When I first saw the land that is my new studio it had been abandoned for years. 10 foot tall grass, snakes, coyotes, etc... but where others saw dilapidation, I saw hope. I saw promise. Several advisors told me not to do it. They gave many reasons. It’s a money pit, timing isn’t right, and so on. But I sat there and prayed about it. I came to peace with it, and I bought it. Now, every day I drive in and see thousands of people working there; working in my dream to build their own. To think that all of my hard work and a lot of God’s grace have met me at the door of all that I dreamed humbles me to tears. I’m so full with gratitude every day. I can’t help but look back on my life and remember all the dark days. The first 28 years of my life were miserable. So much so that I was suicidal. I was so tired of living my life in pieces when all I wanted to do was live my life in peace. My biggest issue and question was this “God, why would you put all of these dreams inside of me and not show me a way to accomplish them.” Nonetheless, I kept working and I kept pressing. What I didn’t know at the time was that every step I was taking was moving me closer to my goal (even the ones that I thought were setbacks). But I kept pressing. Today I want to challenge all the dreamers reading this. I want to challenge you to keep pressing. GET THERE! GET IT DONE!! I know you can. No matter your age, no matter your circumstances, you too can make it. When you pray, believe!!
Good morning! Reading this new book by @michaelericdyson about the legend that is Jay-Z. Get yours on Amazon and join me on this read. bit.ly/JAY-ZAmazon
Happy 4th of July!! This is how I started mine. My Mother loved holidays, and this was the annual family reunion time. Wish she was here, but she took care of everyone but herself. Nina Simone said it best, “You use up everything you got trying to give everybody what they want.” Put YOU on YOUR list. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Let’s commit to taking better care of ourselves. That is true independence. #stillthinkingaboutjohnsingleton
July 1st, 12 years ago today. Rocking on stage with this legend!! You’re missed every day my friend!! Look at his face though. I was hitting some bad notes! 🤪
How high do you want to go? Higher is waiting!!
On my way to the #BETAwards. Being honored tonight with the Ultimate Icon Award!!! Tune in if you can!! 8/7c!
On my way to speak at #META (Media, Entertainment, and Technology Alliance) convened by @BET. Kicking off big BET weekend. Let’s go!!
Work hard! Relax harder! To everyone who came out to the Madea Farewell Tour, I want to thank you. To all the cities we didn’t get to, there’s still a chance that you may get to see it!! God bless!!
Auhhh.... soooooo...... here’s the deal. This is not the way to get my attention if you’re looking for a role in one of my shows. Please DON’T DO THIS, SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This is the third time that someone has done this. PLEASE STOP! To audition is FREE!! I’m sure you can use that money for a better purpose. I love that you want to work with me, and I love that you invest in yourself. But when you do things like this it puts my team on high alert and makes me look at you sideways. I know the message that you want to send is a positive one, but this comes across as the opposite. Again, the best way to work for me is to AUDITION and it’s FREE! We post breakdowns all the time for actors. JUST COME AND AUDITION. And by the way, you were great in THE NIGHT OF! It was my favorite show a couple years ago. I ALREADY SAW YOU!! So just audition and keep your money!! Again, I appreciate your effort, but that’s not the way to work for me. God bless you dreamer. I have no doubt you will make it one day!!
Opened last night at Radio City Music Hall. Thank you New York for 6 sold out shows. SUCH A GREAT AUDIENCE!! One more week on this tour!! Thank you Jesus!!
Took my blood pressure this morning, and it made me think about John Singleton and all of us. I want to ask you a few questions. When was the last time you checked your blood pressure? When was the last time you had a physical? When was the last time you ran a mile? When was the last time you checked in on YOU?John's untimely death should be a wake up call to all of us. We gotta take better care of ourselves!!
