In 2005 Tyler Perry took Hollywood by storm. The movie he
wrote, produced, and starred in, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, opened
number one at the box office and went on to gross more than $50 million. In its
first week on sale, the DVD sold 2.4 million copies. At the same time, Perry
was starring nightly across the country in a sold-out stage show he’d also
written, produced, and scored—Madea Goes to Jail—even as another one of
his productions, Meet the Browns, was touring nationally. Every
week in 2005, thirty-five thousand people saw a Tyler Perry production. His
second feature film, Madea’s Family Reunion, released in 2006. Now this
triple-threat actor/playwright/director has written his first book, and it
features his most beloved, most irreverent creation: sixty-eight-year-old
grandmother Madea Simmons.
Madea is at the center of all Tyler Perry’s work, and she’s
always unfailingly outspoken, dead-on, and hilarious. But in Don’t Make
a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings, Madea shares more than she ever has
before—about herself and about what she thinks of everyone around her. The
topics inimitably covered by Madea include love and marriage, child-rearing,
etiquette and neighborliness, beauty tips, health tips, financial tips, the
Bible and the church, and, of course, gun care. She’s brazen, feisty, and never
at a loss for words, but at the heart of everything she says—and at the heart
of all of Perry’s work—is a resounding message of faith and forgiveness.
Shockingly hilarious, surprisingly moving, and as rousing and inspiring
as a great gospel show, Madea’s words of wisdom, memories, and straight-up
in-your-face advice will be cherished by Perry’s numerous fans.
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