Hey, where have you been?
I'm just kidding : )
I know I've been MIA but listen, you know when you don't hear from me for a while I'm somewhere working....and working I have been!
I just finished "Why Did I Get Married Too!" and all I have to say is....I can't wait for April to get here! You'll see what I mean. All the original cast is back and Janet Jackson brought the pain in this film. I'm so proud of her. As we get closer, I'll talk more about it. I kid you not, you're going to be like, "Tyler was so right. This one is even better than the first one!"
You know what else? I have decided to have Facebook and Twitter pages. BUT WAIT! Before you run to Facebook and Twitter, READ all of this email. THERE IS SOMETHING I WANT YOU TO SEE AT THE END of it! : )
Can you believe I'm turning the big 4-0 in a few weeks?! I'm so grateful to God for 40, especially when I think about how I grew up and that most of my friends from high school are either dead or in jail. But look at how good God has been. Sometimes I can't even take it in. I mean, when I think back on where I came from, and all the things that tried to take me out or destroy me, all I can say is Only God...Only God. I know that a lot of you know what I'm saying right here, I can almost hear you agreeing with me.
What I do know for sure is, if I can come through all that I went through and make it, anybody can make it. Don't let anybody stop you, my friends, no matter how dark it seems, keep moving forward. That is the key. Prayer, surrender and keep moving. Just don't stop moving forward, no matter how small the steps...forward is forward. Believe in yourself, even if the people that love you don't. I better let that go.
I think you'll have a better idea of what I'm talking about in November when "Precious" comes out. This movie is so close to what I went through at home growing up, I couldn't believe it. When you see it you'll really know what I mean when I say that I'm so glad I made it through.
But even before "Precious" hits, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" comes out on September 11th.....my birthday weekend! (a nice birthday gift for me would be seeing all y'all going to the movie - smile). You will laugh, you will feel good, you will shout and rejoice! Go see this film! Gladys Knight is singing the house down, Pastor Marvin Winans is preaching and singing and giving me chills every time I watch it (and I have watched it over and over and over).
I love the music in this film, it is amazing. Just like in "Diary" with "Father Can You Hear Me", I mean, Marvin's performance is that powerful, you'll see! Not to mention, Mary J. Blige! Mary J and Ne-Yo wrote the theme song for this film...it is called "I Can Do Bad All By Myself", same as the movie title.
Ok, so you've read this email to the end! Now, go to my home page at tylerperry.com and you will see links to my Facebook and Twitter pages. I had to get them both because so many people were pretending to be me. Ain't that crazy? So...I have made it official! The only way to know that you have the real page is to go through my website to get the right address, this way it's verified. Look, I'm almost 40 years old and I'm on Twitter! LOL. I think it's going to be fun!
One more thing. You know, I'm not supposed to do this, but I want you to hear this since nobody is playing it on the radio. Here is a quick commercial for the movie and then the Mary J. Blige video of her new song "I Can Do Bad All By Myself". Listen to the words. You'll know that Mary J. has her finger on the pulse of the people. Check it out.
I'll talk to you soon.