In a special addition of “Farrakhan Speaks,” during which he is asked a wide-range of questions from the staff of the Final Call, Minister Louis Farrakhan calls film-maker and humanitarian, Tyler Perry, one of the most brilliant young entrepreneurs of our time. He said that he is grateful to him for bringing ‘Madea’ to the forefront of America’s consciousness:

“I have never seen his portrayal of ‘Madea’ as a man cross-dressing. I saw his wonderful portrayal of Madea as bringing to the forefront the strongest person in the history of our sojourn in America, and that is Madea. That strong, Black woman who was the cornerstone of her family. She always was that figure that guidance [of] correction, reprimand, discipline, and Tyler Perry brought her to the screen in funny ways, but what I was seeing was the greatness of the strong, Black woman who saw us through, from yesterday until today.”

Minister Farrakhan goes on to compare Perry to Imam W. Deen Muhammad, the son of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the revered spiritual leader who helmed the Nation of Islam after his father’s death. Imam Muhammad, in addition to his transcendent spiritual leadership, used a fusion of psychology and art to heal the Black community. And Minister Farrakhan views Perry as traveling that same path.

“When you look at Tyler Perry’s movies, you see the brilliance of T.D. Jakes, a spiritual giant. You see the majesty of human problems acted out. So you could sit in the theater and see yourself in your madness, in your gladness, in your goodness, in your evil, then come out of that experience, for a $15 ticket and some popcorn, and say, ‘Wow, I feel better.’

“So this New Year is a shout-out to the giant called Tyler Perry. A spiritual giant, a magnificent human being, and I pray that this year his art, his greatness, will shine even more in healing our people through mass projection of drama through films and plays.”

Farrakhan’s assessment of Perry is counter to the intense criticism that Perry has been subjected to throughout his career from scholars and community leaders who feel that his portrayal of Black men is emasculating. Film-maker Spike Lee has been Perry’s chief detractor.

When asked by Final Call staff writer, Starla Muhammad, how could single, Black women ensure that they were raising their sons and not “babying” them, Minister Farrakhan said they could be more like ‘Madea.’

“I didn’t have a father in my house. My mother was strong enough to be anybody’s father. We’ve got strong Black women, but if they sit around watching stupid television, if they watch that which makes them feel that their power is in sex, rather than in the brilliance of their minds and their spiritual connection to God, that was Madea. That was grandma. That was the hands of grandma that helped the children who produced children who rocked that cradle well.

“So Black women need to stop thinking that you necessarily need a weak man in your house…You’re strong enough to make a man. My mother was and all she had was God and his Christ as a Christian woman and the discipline that she put on me and brother. and I didn’t turn out too bad for Black people. [That] may have been a helluva thing to the enemy of Black people. Thank you, mom.”

Watch the entire interview to hear Farrakhan share his opinion on the “superb” acting in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained and the history of slave revolts, how the blood of children is on the hands of Congress if they don’t work to curb the culture of violence in the United States and President Barack Obama’s second term.

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3 thoughts on “Farrakhan: I’m Grateful To ‘Brilliant’ Tyler Perry For Creating ‘Madea’ [VIDEO]

  1. Mr. Farrakhan…..I DO give you THANKS for saying what so many are either afraid to say or are in denial to the fact that many of our young boys AND girls in this world are so messed up from the menality of too many women that are using sex as power instead of the use of their mind-brain/knowlege! THAT WAS POWERFUL!…in most every case of a man acting a fool and less than the man could be boils down to a woman ACCEPTING him the way he is —therefore NO need for him to want to change…..HOWEVER I do strongly disagree with the reference to T.D. Jakes as a ‘spiritual giant’? the coercing of him and too many other prosperity preachers of todays society is a big CONTRIBUTING factor as to why the black neighborhoods are in their stagnated state of being! the women are the churches! but are being brainwashed by the MISINFORMATION that they must help support the greedy and their ‘mission’ while being PREYED upon instead of prayed for– all at the same time leaving out and forgetting the NEEDY then in the process their children are being exploited all in an attempt to get closer to the ‘man of god’ and not seeking the MASTER for themselves!….so much of today s damage to our people is inside the churches OF our people…so much for being OF the community! yea sure there is a church on every other corner in the community BUT what purpose or of SERVICE are they providing to the communities? I don t see the ‘spirtual giant’ for the ZOMBIES they are producing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Farahkann— I also think Madea was funny but just because you said it – it makes it more meaningful. Thank you farahkann for the service you do. <— sarcasm

    Farahkann and his hate army the only thing missing is the hate sheets and hoods. I emblore everyone to teach your children to do the opposite of what this man says. He is a racist and he does more damage to our people than any other hate preacher out there.

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