10:10 AM EDT 11/24/2014
Originally posted 07/21/2009 08:10AM
Tyler Perry is playing Santa to 65 Pennsylvania children from a largely minority day-care center whose outing was axed when they were turned away by a predominantly white swim club.
Instead of wading in the waters of the so-called exclusive Valley Swim Club in suburban Philly – whose members feared an influx of the black and Hispanic children, the adults were quoted as saying – these kids are going to Disney World, with Perry paying for the works: airfare, food, hotel and admissions for the three-day visit.
"He wanted to do something nice for them and let them know that for every negative experience, there are people out there who want them to succeed regardless of the color of their skin," Keleigh Thomas, publicist for the producer and Madea Goes to Jail star, tells CNN.
Originally posted 03/04/2009 03:45PM
Fans of Madea, rest easy: No way will director-creator and star Tyler Perry kill her off.
Perry, who recently told PEOPLE he looks forward to escaping to his own private island when he turns 40 in September, has announced on his Web site about his other future plans – involving Madea,
"I have been saying for years that the moment people stop coming to see her she will die a quick death," he writes. "For years I've said this. Now, all of a sudden, it's everywhere that I'm killing her off. That's strange to me."
Originally posted 02/27/2009 09:30AM
Tyler Perry can soon add yet another feat to his list of accomplishments: island owner!
When the movie mogul turns the big 4-0 this September, he plans to join the ranks of David Copperfield and Mel Gibson with the purchase of the ultimate getaway.
"I'm a loner by nature, so when I'm out there on these islands, I just feel like the only person in the world," says Perry, whose latest film, Madea Goes to Jail, grossed a whopping $41 million its opening weekend.
After recently spending a week vacationing on a private island in the Great Exumas in the Bahamas, he admits it's not all relaxation: "Renting an island is the best place for me to work uninterrupted."
Originally posted 02/19/2009 02:55PM
Tyler Perry hopes Jennifer Hudson will continue performing – and even star in a film he wrote specifically for her.
"I just wrote a movie for her that I'm really excited about," the filmmaker, 39, told PEOPLE Wednesday's New York City premiere of Madea Goes to Jail, which opens to the public Friday. "I'm hoping she'll be able to do it."
Hudson, 27, kept a low profile following the tragic loss of her mother, brother and nephew last fall, but recently performed at the Super Bowl and the Grammys.
Unfortunately, her rep tells PEOPLE, "She will not be doing the film as she'll be on tour at the same time they are shooting."
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