Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey are on the June 2013 cover of ESSENCE magazine. The duo who recently teamed up for two new OWN shows The Haves and the Have Nots (premiering May 28) and the sitcom Love Thy Neighbor (May 29) talked about mixing their friendship with business.
“We both know how rare this is,” says Oprah. “Where else in the history of our African-American culture have two really, really successful people who can do whatever they want said, ‘Let’s come together and be even more powerful—let’s take it to the tenth power?’”
Tyler adds, “…The most important thing about coming together was making sure we would not lose our friendship because of the business. We had to establish ground rules. The main one: Both of us have to continue to live in our truth. If she doesn’t like something, say it. If I don’t like something, I’ll say it. And we’ll figure it out and keep moving on…”
The June 2013 issue of ESSENCE magazine, on stands May 10.
During a sit-down interview with Steve Harvey for his daytime talk show, the Media Mogul said she’s not mad at the “Dead Man Down” actor for loving her chest and admits “I do have big breasteses.” – lol – loves it!
Oprah also said that during the love scenes, Terrence “misbehaved.” – “It was suppose to be like a little scene, and because Terrence Howard misbehaved it turned into a bigger scene, and then a bigger scene.”
Check the clip below
If you missed it, check out the Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey interview for ‘Next Chapter,’ which aired last night on OWN.
On ending business ties with her father: “One of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Someone you love. Someone that’s given you life. Someone that’s done such a fantastic job. It’s a part of life and a part of growth. And I had to tell myself, at some point you have to be the adult your father has raised you to be and prepared you to be.”
On sharing her miscarriage with the world: “There’s so many couples that go through that and it’s one of the hardest things I’ve been through. It’s one of the reasons I didn’t tell people I was pregnant the second time around. You just don’t know.” More >
Hip Hop pioneer and actor LL Cool J is sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. Along with chatting about life, music, being abused as a child, forgiving his father and more, LL’s wife Simone and their four children Najee, Italia, Samaria and Nina also make a brief appearance.
In the clip below, Simone tells Oprah how shared spiritual beliefs, compromise and mutual respect help make their marriage work. More >
Here’s what the 58-yr-old media mogul had to share about the recent surge in “ratings of her OWN cable network, which debuted two years earlier to a deluge of headlines about weak programming, management shake-ups and its honcho’s dwindling influence.”
“I’m not doing the hula yet …but compared to a year ago, it feels like a sigh of relief… “Part of my own expectation was, ‘You’ve had 25 years of success; people will leverage that,’ ” But we didn’t account for people not having the channel, and not knowing how to find it, and the cable audience being different from broadcast.” More >
OMG, who knew Oprah could cook up a storm? The media mogul took to social media and showed off her culinary skills in a series of photos via Instagram.
The 58-yr-old TV host has spent the last two days preparing a feast for the thanksgiving holiday. From carmelized onions, sweet potatoes with freshly picked rosemary to cranberry sauce, it looks like Lady O is ready for the big day… Oh, and she even prepared the table with candles, designer plates and cloth napkins… can I get an invite?
“Carmelized onions so pretty they make me sing! Getting ready for Turkey day. Kitchen smells like HOME,” she wrote and shared the photo above
Check out the rest below. More >
On her decision to start OWN: ”"This is the deal, when you have reached the peak of a mountaintop, which is where I was with the Oprah show, you have absolutely no worries. I’d been in the right space at the right time, and I’d done that in the best way possible for 25 years. But you have two choices: You can come down from the mountain and spend the rest of your days thinking it was so beautiful there, or you can create a vision, look upward, see the next mountain, and start the climb all over again.”
On the mistake of assuming that old viewers would automatically jump to watching OWN: “Now I wish that I’d come down just a little bit. I ask myself, ‘Why couldn’t you just take three months off?’”But she didn’t. Why? “Because I was already in it,” she answers bluntly.
On the initial problem with OWN: “What was missing from OWN was me. It required my full-on energy. You know, this past year has been challenging, but it’s also been one of the greatest experiences for me getting to know me. What do you do when you don’t have the wind at your back?”
On her personal mission the empowerment of others: “I come from a history of people who had no opportunities at all, and I carry that with me.” For her, daring means “coming to the edge. Seeing the space between where I am and where I want to go. It’s pretty wide! But having the faith to take the leap anyway and knowing that no matter where you land, it’s going to be okay. And I feel really good that I did.”
Of if it’s possible to separate the two her heart from her brand: “No, I’ve never been divorced from it. Every decision that I ever made came from the heart of me, and that’s what created the brand, you know? I used to resist this whole idea of being a brand. Because I was like, I’m not a brand, I’m just a person. But now I accept that. It’s everything that I value.”
On trying to live up to her motto, “Live your best life:” ”I’m a work in progress when it comes to practicing my most famous motto. Like this morning, I had the intention to meditate for 20 minutes, but I really only made it about 12. And then I said, ‘Okay, don’t beat yourself up; you did the 12.’ I had the intention to work out for an hour, but I only did a half. And even with that I was still a half hour later getting here, so…”
On working with with Nicole Kidman’s acting coach, Susan Batson for Lee Daniels’s upcoming film The Butler: ”[it is] the best therapy ever. I was literally in a coaching session with her and just crying my heart out. Thinking about, you know, a boyfriend from when I was in my 20s. That bastard!”
On her guilty pleasures: Oh, I’ve got all the Shades, for the time I can take some guilty pleasure and just read. But I’m thinking, Stop with the story, get to the juicy part!”
On her greatest indulgence: “Bathing is my hobby. I love creating bathing experiences—bath gels, bubbles, crystals, salts, lavender milks…” Does she go prune? “Oh, yeah! I go prune. I go waaaay prune. I’ve gone to sleep.”