After producing and starring in several film versions of his plays featuring Madea, Tyler Perry is bringing his signature character back to the stage in a new production set to tour in 2010.
The entertainment mogul posted a message on his Web site Saturday that said he had taken some time off in the past few months “so I could spend my mother’s final days at her side.” His mother, Willie Maxine Perry, died Dec. 8 at age 64.
Perry says he will begin touring with his new play, “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” on Jan. 4 in El Paso, Texas. The first leg then goes on to Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and Portland, Ore, reports the Associated Press.
The actor says he is eager to have the gun-toting, curse-you-out-in-a-minute character on stage for the first time in five year
After five seasons, two Daytime Emmy awards and too many girl-power episodes to count, Tyra Banks is announcing the end of The Tyra Show.
â€œThis will be the last season of The Tyra Show,â€ Banks tells PEOPLE exclusively. â€œIâ€™ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.â€
Wrapping at the end of its fifth season in the spring of 2010, it will be lights out for the show that brought viewers memorable weave-exposing, cellulite-revealing and tear-jerking moments.
Banks will focus on the launch of Bankable Studios, a N.Y.-based film production company currently reviewing possible projects. Sticking to her mission, Banks aims to bring â€œpositive images of women to the big screen,â€ says an industry insider.
â€œMy next huge steps will allow me to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are,â€ Banks says.
Adds the insider: â€œTyra is sad because sheâ€™ll be missing so much of the daily connection to her viewers, but excited at the same time to be taking on a new challenge.â€
With encouragement from filmmaker Tyler Perry and longtime mentor Oprah Winfrey, Banks is â€œredefining beauty for women in film,â€ adds the source. â€œWith Oprahâ€™s big announcement this year, I think that gave Tyra the confidence to get out there and follow her longtime dream of film producing.â€
But fashion fiends worry not. Americaâ€™s Next Top Model is slated to return for its 15th season in February along with Banksâ€™s ABC show True Beauty.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot cooking right now and a lot of fire burning in my heart,â€ Banks writes in an open letter on her Web site. â€œAnd I salute you my amazing family of viewers; without you there never would have been a Tyra Show. I really love you all.â€ â€“Amy Elisa Keith
Hot 107.9 presented Jingle Bash over the weekend and I have to tell yall that it came with lots of Drama. There was everything from fights to artist being kicked out and even arrested. Artists scheduled to appear included Lil Wayne and Bird Man, Plies, Trey Songz, Young Dro, Soulja Boi, Fabo, Shawty Lo, Lil Scrappy, Rich Kids, Nicki Minaj, Young Money, OJ da Juice Man, Kandi, Waka Flocka, Big Bank Black, Verse Simmonds, Travis Porter, and many were all in the Building.
I must tell my homie Kandi thanks, she’s the one that got me in the building… Here are some of the pic’s…
Mary J. Blige’s camp continues to deny rumors that the R&B songstress punched her husband during her album release party in New York last week. The singer’s publicist, Kerynne Tencer, says Blige was actually trying to stop an altercation between her husband Martin “Kendu” Isaacs and his brother. The “New York Post” quotes the rep as saying, “People lie and don’t know what they’re talking about.” Several people have come forward claiming to have witnessed the incident. A video of the alleged altercation has also surfaced. Blige’s new album “Stronger With Each Tear” was released last week.
Neffe, Elite, Soulow “VICK-aka-Neffe’s Dad, Frankie and Dariel all came out this weekend to party the night away for X mas. I have to say its been alot of drama going on in their camp, but in the time when they think they lost one, they really found each other. That’s the biggest blessing and gift anyone could receive. They Will Be back and love yall, it just takes time… hold yall head up and be strong… Yall always got a lil Bro FreddyO… Here are the pics they sent me..
Our friends over at Gossiponthis.com posted these pic’s of my homie R&B singer Keyshia Cole who made Christmas happen for a group of foster children in her hometown, and personally delivered the gifts to ActsFullGospel Church in East Oakland, CA and posed for a couple of pictures. Keyshia being a foster child herself wanted to make sure these kids had the best Xmas they ever had… Awwww I must give her credit most artist dont show love like that, but thats why she’s the homie…
Diddy posted this video of his daughter Chance singing Christmas songs on twitter .. Lil Chance gave it all she had, singing her little heart out. Chance made her on version ofÂ “Rudolph” we think, and wished all the kids a Merry Christmas! This has to be one of the the funniest holiday videos I have seen all year…