original series he's contributing to the OWN network are anything like House of Payne, I'll pass.
CheyPie's picture

Do these SINGLE people really

Do these SINGLE people really need 72 bedroom castles???? Gluttony is a SIN!!!!!!!!!!!
Jesus H. Christ's picture

The last time I checked,

The last time I checked, Oprah wasn't single. And both Oprah and Tyler have very large full-time live-in staff who keep their lives and houses in order. They have to put those people somewhere. And how exactly are they gluttonous? If they worked hard for their money they should be able to buy as much house as they want to. Stop being a damn hater! Wanna put Jesus in your name and yet be the first person to judge somebody. That's the problem with people today...
DesignDiva's picture

In America NO rich person

In America NO rich person works hard for money. No one! The poor ditch digger works hard but he will never be rich. People gain wealth in this country through politics, education, or criminal activites. It is seldom through hard work.
cassandra29's picture

Chiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiile.

Chiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiile.....show me her marriage certificate & all her kids!!!!! Look up the word Gluttony (U are Gluttonous thinking U are a "DIVA") Don't argue with Jesus.....Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit
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