Tyler Perry received the "Ultimate Icon Award" at the BET Awards last weekend and delivered a moving acceptance speech that ended with the filmmaker giving glory to God.
Introduced by actress Taraji P. Henson, also a professing Christian, Perry honored his mother and all black women, saying that his first 10 movies were meant to tell them, "you're worthy, you're special, you're powerful."
The visionary shared a story about helping a man cross the street as a child that remarkably impacted the rest of his life. Perry began hiring people such as Henson, Viola Davis, and Idris Alba as a way to help them cross over in their careers.
"They couldn't get jobs in this town but God blessed me to be in a position to be able to hire them," he testified. "I was trying to help somebody cross."