Diana Ross Avoiding Tyler Perry

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  • Tyler Perry has hit a roadblock in his pursuit of movie making.

    The filmmaker expressed interest in producing a film with Diana Ross, but apparently, she won’t return his calls.

    “She’s been ignoring me for years,” Perry told "Essence" while promoting his latest movie, Madea’s Witness Protection. “She’s the only person that I have dreamed of working with that will not return my phone calls.”

    But he does recall a time when they had a short conversation.

    “That was it, she never called me again. She said, “No!” And that was it.”

    He says not even having a close association with Oprah Winfrey can’t get her to call back.

    “Not when it comes to Diana Ross,” he jokes. “You can be friends with Obama, Oprah, Trump — that is Diana Ross! So, no.”

    Not all is lost, however. Perry has managed to get two other childhood idols, Maria Gibbs and John Amos, into his latest movie.

    “To be around Florence from The Jeffersons and James [Amos] from Good Times… to stand in the presence of people that I’ve admired is amazing.”
     

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    1. well Mr. Perry
      Keep your chin up….I don’t understand it either….but that’s who she is….but you just keep on doin you….and you will survive…..one day I hope to meet you….much love….smoochies

    2. If that’s true, it’s probably more a symptom of the times that they lived in. Unfortunately, not wanting to be called black was more prevalent in the 40, 50, 60, early 70s. Now, we as a people have learned to embrace our blackness and know that’s beautiful. back then, we had very few symbols of beauty, black was not generally associated with beauty, so is it any wonder why they and others did not generally like being called black. it’s unfortunate, but more people than not were victims to that way of thinking. There was an old saying I heard as a child stated by black people, “If you’re white, you’re right, if you’re brown stick around, if you’re black, get back”. My sister is darkskinned, and had long beautiful hair as a young girl, yet she did not feel pretty b/c she was dark, she did not like to be called black and she tried to lighten her skin. She was born in the mid 40s.

    3. I agree with you. Tyler has employed thousands upon thousands of people! He’s done so much for economic development, and given our actors such much exposure and he uses them again, and again. Not just the young, or the slim. Think about it, w/o Tyler do you think 1/2 of the actors that he regularly employs would be working??! Stop hating and give the man some credit! I quess you can do better. When you open a studio and employ the thousands that it takes to run a studio from top to bottom, holla at me. Just b/c you don’t like a particular movie doesn’t mean he’s done harm. After all, a black woman wrote it as a play. I quess she destroyed AA cinema also!

    4. @FTSMITH, there is no need to denigrate Ms. Ross! She and Diahann Carroll are both beautiful women of class and deserve our respect. very immature.

    5. Back in the day Diana Ross NOR Diahann Carroll DESIRED to be considered as listed BLACK…….so that speaks for itself…….And even decades later they both still have that mentality….

    6. Wow! I am sure she has her reason for not returning your calls. Only time will tell besides “Good things come to those that wait”.

    7. My personal observation about Tyler Perry and the celebrities that he casts in his movies is: he is paying homage to those he watched growing up that gave him escape from his everyday life. When he became a successful producer, inviting certain celebrities to be in his movies says “Thank you for changing my life with your character roles, your music and movies.” I get it. If Diana Ross does NOT want to be in a Tyler Perry movie, that too is her prerogative. Not everyone will accept a hand that offers. I love what Tyler Perry has achieved. It proves that if you work hard enough, dreams can come true. As Oprah always quotes: “God can dream a bigger dream than you ever imagined.”

    8. My personal observation about Tyler Perry and the celebrities that he casts in his movies is: he is paying homage to those he watched growing up that gave him escape from his everyday life. When he became a successful producer, inviting certain celebrities to be in his movies says “Thank you for changing my life with your character roles, your music and movies.” I get it. If Diana Ross does NOT want to be in a Tyler Perry movie, that too is her prerogative. Not everyone will accept a hand that offers. I love what Tyler Perry has achieved. It proves that if you work hard enough, dreams can come true. As Oprah always quotes: “God can dream a bigger dream than you ever imagined.”
      http://www.youtube.com/user/thecreativelady

    9. I don’t see where Tyler has done harm to the African American cinema, what he has done is not fallen into the traps of Hollywood and has stayed in Atlanta and has helped a lot of blacks and other groups. Can you say that abot Spike Lee,or for that matter Diana Ross. I don’t think that Ms. Tyson or Kimberly did anything wrong except show how family is important. Keep up the good work brother and diss all these haters out there.

    10. I guess it stands for nothing that Diana did indeed return Tyler’s call, but, politely refused. Considering how he ruined “For Colored Girls…” and that his movies tend to be one-note, Diana isn’t making a bad decision from my perspective. It is disappointing to see the continuous dislike of her from the black community. However, Diana also has received her praise from Oprah, Nile Rodgers, Aretha and many other accomplished black luminaries. Not unlike Josephine Baker, Diana appears to be gravely under appreciated by many in the black community that either find her determined focus and ambition as a negative. Some seem to forget how difficult it can be for an independent black woman to succeed in arts and business. At the end of the day, she has had a 50 year career and still sells out concerts around the world. You would think we would be proud of one of our own that hasn’t ended up broke, on drugs or faced with an avalanche of trials. Keep your head to the sky Diana. You returned Tyler’s call and not doing a Tyler Perry movie ain’t the worse career move you have been posed with.

    11. Amen to this. Tyler Perry has done more harm to African American cinema than the Wayans Bros. ( the younger two, Damon and Keynon demonstrate intelligence) and that is saying something. For all of his Christian proffering, one must wonder how a man so much financial and Hollywood heft can sleep at night knowing that our national image is fomented on a closeted man who likes to dress up as an uneducated ex-stripper. Meanwhile great filmakers like Singleton, Julie Dash, and tragically Spike Lee can’t get a meeting. Diana Ross is not my favorite person, but I admire and respect her for adhering to her standards; wouldst that Kimberly Elise and Ciciely Tyson would have done the same (seriously, how do you go from Beloved and Jane Pittman to “Diary”?) Stop paying for denigration sisters and brothers….

    12. Oh well…you can’t win em all. I think Diana Ross’s time in the limelight may have come and gone. No disrespect to her,however. Since she’s been out from the public’s glare for awhile, probably means that she wants to keep a low profile.

    13. Tyler, there is one person who is closer and has more influence with her than Oprah – her loving daughter, Traci. Why not try that route. I speak from experience, because I have three sons (My Three Sons) and they certainly can exert far more influence over me than any other individual on Planet Earth. Good luck – I love your works, and I have most of your DVDs, and I went on Amazon yesterday and signed up to be notified when your next DVD becomes available -in the colloquial expression of some – You are the man!:):)

    14. Don’t feel bad, Tyler——–from my perspective, Diana Ross got more coverage than I thought for her. She is due some credits, however, I don’t think I would lose any sleep or worry about her non-response. She is probably ignoring you just to make herself seen very important.

    15. Just keep doing what you do Tyler…..all is well—there may come a time when she will ‘need’ to come to you….but just as you obviously have been doing —-KEEP MOVING!!! Enjoyed your interview with Gayle King this morning…..

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