Popular media personality, Tyler Perry was recently honored with the Governor’s Award at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards yesterday, Sept. 20, 2020.
Perry and his foundation received the award in recognition of his work on inclusivity and philanthropic efforts.
According to him, his thoughts, behaviors, experiences, and memories in the movie industry will stay with him forever.
He added that he is very grateful to everyone who recognizes his story and struggles.
His words, “In my grandmother’s quilt there were no patches for Black people on television. And now her grandson is being honored by the Television Academy…
“We are all sewing our own quilt with our thoughts, our behaviors, our experiences and our memories.
“I stand here tonight to say thank you, to all of the people who are celebrating and know the value of every patch and every story and every color that makes up this quilt that is our business, this quilt that is our lives, this quilt that is America.”
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Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, writer, producer, and director. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest-paid man in entertainment, earning US$130 million between May 2010 and May 2011.
Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana as Emmitt Perry Jr., the son of Willie Maxine Perry (née Campbell) and Emmitt Perry Sr., a carpenter. He has three siblings. Perry once said his father’s answer to everything was to “beat it out of you”.
As a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father’s beatings. In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment.[
At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father.
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