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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