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WATCH NOW: Tyler Perry’s NAACP Acceptance Speech (a subtle diss at Spike Lee?); Jill Scott’s Performance & Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Wyclef Jean, Keri Hilson & more!



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More from the 41st NAACP Image Awards

Great acceptance from Tyler Perry this past Friday at the 41st NAACP Image Awards. He was presented with a special honor, the NAACP Chairman’s Award. (His sitcom on TBS “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” also won an award for Outstanding Comedy Series).

So Spike Lee has been vocal about Tyler Perry’s film and television work, referring to it as “coonery bafoonery“. This was from his 2009, 20-minute interview with Ed Gordon for the talk show, Our World with Black Enterprise, which was taped in front of a live audience at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in Detroit, Michigan. (Take that Tyler!)

Fast forward to this past Friday night, in his acceptance speech, Tyler Perry said “…And I wanted to own a studio to show us, we don’t have to wait for somebody to give us 40 acres and a mule, we can buy our own.” Some are saying that was a clever ‘play on words’ swipe at Spike Lee. As you know, Spike Lee’s production company is named 40 Acres and a Mule Productions. (Take that Spike!)

Seriously though, much work lies ahead of us for to entertain beef! So gentlemen, game set to both of y’all… both your contributions are essential, so let’s keep it moving!

Here is more of Tyler Perry’s acceptance speech:

I just wanna say how much I am so honored for this moment. Last year I stood there wishing my mother “Happy Birthday” and this year, I stand here grieving. She died December the 8th. And it’s been tough but I know God does not make any mistakes. And as I stand here I feel her so close to me. (applause)

Perhaps it was because she was carrying me in her womb during the time when this nation was grieving the death of Dr. King. Or maybe it was because I grew up in the Bible belt in the deep south. Or because I spent the summers in the rural Louisiana with my grandmother, a woman who taught me about her great-grandfather who was a slave. I don’t know but maybe it was a combination of all of those things. But I’ve always had this tremendous connection of where we’ve come from, to our history. And I’ve always had a tremendous respect for our elders and the debt that they paid. (applause)

So for the NAACP to say I am a part of the advancement of color people, that is a major honor and blessing to me. And like the NAACP I know there is as many ways to inspire us as there are shades of us.

I wanted to use my gift, to not only to make us laugh but to make us think. I wanted to use film to not only entertain but to let us know that we don’t have to wait for somebody to green light our projects, we can create our own interceptions. (applause)

I wanted to use my television show to not only make us laugh but to show us we don’t just have to act in the sitcom, we can own the show and the network. (applause)

I wanted to use giving and philanthropy to show us that we don’t have to be at the end of the line waiting for a hand out, we can be at the front giving the hand up. (applause)

And I wanted to own a studio to show us, we don’t have to wait for somebody to give us 40 acres and a mule, we can buy our own. (applause)

So I am grateful and I wanted to use my childhood to let everybody know that you can be born into a nightmare but God can usher you into a dream. (applause)

So God bless you and thank you!

Here is Jill Scott’s performance! Just ♥ some Jill Scott, no rhyme or reason!

Here are some behind the scenes from Inside the Backstage Experience where they catch up with Chris Rock right as he exited the main stage and headed backstage. Chris was surprised by Jamie Foxx who was laying in wait for his departure. While exchanging congratulations and having a intimate conversation about various things including Michael Jackson, Tanicha Arnold (Everybody Hate Chris, Martin) pops by and even Carlos Santana steps up to congratulate Chris and Jamie.

Also check out John Legend in the process of being gifted with many ornaments of swag. Upon greeting a royally-commissioned African painter, Legend humorously mistakes a painting of President Barack Obama to having some female tatas! *Hilarious….peep it

Her make-up is bananas, especially her eye brows! Get it mama!

So did you think that Tyler Perry’s “…I wanted to own a studio to show us, we don’t have to wait for somebody to give us 40 acres and a mule, we can buy our own.” was subtle diss at Spike Lee? And if so, do y’all think that all this “beef” between Tyler Perry & Spike Lee is necessary? Sound off & leave your comments below!

♥ ya for it guys!

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