Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry share the cover of the June 2013 issue of Essence Magazine.

The two entertainment moguls, who starred in a promotional video for OWN as Madea and Sofia, talk about why they lean on each other and how their business collaboration came about.

Oprah acknowledges just how uncommon their partnership is:

“We both know how rare this is. 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?”

Their collaboration has already yielded two shows produced by Tyler Perry: The Haves and The Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. Both Oprah and Tyler Perry have fielded criticism about working together as many question the direction OWN is taking and don’t believe Tyler-produced programming is quality or well-written. The two discuss how they handle negative feedback, especially from black people, in the issue. They also touch on building their brands and the impact business has on their friendship.

Will you pick up the issue when it hits newsstands on May 10th, Clutchettes?


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  • The Comment

    my idea of taking it to the 10th power (which is sooo 80s…”to the 10th power…luvs it)

    is not rehashing the same old same old. Let’s show blacks in a way that they are not allowed to be seen. I wanna see a show about black nerds. Making stuff. Pay tribute to Olivia Butler and make a whole science fiction series based on her novels. Make a ‘Look whose Talking 3″ where the baby is black. Love to see that one.

    Love Dr. Oz but get Dr. Ben Carson, Sr. MD to host his own show…(if he wants)

    Since they have all that talent and money….do something with it. Go to the hood and find talent there…some of the funniest people on earth live in the hood. They not ghetto, they not dumb…they just live in the hood. Find them, make a show… each one teach one.

    Oprah is not moving fast enough for me I guess.

    • justanotheropinion

      That’s cuz Oprah continues to pander to ‘white amerikka”. O abandoned black folk a long time ago. Whatever translates into dollars is the road she will follow. She throws a bone every now and then to keep blacks interested, but don’t get it twisted – blacks are not her target audience.

    • cb

      Oprah never abandoned black folks, black folks lost their way decades ago, and yes black folks are not her target audience that is why she is a billionaire

  • Jaslene

    Tyler mmhm chile. I tell you. Seems like he would make programming for the LOGO channel.

  • Gina Wild

    Oprah gave 2 colored folks a show Dr Oz and Iyanla Vanzant. The latter blew it the first time, and Oprah is so anti-Black she gave her another chance.

  • Barbara Book

    Oprah and Tyler should buy Essence Magazine.

    What’s going on over at Essence? Is it going to fold?

    The monthly issues are so thin…. June is Black Music Month and not a single story about Music.