Tyler Perry has been a pivotal figure in Black cinema since he first debuted his spit-fire character Madea to the time he created Tyler Perry Studios and later partnered with Oprah’s network OWN to establish his dominance in television. While his achievements may be overlooked by White-washed award shows, he finds support at the NAACP Image Awards.
Tyler attended the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California yesterday and revealed to us what differentiates the Image Awards from every other award show.
“It’s just about the celebration of who we are which is so important,” he said. “I think that there are a lot of times people don’t understand our brand of humor, our brand of celebration, our brand of who we are and it’s really awesome to be able to do that.”
With Stevie Wonder at the helms of a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela and “The Butler” and “Fruitvale Station,” finally receiving the recognition it deserved, we asked Tyler what moment he was anticipating the most, he responded, “I’m just surprised all the way around so I’m looking forward to all of it. I think it’s going to be fun.”
Scroll through our gallery of the Best & Worst Red Carpet looks from the 2014 NAACP Images Awards: