Producer, playwright, filmmaker, director, and actor who was dubbed the highest paid man in entertainment by Forbes magazine in 2011.
His first work consisted of letters to himself that he adapted into the musical I Know I've Been Changed.
He wrote the 2006 version of Madea's Family Reunion and produced Diary of a Mad Black Woman in which he acted as Madea in drag.
His father beat him regularly and molested one of his friends. He attempted suicide as a child to avoid his father's attacks. His mother Willie Maxine Perry died in 2009. In December 2014, he welcomed a son named Aman with longtime partner Gelila Bekele.
He was inspired to begin writing after watching an episode of Oprah Winfrey's talk show where a writer discussed the therapeutic effects of creating fiction.