I know it has been a while, sorry. From Christmas to Feb. 12th is a difficult time for me to move through, seeing as my mother loved the holidays. Also, Feb. 12th is her birthday, she would have been 66 this year. The greatest comfort I have is that there isn't one more thing that I could have given or done for her on her birthday. Even before she died, I was running out of ideas. I cannot tell you what a good feeling it is to know that I did all I could. I rest well in that.
A few things I must say to you. First off, thanks for making FOR COLORED GIRLS the number one DVD last week, almost a million sold. How great! We do so appreciate it. Also, I want to say thanks for the 19 NAACP image award nominations, these women so deserve the acknowledgment. The performances in this film cannot be beat. I have to tell you, after doing such a heavy movie I ran to Madea. I mean ran. I NEEDED a LAUGH. I hope you saw the teaser trailer by now. Madea on Maury how silly is that? LOL...thinking about it. I can't wait for you to see it. With so much going on in the world, I tell you if I didn't laugh and pray, I would want to lie down and give up. I can't wait for you to laugh with me on this one.
You may have heard about this story back in December. I didn't talk about it then, but this is what happened. I was lying in bed watching the local news here in town and I saw a story about an 88-year-old woman whose house had burned down a week before Christmas. What blew my mind about this woman is that she was not only almost 90, but she was raising seven great grandchildren. Now look here, I know some grandmothers at 40, who wouldn't raise one grandchild, let alone 7. LOL. Anyway, I was just moved by what she said on the news, she wasn't worried about anything other than being able to keep her "babies", as she called them, together. Her love for those kids was apparent. Also, what was apparent from the story is she didn't have any insurance to rebuild the house; I called the fire chief that was raising money for her, I told him that I would pay to rebuild the home for her and the kids. In the meantime, I would rent and furnish a home and pay all the utilities for her, so she could keep her family together and have a great Christmas. Well, it has been a few months, the new house is underway and the family is very happy.
I said all of that to say this to you, on behalf of her, and the hundreds of people who work for me here at the studio, on behalf of all of the people of Haiti that we have given to, on behalf of all of the wells dug in Haiti and in Africa so there could be fresh water, on behalf of the families that are fed and put through school and all of the homeless people that are being fed, thank you! Just know, when you buy a DVD of mine or go to a movie or see a play, you sow into good soil, and good people benefit.