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This post is late, but better late than never. Merry Christmas to you and your family and best wishes for the New Year!
I chuckled while reading my most popular Christmas posts over the years.
Remember when Kerry Washington gifted her friends with $400 Dyson vacuum cleaners for Christmas? Lol. It was the thought that counted.
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Remember when Walmart sold out KFC's wildly popular chicken-scented fire logs?
Remember when Tyler Perry paid off $434,000 worth of Walmart lay-a-aways one Christmas? They say Walmart no longer offers layaways (but not because of Tyler Perry).
What about that time when a Houston oil company owner gifted his employees $100,000 cash each for Christmas.
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Below is my Christmas/Holiday playlist. Please share your playlist of favorite Christmas songs below.
As always, if I don't see you before the end of the year, have a Happy, prosperous, and safe New Year!
Every Year, Every Christmas - Luther Vandross
All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
Let it Snow - Boyz II Men
Do You Hear What I Hear - Whitney Houston
Happy Holidays - The Ohio Players
Grown Up Christmas List - Monica
Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder
Holiday Celebrate - Toni Braxton
This Christmas - Donny Hathaway
At Christmas Time - Luther Vandross
What Child Is This? - Vanessa Williams
Stevie Wonder - What Christmas Means to Me
Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jackson 5
Give Love On Christmas Day - Jackson 5
Silent Night - Temptations
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An arrest has been made in the shooting death of Jacqueline Avant, wife of music legend Clarence Avant. Mrs. Avant, 81, was killed during a home invasion in the exclusive Truesdale Estates on Wednesday.
TMZ reports a family member confirmed the arrest on Friday.
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A Beverly Hills police unit was posted outside the couple's $7 million hilltop mansion on the 1100 block of Maytor place. The home invaders shattered a rear glass door to enter the residence around 2:20 a.m. Clarence Avant, 90, was at home at the time, but he wasn't harmed.
The Beverly Hills Police Department will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. PT to reveal details about the arrest.
Movie mogul Tyler Perry vowed to use his wealth and "every available resource" to help find the murderer.
He mentioned the couple's daughter, former US Ambassador to the Bahamas, Nicole Avant, in a tweet.
"My heart breaks for Clarence and Nicole and all the Avant family," he tweeted on Thursday. "This world can be so cruel and cold!! I have no idea what kind of sub-human could shoot an 81 year old woman, and in her own home."
He added, "But you can rest assured that every available resource will be used to find whoever is responsible for this awful nightmare. This is tremendously sad."
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Black Twitter has questions about Tyler Perry's script-writing skills after one of his actors made questionable remarks during a scene from Sistas.
Tyler admitted he doesn't have a writer's room and writes all of his show's scripts himself. Tyler is part of the industry-wide effort to increase visibility of LGBT+ characters in the media.
However, his writing efforts are not appreciated by his show's viewers.
In the viral scene, Calvin (played by actor Anthony Dalton) breaks up with Sabrina (played by Novi Brown). As she pleads with him to stay, he lists the reasons why their relationship simply won't work.
"Let's just end this. I'm just too much for you. Me, my two dads, me being in touch with my feminine side, my lace underwear. Hell, even me liking my prostate tickled!"
The prostate, or male G spot, is a small organ that provides pleasure when stimulated by a penis, fingers or an object inserted into the rectum.
The scene raised eyebrows and drew scornful comments from men and women on social media.
Among the comments were demands for Tyler to hire writers and stick to what he does best -- directing.
"The thing [is] Tyler Perry could be giving young black talented writers opportunities but be rather recycle plots and story lines from 10 years ago and i like don't get it," wrote one Twitter user.
Another user tweeted, "Look, I appreciate what Tyler Perry has done for black people making movies, lifting up actors and workers, but I'mma need this n**** to uplift some writing talent."
When Tyler Perry said he was retiring his famous character, Madea, everyone knew Madea would be back.
The Oscar and Emmy winning playwright and director confirmed he is resurrecting Mabel Earlene 'Madea' Simmons for a Netflix film streaming next year.
Perry said the world needs a good laugh after the Covid-19 pandemic and political turmoil.
"We need to laugh, man," the 51-year-old movie/TV mogul explained in a video where he appears possessed by Madea.
"Too much is going on in the country. We need to laugh, so I was done (but I wasn't!), but she's coming back."
Perry announced his plan to kill off Madea during an interview on Sirius XM radio in 2018.
"It's time for me to kill that old b***h. I'm tired, man! I'm tired. We gonna say goodbye in 2019," Perry told Bevy Smith.
He said he filmed Madea's funeral 2 years prior, and he was finally able to let her go.
Perry held Madea's funeral as a symbolic gesture to allow her fans time to mourn her passing. Her body was symbolically interred in a mausoleum in Georgia.
Tyler, born Emmitt Perry Jr., said he didn't "want to be her age playing her" but he changed his mind after Netflix asked him to bring Madea back from the dead.
Tyler Perry is known for being generous with his vast wealth. The director/playwright is reportedly paying $16,000-a-month rent on a beachfront property for disgraced pastor Carl Lentz.
Justin Bieber's former pastor relocated with his family from New York to a beachfront home on the west coast after he confessed to cheating on his wife.
Lentz reached out to his friends to help with the rent, and Perry answered the call, paying almost $100,000 to cover 6 months rent for his friend.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, the Madea star shelled out $96,000 to cover a six-month lease on a beachfront property, after Carl, his wife and their three children relocated from New York.
An insider told the publication that Lentz has also been leaning on Perry for emotional support, after Lentz was fired from the popular Hillsong Church East Coast after admitting to cheating on his wife.
