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At Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service, First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech blew my mind. Oprah’s words were phenomenal. Ms. Tyson's reflections were heartwarming. Lee Ann Womack sang my favorite song, “I Hope You Dance”. Valerie Simpson made me want to shout for joy. But it was something that former President Bill Clinton said that shook something in me. He was talking about her life and all that she had done. All of her books, poems and accolades. She worked with civil rights giants including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He went on and on and then he said, “On her 40th birthday Dr. King was assassinated.” I thought, to myself, “Dear God, she had done all of that by 40.”

I'm 44, I'm behind… LOL. I got so inspired. Her life was such an example to all that you can achieve, whatever you'd like, no matter where you came from. Sitting in that chapel I could hear her voice on my phone as it had been many times. The conversation would always start with "Hello you brilliant man". She made me light up and feel like I could do anything. That was her gift to us all. And above the beauty of the celebration of her life yesterday, more than anything in that room, what I felt most was her life calling us all higher.

God, thank you for allowing us to have shared this planet with Dr. Maya Angelou.

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  • Marian Maryland

    Hey TeaPea! Thought I'd forgotten about cha'? Just been busy/anxious. Brother, don't feel like you're behind at 44! Doing 'good' for yourself and helping others on the way. That's wonderful! I'm the one wh's BEHIND! Lol!!! (Not really) Have a wonderful day. your sister, Marian

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  • Annonymous Annonymous

    I don't know if you get up here much, so I hope you do! I need an inspirational speaker for a Registered Nurse graduation ceremony. We are suppose to peak inspirational people. For me that means people who never give up! Well first I thought of Jesus, and I know he can not physically come to speak. So, then my next thought was you. I don't know why, I just happened to google your name, and it led me to this site. I love your movies, especially Medea! My children tell me that is me, no surprise I can relate. Anyhow, I hope you would consider it. I know you are busy, and something like this is a big time consideration. But, you could make a difference in over 100 plus nursing students lives, and if they effect approximately 5 to 10 people a day, for 30 years. Well, that would be over 10 millions peoples lives you could effect with about 10 minutes of your time! Thank you for being you!

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  • yolanda United States

    Hello, I am looking for information. I have a very talented little girl. I am a single mother of four. I am trying to Provide her with the tools that is needed to make her gift great. The only problem is it just believes in her. She need better training then what I can afford. I am looking program or sponsors to help. She only been in gymnastics for about a little over a year. She was offered from day two of coming to the gym, to compete on the USA Jr Olympics. She works hard and is brilliant and such a inspiration. I know she need better training but I can not afford it. I am pointing myself in so much debt that I will never have a home to call my own. I am so tired, but I can not let such a gift go to waste. You can see her on you tube AmanI gymnast of one her like page on fast book.I need just a little help for a tired mother who trying to break her family cycle.

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  • Murphy oklahoma

    Thank you so much for contacting Ona and Lisa. You are making a wish come true. Cancer is such a horrible disease if we can make one person's day brighter.... God bless you....

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  • Murphy oklahoma

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  • Ms. Proverbs NC

    Happy Birthday to youuuuu....Happy Birthday to youuuuu.... Happy Birthday Dear Tyler Happy Birthday to youuuuu (in my Marilyn Monroe voice) LOL! Tyler :-) :-) Happy Birthday to you my Dear Tyler and May God Bless You with many many more with your "Tall & Handsome Self" Awww your pictures are so cute when you was a baby and a little boy.. would love to be there to celebrate your birthday...Have Fun & Enjoy Yourself You Deserve It!!! Save a dance for me ok because I know you can dance...LOL! Yes I do know :-) :-) Ms. Proverbs

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  • Brenda Fresno CA

    H*** has no fury like a woman scorned was Awesome!! Good job Tyler .

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Tyler................ :-) :-)Nighty Night Sweet Dreamzzzzzz Ms. Proverbs

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  • Lisa Renee Hart Dallas Texas

    Tyler, I am truly a big fan of your. I love all of your movies, but my most favorite one is Temptation out standing and the actors were Awsome. That movie had changed my life because it is base on HIV. You see i have lupus and to me my lupus is alike HIV. I can tell you some of the stuff that i have been through i even almost lost my life at one time. Never stop making your movies i know it has changed a lot of lifes . believe me you have changed my for sure..

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  • rw Warren, MI

    August 29, 2014 Dear Mr. Perry: I haven't posted anything recently, but I just want to say hello, and wish you much success with your new work entitled "If Loving You is Wrong ..." I am sure that this offering will also be another one of your great creations! In other news, school begins across the nation next week, so I am asking for your prayers, because I still find myself waiting for a Teacher placement opportunity. Of course, it's not like God has ever failed me in my life when it comes down to getting a job, but the first day is fast approaching and my apprehension continues to exist. Lately, I feel like He waits until the very last minute to answer my many requests - I know He's quite busy with taking care of all the problems in this world, but I also realize that He grants our individual petitions in His own appointed time. In your movie entitled "Good Deeds", I loved the way you included the school scenes with Thandie Newton's daughter character. Have you ever considered continuing that story? I have often wondered what happened next. Anyway, thanks for everything. Love, rw

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Good Morning to you Tyler :-) :-) Cute throwback picture :-) you are something else...LOL! Have A Bless Day!!! Ms Proverbs

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  • Jamaira Green Rochester,NY

    I can honestly say I have been one of your biggest fans since i was in the 2nd grade. However every since House Of Payne was cancelled my family and I have written off your other television shows. We still support you but your other shows don't seem to be geared to grab the entire family. If House Of Payne ever comes back (i know this is unlikely and im living in a fantcy world) we will be back watching your amazing work every week but until then we wont be participating. Good luck to you. You made a huge mistake keeping the Paynes dead,just thought you should know.

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