Never Would Have Made It: The Rise of Tyler Perry, the Most Powerful Entertainer in Black America (and What It Really Took to Get Him There)

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This true story, written by Melvin Childs, Executive Producer of Tyler Perry's first national tour, "I Know I've Been Changed," is a cautionary behind-the-scenes, story of how Tyler Perry went from being an anonymous, struggling playwright to a household name. Childs shares his personal experience as mentor, promoter, and friend to Tyler Perry after Tyler's first two touring attempts that ended in failure. Childs discovered Perry in a state of doubt, failure and his struggle for acceptance, but believed in Perry ...

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Overview

This true story, written by Melvin Childs, Executive Producer of Tyler Perry's first national tour, "I Know I've Been Changed," is a cautionary behind-the-scenes, story of how Tyler Perry went from being an anonymous, struggling playwright to a household name. Childs shares his personal experience as mentor, promoter, and friend to Tyler Perry after Tyler's first two touring attempts that ended in failure. Childs discovered Perry in a state of doubt, failure and his struggle for acceptance, but believed in Perry and foresaw the success. Together they reinvented what was known in pre-integration years as the "chitlin circuit" performing in small country churches for 50 people to creating the framework for a multi-billion dollar enterprise. This is a riveting account of the secret deals, back-stabbing and double dealing; the book is a portrait of human nature, big business, betrayal and most of all finding forgiveness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984711505
  • Publisher: Touch 1 Media LLC
  • Publication date: 2/18/2012
  • Pages: 181
  • Sales rank: 548,799
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Just Act Normal 1

2 Setting the Record Straight 11

3 Hello Arthur 19

4 We Can Do This 33

5 Meeting the Man 43

6 I Don't Need You, I Got This 49

7 This S**t Ain't Easy 73

8 Help, I'm Drowning 81

9 The Fat Lady's Warming Up 91

10 Hold the Curtain 101

11 Where Did You Think the Money Came From? 109

12 Fantasy Island 117

13 Back in the Game 125

14 How You Like Me Now? 133

15 We've Only Just Begun 137

16 Let the Games Begin 147

17 You Done Lost Your Mind 153

18 I Never Saw It Coming 159

19 How Could I Have Been So Stupid? 165

20 Damn, That Was Slick 169

21 See You Later, Bye 173

22 I Know I've Been Changed 177

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