The secret to Tyler Perry’s success

In June 2006, when the bulk of papers belonging to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were about to be auctioned at Sotheby’s and possibly into private hands, Mayor Shirley Franklin and the city of Atlanta pre-empted the bidding with a $32 million offer — ensuring that the papers stayed both in the city and for the public. According to the New York Times, Ms. Franklin accomplished this by calling in favors from Atlanta bigwigs. Three were mentioned up front: Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola and Tyler Perry.

Let me repeat that: Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola and Tyler Perry. Two international corporations... and a playwright who was homeless a decade ago.

(MSNBC)


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