Tyler Perry's Rise Above Celebration

Tyler Perry's Rise Above Celebration
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 07, 2011

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The cast of “For Colored Girls” — who just received a statue from the 2011 NAACP Image Awards — Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Tyler Perry, Kerry Washington and Phylicia Rashad reunite at Tyler Perry’s 1st annual Rise Above Celebration.

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Expecting mom Tia Mowry and husband Cory Hardrict look overjoyed at Tyler Perry’s Rise Above event.

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Kendu Isaacs, Keisha and Forest Whitaker at get up-close and personal at Tyler Perry’s Rise Above event.

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Eye cnady times two! Isaiah Mustafa and Lance Gross at Tyler Perry’s First Annual Rise Above Celebration.

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Michael Ealy and Tracee Ellis Ross at Tyler Perry’s First Annual Rise Above Celebration.

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Starlets Kat Graham and Kali Hawk represent the next generation of Hollywood at Tyler Perry’s post NAACP Image Awards event.

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Tyrese looks handsome as ever at Tyler Perry’s 1st Annual Rise Above Celebration.

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Angela Bassett, guest, Gayle King, Jenifer Lewis and Loretta Devine huddle before the fireplace for a group show. Look at the love!

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Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise, Tessa Thompson, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine and Phylicia Rashad share the special moment.

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Gayle King, Samuel L. Jackson and wife Latanya Richardson enjoy the festivities at Rise Above Celebration.

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Kimberly Elise and Tyler Perry both won honors at the NAACP Image Awards for their work on “For Colored Girls” — Elise won “Best Supporting Actress,” Perry “Best Director” and “Best Film.”

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Mary J. Blige takes the stage at Tyler Perry’s First Annual Rise Above Celebration.

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No one can do it like Mary! With a star-studded audience, Mary J. Blige gets the party started.

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Terry and Rebecca Crews dance the night away.

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“This is for those of you whose dreams have started to fade to black and white. Don’t let your dream lose its color…you’ve got to rise above it. Your gift will make room for you. And the dream doesn’t give up on you.”