The writer, director, producer, and studio head, Tyler Perry, has built an entertainment empire, including one of the industry’s largest coronavirus bubbles—making his work more impactful than ever. This has earned Tyler Perry the Entertainment Innovator as awarded by WSJ. Magazine.

In the interview for WSJ. Magazine’s November Innovators issue, Perry emotionally reflects on his journey, his legacy, and how the low points of 2020 have changed him. So much so that he’s contemplating taking his beloved Madea character out of retirement!


Madea’s retirement “may have been a bit premature, because I had no idea the country was going to fall into this kind of despair and darkness and anxiety. I know what this character’s meant for years: Joy. Pure, simple joy. Laughter. Good wisdom. I’d sit onstage and look out and see 10,000 people laughing and…

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