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Actor and director Tyler Perry praises God during moving award acceptance speech: 'God will prepare' a table for me 'in the presence of mine enemies'


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Actor and director Tyler Perry praised God's name during a recent acceptance speech at the annual BET Awards.

What did he say?

While accepting the award for "Ultimate Icon," Perry — who has always been very vocal about his faith — delivered an acceptance speech on faith.

Perry kicked off the speech by honoring the strong women in his family, as well as all black women around the world.

The entertainer said that his first 10 films were intended to send the message that "you're worthy, you're special, [and] you're powerful."

Perry also told a story of a man who was instrumental in his life, simply by helping him cross the road when he was a young child.

He also said that he was able to hire rising stars such as Viola Davis and Idris Elba during that time.

"They couldn't get jobs in this town, but God blessed me to be in a position to be able to hire them," he revealed. "I was trying to help somebody cross."

"When I built my studio, I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest black neighborhoods in Atlanta so that young black kids could see that a black man did that, and they can do it, too," he continued. "I was trying to help somebody cross."

The icon went on to point out that he isn't bothered with current cultural barriers, because he has someone much stronger in his corner: God.

"While everybody else is fighting for a seat at the table, talking about 'Oscars [are] so white, Oscars so white,' I said, 'Y'all go ahead and do that. While you're fighting for a seat at the table, I'll be down in Atlanta building my own,'" Perry said. “Because what I know for sure is that if I could just build this table, God will prepare it for me in the presence of my enemies."

Tyler Perry Gives Powerful Speech Of Motivation As He Accepts Ultimate Icon Award | BET Awards 2019

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