Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings by Tyler Perry
Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life

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In 2005, Tyler Perry took Hollywood by storm. The movie he wrote, produced, and starred in, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, opened number one at the box office and went on to gross more than $50 million. In its first week on sale, the DVD sold 2.4 million copies. At the same time, Perry was starring nightly across the country in a soldout stage show he'd also written, produced, and scored-Madea Goes to Jail-even as another one of his productions, Meet the Browns, was touring nationally. Every week in 2005, 35,000 people saw a Tyler Perry production. His second feature film, Madea's Family Reunion, opens in theaters in February 2006. Now, this triple-threat actor/playwright/director, has written his first book, and it features his most beloved, most irreverent creation: sixty-eight-year-old grandmother Madea Simmons.

Madea is at the center of all of Tyler Perry's work, and she's always unfailingly outspoken, dead-on, and hilarious. But in Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings, Madea shares more than she ever has before- about herself, and about what she thinks of everyone around her. The topics inimitably covered by Madea (a term of endearment for "Mother Dear") include love and marriage, child-rearing, etiquette and neighborliness, beauty tips, health tips, financial tips, the Bible and the church, and, of course, gun care. She's brazen, feisty, and never at a loss for words, but at the heart of everything she says- and at the heart of all of Perry's work-is a resounding message of faith and forgiveness.

Shockingly hilarious, surprisingly moving, and as rousing and inspiring as a great gospel show, Madea's words of wisdom, memories, and straight-up in-your-face advice will be cherished by Perry's numerous fans- and it all comes just in time for Mother's Day. Tyler Perry is about to take the publishing world by storm.

About Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry is the writer, producer, and star of the #1 hit movies Madea's Family Reunion (which he also directed) and Diary of a Mad Black Woman. He is also a playwright, director, producer, composer, and actor-the entrepreneur and creative force behind ten coast-to-coast, sold-out theatrical productions.
Published February 6, 2007 by Riverhead Books. 284 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Although primarily a comic figure based on unapologetically crude behavior coming from a harmless-looking old lady, Madea is envisioned by Perry (who provides his own introduction before turning the reins over to his inner grandma) as a throwback to a time when strong matriarchs ruled the community.

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As the heroine of Tyler Perry's two films (Madea's Family Reunion, Diary of a Mad Black Woman) and five stage plays, Mabel ''Madea'' Simmons has won fame for dishing out advice to the women in her family and threatening to pop a cap in the ass of anyone who threatens their well-being.

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