November 30, 2011

Veteran Radio Executive Writes Controversial Book About Tyler Perry

New book claims Tyler Perry engaged in risky deals with drug dealers- What Melvin Childs wants people to know is "truth," not the version Perry tells

NEW YORK - Hollywood icon Tyler Perry, by his own account, was homeless and living out of the backseat of his car when he decided to give his career one last try. That last chance resulted in a sold-out production of his play "I Know I've Been Changed" at the House of Blues in Atlanta, Georgia.

Touch 1 Media LLC (www.touch1media.com) announces the release of former radio executive Melvin Childs' memoir, Never Would Have Made It: The Rise of Tyler Perry, the Most Powerful Entertainer in Black America (And What It Really Took to Get Him There). In this book, Melvin Childs shares the untold story of his relationship with Tyler Perry and how trust and betrayal, success and failure, are a part of the game, but how, ultimately, faith can make you whole again.

Tyler Perry is one of the most prominent figures in black America today and yet we know precious little about how he made it, until now. Never Would Have Made It gives a candid, first-person account of how Tyler Perry went from being a failed playwright to the highest paid performer and playwright in Hollywood.

What Childs wants people to know is truth, not the version Perry talks about on his blogs or on talk shows. How did a homeless man put together six shows at one of the hottest venues in Atlanta and, shortly thereafter, embark upon a nationwide tour?

The answer is startling: risky deals with drug dealers; couriers carrying large bags of cash across the country; backstabbing and double-dealing with corrupt promoters; and everything else that occurred as Tyler struggled to make his mark.

Childs shares his personal account of what it was like working with Perry in those early days, long before Perry was a household name. Inside these pages, readers will find a touching and inspirational story of a struggling artist desperate for someone to believe in him. And they will follow Childs and Perry, step-by-step, on their incredible journey from empty theaters in Alabama to a multimillion-dollar nationwide tour.

Though Childs still admits that Tyler is "the single most talented person I've ever met," he still wants to set the record straight.

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