#Repost @theoriginalbigdaddy WELL SAID LEE DANIELS!! I’d like to add the Wayans brothers and Robert Townsend to this list, as well as many many others. - - - - - - Last night I saw this article and felt misled yet again by a headline. I went on to read one of the most important articles published by #TheHollywoodReporter in recent years. The article chronicles the emergence of a new production model in the television and film industry. The first “officially” inclusive production is credited to executive producer Michael B Jordan. Michael and the studio are properly heralded for their leadership in the film industry for ensuring greater diversity by establishing a production team drawing from traditionally disenfranchised groups in association with his new project 'Just Mercy.' Michael's efforts and rider are to be applauded and supported by all in Hollywood who hope to see a broader cross-section of America in the film industry. However, where the article falls short is in its misrepresentation of the historical record of Hollywood. Perhaps the author was unaware of previous undertakings to break down barriers in the industry. Is it believable that this is the "first" successful effort to diversify Hollywood production projects? There is no mention in the 372-word article of John Singleton who brought Hollywood to south-central Los Angeles and diversified his film projects with actors and a film crew never seen before. Where is a mention of Melvin Van Peebles, Julie Dash, Sidney Portier, the Hudlin brothers, Tim Reed, Vondi Cutis Hall, Kasi Lemmons, Carl Franklin, Spike Lee, the Hughes brothers or Charles Dutton who refused to step on the set until he saw greater African-American representation alongside him. What about Tyler Perry and the type of diversity and inclusion he brings to the set? I'm sure Michael would agree that the “unofficial” contributions to diversity of these artists and countless others, and the fight to have a seat at the table for underrepresented groups deserves to be honored and acknowledged. In celebrating current undertakings to diversify Hollywood we must not turn our backs on the sacrifices of the groundbreaking African-American...
I cannot believe this man is gone at such a young age. He was always encouraging, supportive, and gracious to me. I will be calling his and his family’s name in my prayers tonight. Heartbroken and shocked. May God add peace and rest to your ascending soul Mr. John Singleton.
Walked into the Fox Theatre in good ole Detroit and the theatre had put this up!!! No, THANK YOU FOX AND DETROIT for all the love over the years and selling out these 6 shows. 87th sold out show tonight. 44 more to go. Thank you America!!!
This man is AMAZING!! Not only one of the greatest preachers of our time but also a brilliant writer and thinker. You gotta read this book. It’s blessing my SOUL!! Thank you @bishopjakes! I love your brilliant wisdom. TURN YOUR PRESSURE INTO POWER!!
Just finished my 75th sold out show. Thank you to the 31 thousand people of Dallas Fort Worth for all the love. 56 more shows to go on Madea's Farewell Tour!! THANK YOU GOD!!! #MadeasFarewellTour
I’m in hotel in Minneapolis on Madea's Farewell Tour!! I saw this and got mad as hell. They can’t be serious right?! NINE DOLLARS!! NINE DOLLARS!!! What the hell this water do, cure cancer? Make hair grow? Did Jesus bottle it when he met that woman at the well? Y’all got to be kidding me. I will swallow spit and die of dehydration before I pay 9 dollars for a bottle of water!! GTHOH!!
It was raining divas at our last show in Chicago. Thank you @mariahcarey, @tarajiphenson and @iamjhud for coming to Madea's Farewell Tour. And thank you Chicago! Madea got her start at the Regal Theater on the south side almost 20 years ago, and you’re still showing up for that old broad. To the 24,000 folks that sold out the Arie Crown Theater night after night, we thank you!!
THIS IS WHY SHE IS AND WILL FOREVER BE THE QUEEN OF SOUL!! Go see Amazing Grace. Opens April 5th. @amazinggracemov
I’m hosting an incredible tribute to Aretha Franklin tomorrow, March 10th at 9pm ET on CBS. It’s filled with incredible performances. You gotta see it!
Sitting doing sound and video check for #MadeasFarewellTour! But this is how I feel everyday when I think about you! I have the best audience out there! Thank you for 25 years!!
So take a look at this! You all did 27 million with only 2,442 screens while Dragon did 30 million on almost double the screens, 4,286. I wonder what would happen if we ever had a level and even playing field. But even with that I’m still grateful!!! All these years and you’re still coming, still supporting, still being a blessing to me and my studio. I can’t even begin to find the words to express my gratitude, so for now I’ll just start with A HUGE THANK YOU!
