Sorry it's taken me a day or so to collect myself but I was out of the country. Friday, after my last promotion for the movie, I flew over to my little piece of heaven. I spent all of Resurrection weekend in prayer and meditation, talking to God, my Mother, and myself. On Monday, I dialed into the States to see how the movie did. I was blown away and so grateful to you! YOU HAVE NO IDEA! THANK YOU, do you hear?! I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate you for going to see WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO. Believe it or not, after opening 9 movies in 5 years, it still never gets old. I am so thankful that you are on my side. God bless you for that. Wasn't it incredible?! What about Janet's performance? She blew me away. If you haven't seen it, this is a good time to see it. It was sold out practically everywhere opening weekend.
I want you know that there is a reason for that...being sold out is a good thing, don't get me wrong, but from the first movie to this one I have been fighting for more screens. For some reason, I have never been able to get my movies to play in more than 2,150 theaters. I have fought until I'm blue in the face and nobody can give me a clear cut answer. To put this in perspective, when most movies open, take for instance CLASH OF THE TITANS, it was on 3,800 screens, or the Miley Cyrus movie, which was on 3,100. Most movies open on between 3,000 to 5,000 screens.
Anyway, if I keep fighting, maybe one day I'll get enough screens so that you won't have to be packed on top of each other, as well as be turned away time and time again after driving all the way to the theater. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I just want there to be adequate seating for the demand. That's all I'm saying. Trust me, I still know that this is a blessing.
So, sorry for the inconvenience, but thank you for sticking with it, and me. Hollywood was blown away by this opening weekend and I was too! Thank you again!
Can we shift gears for a second? I want to talk about Haiti.
Every day for weeks, the news media sensationalized Haiti. Now you don't hear a thing about it. I knew that would happen. It was the same with New Orleans after Katrina, and what I learned in that time is to wait until it's old news and then you will really begin to see the true needs of people. A few weeks ago it was so chaotic you couldn't understand what was going on but now it's beginning to become clear so, with that, I think that right now is the time for me to get involved.
I have identified 4 charities that I will be working with and giving them each $250,000.00. The first one will be Yele Haiti, Wyclef Jean's Organization. After having a long conversation with him, I am truly assured that not only will my monies get to the people at the heart of Haiti, but also the monies that you have given will get there as well. In total about $130,000.00 was raised here online. I will divide that four ways so that it will be added to each of my donations. I will be giving you progress reports and updating you as time goes on. I will also announce the next charity as soon as I understand what their strategy will be in Haiti.
Talk soon and God bless.