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Lionsgate is my family, the home for all my movies and videos...and they've given me exactly what you want in a home: a supportive environment and the room to grow.
I was unhappy and miserable during the first 28 years of my life...The things that I went through as a kid were horrendous. And I carried that into my adult life. I didn't have a catharsis for my childhood pain, most of us don't, and until I learned how to forgive those people and let it go, I was unhappy.
I wanted this house to be vast. I wanted to make a statement, not in any grand or boastful way, but to let people know what God can do when you believe...I don't care how low you go, there's an opposite of low, and as low as I went I wanted to go that much higher. And if there was an opposite of homelessness, I wanted to find it.
I was watching the Oprah show one day and she said that it's cathartic to write things down, so I started writing down the stuff that was happening to me. I started using different characters' names, because if someone had found my journal, I didn't want them to know I had been through that kind of stuff. That's how my first play 'I Know I've Been Changed' started, which features a character who confronts an abuser, forgives him and moves on.
There's nothing like real forgiveness, a deep-down forgiveness where you don't hold any grudges against people. I forgave everybody for the things they didn't know and for the things they didn't know to do.
My theater productions were designed to be a bridge between the traditional urban theater circuit, pejoratively referred to as the 'chitlin' circuit' and a more traditional theater format.
Don't stop. Narrow your focus to one idea, and make it work. That will give birth to all of the others. All you can do is plant the seed and water it.
Anything you want is possible.
When a seed is planted in the ground, all you can do is water it and believe. That is what allowed me to be in this position right now, I would not stop believing.
The question that a lot of people ask me all the time is how did you make it? The truth be told, it was nothing but the grace of God.
You know what? That's a high-brow comment. It comes from a certain culture or certain kind of Black person. But, what is clear and obvious to me is that there's a disconnect between those type of people and African-American Black folks, because I can take you to my neighborhood right now and you will see 20 of those women. They're not stereotypes. They exist. They're real. And people think that they don't exist.
Madea is the reason that the saved and unsaved, believers or not, Muslim, Jews, everyone will come together to see this film. I mean, she's a really great character.
I don't want to just do movies to do movies. I want to do movies that inspire, motivate, and change lives. And as long as I'm doing that, I feel like I'm doing the right thing.
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