Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler Perry learned from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows.

It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Tyler’s career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters became a healing for Perry. His writing inspired a musical, I Know I’ve Been Changed, and in 1992, Tyler used his life’s savings in hopes of sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came…..