I'm in Fresno. I slept on the bus last night. There was a smell in the hotel and my sinuses were killing me. Oh well, I'm ready to go tonight! I'm on the bus jamming to Tamela Mann's new CD, THE MASTER PLAN. Do you have it yet? All I gotta say is...WOW! Pick it up if you can, ya'll...get Cora's CD...LOL.
Just wanted to give you an update...the tour is going so well. It's been a week now and all I can tell you is that people who have seen it are blown away. I mean blown away! I am really enjoying this show. I'm so glad to be on the road in front of the people again. I didn't know how much I missed this and I really didn't know how much I needed it. This is so great! I don't know of a better way to grieve than to write a show and dedicate it to my mother. This is really helping me. Thank you to all of you who have come and to those of you who are planning to come. I promise you won't be disappointed.
MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY is truly the biggest show I've ever done. I am traveling with (70) people, (9) 18-wheelers, (8) buses, not to mention the lights, sound, the video components and the special effects. I guess what I want you to know is...IT'S A BIG SHOW! Just to give you some idea, on the MADEA GOES TO JAIL tour, we had (26) people, (3) 18-wheelers, and (2) buses...this show is twice as big. I didn't want to come out unless I could give you something special, and this is special. You have never seen a play like this one. I said it once and I'll say it again - IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN MADEA LIVE, then you have never seen MADEA AT ALL!
You know what else is so cool? I had no idea how large of an audience I had outside of the African-American community. Seeing it from the stage is pretty amazing. I always knew that truth was color-blind and that as long as I tell the truth in my work it would reach the masses. SO great to see that happening!
Last thing, then I'm off to the gym - I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF comes out on DVD today. Pick it up if you can. I know it will bless you really good. It has already blessed millions.
Talk soon. Fresno tonight, Sacramento tomorrow, and Oakland for the weekend.