Hey girl, if yo life have no Valu no Purpos, hit me up in my DMs. My name is Heathrow. I’m a Capricorn. I love long walks, I’m looking for a full figured real ride or die chick. Check me out in my new movie Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral. Opens today. #MadeaFamilyFuneral
Don’t pour one out in the theater! Just make sure you’re there this Friday!! Lol. #MadeaFamilyFuneral
So when I played this theater (Dolby) I put up a fake @Madea picture with fake Oscars. I thought for sure the academy would have taken it down. Imagine my shock last night when I saw the photo still up. Too funny!!!
How I wish that the disappearance of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos could get half as much attention as this Jussie Smollett thing. I have personally spoken to Jussie, and he is adamant that he’s telling the truth. Also, everyone that I know who knows him says that he is not the kind of person who would make up such a horrible and awful thing. Yet the evidence seems to state otherwise. I’m lost for words. To stoke fears and raise racial tensions is wrong in every situation on ALL SIDES! Yet my prayers are still with him and his family and our Nation. CAN WE PLEASE STOP THE HATE!
This picture was taken at my house in my library with President Obama in 2015. I bought these chairs at auction. They were once owned by Abraham Lincoln. We sat in them and had an incredible conversation. This post is to celebrate Black History Month while marking a moment in American history. @barackobama
Y’all are gonna LOVE this cast!! Recognize any new faces?!? Check them out March 1st!!! #madeafamilyfuneral
Stopped by NYC to promote A Madea Family Funeral for the day. It opens March 1st. Now I’m headed back to Columbia, South Carolina for the 25th sold out show of #MadeasFarewellTour. Y’all showing out!!!
I can’t believe I got a #BlackHistoryMonth shout out from an incredible poet and scholar, @2chainz!! I love it! I bump your music before my shows and in the gym. “U gettin mad, I’M GETTING RICH” It’s a vibe! God bless you my friend all the best.
I finally got my jersey!!! #ImWithKap
I have to say I was on the fence about @JLo doing the Motown tribute, not because she isn’t black but because those are hard songs to take on. Well she made me a believer! SHE KILLED IT!! I was so blown away. I’m so proud of her!! Music knows no color when it inspires. AWESOME JOB!!
Is it summer again yet? Can’t wait to let my beard grow back and sit on the beach!!
I could not come to Orlando without stopping by the Pulse nightclub memorial site. So many beautiful lives cut short by senseless evil. My heart and prayers are with the living as my soul weeps for the victims. May they Rest In Peace. I’m calling on all decent people to light up the darkness and stand against hatred and evil!
Looking through my photos. This past summer at @AaronOConnell (Wyatt) and @NataliePack's wedding. The Haves and the Have Nots is a real family.
That look on my face after doing three shows in one day. Enjoying every moment. Loving this tour!! #MadeasFarewellTour
So here’s what @madea's dressing room looks like!!! #MadeasFarewellTour
Another sold out performance!! Thank you #Jacksonville!! You rocked that place last night. We’ll see you again. One love!! TP. #MadeasFarewellTour
I’m on my way to Florida. Get ready Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami!! #MadeasFarewellTour
This may be a waste of time because I have learned that it’s often pointless to try and reach people who are hell bent on living in darkness, but here goes. To hate someone because of their race or sexuality is a shining reflection of who you are. To buy into the fear and the racist hatred that is being handed out daily by some of our politicians speaks to the ability of your very simple and small mind to be easily manipulated. To attack a defenseless person shows how much of a coward and how truly weak you really are. But as my grandmother always said when someone did something awful and evil, "I promise you, you will reap what you sow." My tears and prayers are with the gentle, beautiful soul that is @jussiesmollett. I’m standing with you my friend and anyone else who is bullied and battered and marginalized because of the BEAUTY OF WHO THEY ARE. I love you and your family. Get well soon.