Tyler Perry's Photo Diary

Tyler Perry's Photo Diary
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 05, 2009

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Tyler Perry makes his way inside the grand opening of the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, which was attended by the biggest stars in Black Hollywood in October.

“You don’t understand what I feel right now. If I was in `cherch’, I’d be dancing.”

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Box-office king Will Smith flew in for the special moment in Black entertainment.

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Film legend and Oscar winner Sidney Poitier celebrates the historic moment with Perry.

“In this hip-hop-get-rich-or-die-tryin’ generation, Sidney taught me it’s okay to be a Black man with class and stand up straight," said Perry about the legendary Oscar winner. "I honor him,” Perry said.

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Tyler Perry shares a hug with on-screen wife actress Taraji P. Henson and costar Sanaa Lathan at a screening of his film “The Family That Preys.”

“I love how he takes ownership of his projects,” Lathan tells ESSENCE of working with Perry. “He’s pushed me in ways I haven’t been pushed by a director in years.”

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Perry celebrates the release of his hit film “Why Did I Get Married?” with
costar Janet Jackson and record executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

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In “Why Did I Get Married?,” Mike (Richard T. Jones), Terry (Perry), Gavin (Malik Yoba) and Troy (Lamman Rucker) discuss the realities of marriage.

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