When asked why Perry didn't suggest more reasonably priced accommodations for his friend, a source said, "Tyler has been friends with Carl and his wife Laura for years and is sticking by them and their kids during this difficult time."
News of Perry's generous gift comes as People magazine reported that Lentz is receiving outpatient help with his mental health struggles at a facility which specializes in "depression, anxiety, and pastoral burnout".
"He wants to be better for his family and is dedicated to doing the work," a source told People. "His family is supporting him and hopes their privacy will be respected on this journey. He has no ill will towards the church and recognizes that they needed to take some course of action to address his missteps."
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Tyler Perry was in the giving mood this weekend -- as Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta welcomed thousands of cars for a food giveaway Sunday morning.
More than 5,000 families came from all over to get in line at the food drive giveaway that the studio dubbed TPSGiving.
Tyler Perry and co. gave away 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food as well as gift cards to the first 5,000 families to pull up to their grounds in southwest Atlanta on Sunday.
The cars started arriving as early as Saturday afternoon, and the line of cars only grew bigger going into Sunday -- with the food drive going from 8 AM ET to noon.
Traffic backed up all along the surrounding freeway, TMZ reported.
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Tyler's staff wore hazmat suits and PPE as they handed out care packages of food at the curbside pickup, and everyone receiving a care package was asked to wear masks.
Tyler's charitable deeds are nothing new around these parts. Tyler's done everything from tipping local restaurant staff -- with upwards of $20,000 plus -- and also picked up the tabs of grocery shoppers in NOLA and Atlanta earlier this year.
Watch 11 Alive's video footage of the food drive below.
Steve Harvey may be heading back to Atlanta. The 63-year-old TV mogul and noted relationship expert just purchased Tyler Perry's old mansion, with enough closet space for his wife Marjorie's 5,000 shoes.
According to TMZ, the Family Feud host purchased Perry's former Buckhead mansion for $15 million. The custom 35,000 sq. ft. home boasts 7 bedrooms and 11.5 baths on 17 manicured acres.
There is also a tennis court atop a multi-level parking garage with enough parking space for 20 cars.
If you recall, I told you Perry lost a boatload of money when he sold the same home for $17.5 million - a steep drop from his "firm" asking price of $25 million.
The buyer, according to RhymeswithSnitch, was mega-preacher David Turner.
The house, on the 4100 block of Paces Ferry Rd, is located near the prestigious and absurdly expensive Lovett School, which is closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Tyler Perry's $18 million Beverly Hills mansion is temporary home to England's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle.
Ever since leaving England for good earlier this year, Meghan, 38, has been unable to find steady work as an actress, and Harry, 35, is reportedly depressed at how his life turned out.
Meghan and Harry are living out of their suitcases and relying on the kindness of their wealthy friends.
According to Page Six, Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are Tyler's house guests while the Hollywood mogul is at his primary residence in Atlanta.
Meghan, Harry and their 1-year-old son, Archie, are staying at the Tuscan style, 12-bedroom hilltop mansion with spectacular views of the city in the swanky gated Beverly Ridge Estates, Page Six reports.
Tyler is currently in Atlanta preparing to reopen his Tyler Perry Studios as soon as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms gives him the thumbs up.
Tyler previously said he would not reopen his studio until after he spoke with Keisha, who has urged Atlanta businesses remain closed to prevent the spread of the flu-like coronavirus.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was Tamron Hall's guest on Monday. The embattled mayor discussed her opposition to Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to reopen some Georgia businesses.
Bottoms insisted the move to reopen the state was too soon.
Keisha confirmed reports that she convinced rap mogul 2 Chainz not to reopen his Atlanta restaurants for dine-in service.
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2 Chainz and his business partner, Mychel "Snoop" Dillard, had planned to reopen 2 Atlanta restaurants, Escobar and Escobar Southside, for dine-in service on Monday, April 27.
Bottoms acknowledged the rap mogul's concern for his laid off employees who still have bills to pay.
"I know that 2 Chainz and his wife Kesha have a loving heart for our community that really is unparalleled," Mayor Bottoms said. "So I know for them when he talks about laying off 80% of his employees, there are faces and there are families that go along with that. But I was so glad that he reached out to me and told me that he would not be opening because he is listening to reason and logic and what he is saying is that I am not going to risk putting my employees in harm’s way because we are opening up too soon. There will be a day when we’ll get back to business as usual and we will be able to go to restaurants and embrace each other again. We just aren’t there yet."
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According to EURweb.com, Atlanta movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry also plans to reopen his Tyler Perry Studios with safety protocols in place, such as screening his employees for fevers and allowing the cast and crew to live on-site until the end of production.
But Perry said he would not move forward with his plans to reopen his studios without Mayor Keisha's approval.
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Kanye West has backed out of pastor Joel Osteen's virtual Easter concert over safety concerns for his Sunday Service choir.
The 42-year-old rapper had been slated to join actor/director Tyler Perry and singer Mariah Carey for Osteen's remote holiday Easter worship service, which will be livestreamed from his Lakewood megachurch in Houston, Texas on Easter Sunday, April 12.
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The original plan called for the choir to wear face masks and maintain social distancing while recording songs with Kanye for the gig, but the "Jesus Walks" rapper decided that he could not satisfy his artistic expectations and safety concerns with these arrangements, so he called off the appearance, TMZ reports.
TMZ adds discussions were ongoing up until Good Friday, but the "Jesus is King" star ultimately couldn't make his plan work to his satisfaction.
The Easter Sunday service will be broadcast live over Osteen's megachurch feed at Joelosteen.com at both 9.30am EST and 12pm EST.