Tyler Perry is looking slick and sharp on the November cover of Essence Magazine. According to Global Grind, the prolific multihyphenate is front and center in the upcoming issue of the widely-circulated African-American women’s magazine. In the article, Perry discusses everything from his career to the relationships he has with individuals he considers to be legends.
“Tyler Perry has only just begun to soar. Respected as a writer, director and mogul, the man behind the $1 billion-plus Madea franchise is now moving into uncharted territory: Action hero. Essence goes along for the ride as the tireless entrepreneur and philanthropist talks about his love for Black women, one of his last conversations with Whitney Houston the night Michael Jackson died and what intimidated him the most about taking on the role of detective Alex Cross,” the magazine explained in a press release.
During Essence‘s Tyler Perry cover story, the acclaimed playwright sung the praises of Black women, essentially describing them as the backbone behind every good man. “When Black women are down with you and in your corner, you have an ally that will move heaven and earth,” the director stated.
This is turning out to be a very good week for the Diary of a Mad Black Woman director, who has been tapped by the Oprah Winfrey Network to produce the cable channel’s first scripted series. What’s more, the actor tackles the titular role in filmmaker’s Rob Cohen upcoming Alex Cross, which also stars Lost alum Matthew Fox and Cicely Tyson.
According to the Examiner, Perry had nothing but wonderful things to say about his legendary co-star. “I was really excited to have an opportunity to be in the scene with Cecily frickin’ Tyson. Are you kidding me? And not be Madea,” the actor explained. “Are you kidding me? That was pretty awesome.”
The November issue of Essence featuring Tyler Perry front and center on the cover will hit newsstands on October 10.