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Tyler Perry Had a Christening For His Son and It Was Perfect

Lemme tell you something. Flashy is in my blood. It is in my veins. I come from a family that thinks every occasion is a giant party. And not just 1 party, weekend-long ones. Don’t let us be getting married. NOBODY is sleeping for a whole week as we celebrate. I’m Nigerian and this is how we roll. We invented making it rain, dagnabbit.

When my Grandmother turned 60 in 1991, we had a 3-day party where we shut down the 2 blocks around our family house and hired Nigeria’s PREMIER musician Ebenezer Obey to croon til 6am. We legit turned our neighborhood into a concert venue. For three days. Three parties. SO MANY COWS KILLED. Granny had 4 cakes, including one that was in the shape of a Bible (because she was the holiest) and 1 cake (well 2), that said 60 in giant letters. She also had 6 outfit changes. You couldn’t tell her a doggone thing (sigh, I miss her).


So. People are talmbout Tyler Perry having a christening for his son and folks said he was being too extra. I think he was being perfect, dambit. SHOW OUT in the name of jubilation, Tyler! I’m here for it.

Below is the #PROGUM from Aman Tyler Bekele-Perry’s christening. Get your entire LIFE.

Tyler Perry Christening

I. LIVE. I live. This is the dopest gospel concert you’ve never been to. There’s a Qwa (choir), Passa Smokie Norful anointed the place with a couple of selections and Jennifer Hudson came through and hollered in the name of holiness. Then Sister Yolanda Adams blessed everyone with a good squall while Brother Bill Withers dropped a righteous song.

But my favorite part? The fact that Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey are that boy’s Godmothers. I thought Godparents were those who would raise your chilrun in case the worst happens to you but people made the good point that oftentimes, those are your spiritual guides. They are the ones who can ring the bell at the reunion so everyone will come running. These two are amazing choices. That child is gonna be 2 years old, helping Iyanla fix lives, because he’s going to be so wise. Just by association.

yes gawd gif

I wish Oprah and Cicely were my Godmothers. I know they got His private line so you know those are some heavy prayers coming from them. Everyone needs praying people around them. You know your christening is blessed when the program makes someone somewhere catch the holy ghost. This boy is wrapped up in love and God and I’m super here for it.

If this was any more awesome, Mother Maya Angelou’s ghost would have given a benediction. LAWD.

Listen. If I had Tyler’s money, my children would be welcome into the world with all types of pomp and circumstance. I wouldn’t know HOW to behave so the fact that all he did was this is actually really impressive.

Oprahy Yolanda JHud

I’d have a marching band serenade my uterus at my baby shower. And John Legend would write a custom song about love and new life. Nigerians have carnivals and say they doing a naming ceremony. So nope, Tyler didn’t do too much. This Christening was perfect.

I just want them to drop a mixtape of the selections so I can buy it on iTunes. I wouldn’t mind accompanying music videos either. I mean, share the wealth of that day’s awesome.That baby is blessed.

Edit: I just heard that the christening happened in a church built in Tyler’s backyard. The church was a replica of the one his mother grew up attending. This is CLEARLY the best christening EVER. Because YESSSS! I love it.

Tyler Perrys Church


I’m lowkey disappointed that angels playing harps weren’t hanging from the ceiling.

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  1. Elise
    February 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

    This was such a great post!!!! I too come from a family that celebrates everything on 100. It’s what we do! Thank you for pointing out that it’s ok to show up and show out.

    P.s. I am starting to plan my son’s 5th B-day party and was feeling guilty about going over the top, as usual, but now I’m good! Message received right on time. 🙂

  2. Vic
    February 18, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I know what you mean, im Nigerian and we do not miss an opportunity to celebrate ANYTHING!I remember when Obama won the US presidency, i was in dubai visiting my sis and we had a little party,We had my nephew’s 1st birthday Party last week in lagos,we had 7 giant cakes 5 of which spelt his name. -lots of jollof rice, fried rice, ofada rice, afang soup, banga, white soup, small chops, We danced for hours till late at night.Dont get me started when there is a wedding., unending parties-engagement party, introduction party, traditional wedding party, white wedding party, then thanksgivig party.Thats the Nigerian way.Congrats to Tyler and Gelila by the way.

    • Maxine Shaw, attorney-at-LOL
      February 18, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Being friends with Nigerians means that you’ll NEVER starve.

      “What are we celebrating today?”
      “It’s Wednesday!”
      “Oh.” (goes back to grubbin peanut soup)

  3. BlackMonarchNY
    February 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I do believe in celebrating life. I celebrated every month for a year leading up to my 40th birthday party which included a band, DJ and over 200 guests.
    On a side note I am not feeling Tyler. She was good enough to be the mother of his child, yet not his wife?

    • February 18, 2015 at 11:57 am

      I do not believe in “have a baby” automatically means “get married.” Also, why assume she’s pressed to be married? Maybe SHE isn’t ready.

    • Angela
      February 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Because they have not answered any of my calls, I have no clue if they have had “the marriage” talk. In the event they do not get married, she is good enough to do anything she wants. A baby does not equal marriage or not being some type of material.

    • Rumor Has It
      February 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      There’s talk in the e-streets that the mother of Tyler’s child is actually a surrogate, and that he doesn’t have a romantic relationship with her. It’s just gossip, but has me wondering.

      • February 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

        The Mother’s name is included in the Child’s name; thus removing the likelihood that She is a surrogate .

    • BlackMonarchNY
      February 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Maybe if Tyler did not profess to be a devout Christian, comments from past interviews to the effect that he would love to have a child because he would be a great father but with the way his professional life is set up he is not a good candidate to be a husband, would not make it seem as if this was baby was planned. Most know nothing about his co-parent and her views/beliefs on anything. The same can not be said about Tyler, so yes his actions give me pause. And yes, maybe I am the only one side-eyeing him…C’est la vie

      • Coquinegra
        February 22, 2015 at 5:17 am

        You are not the only one side-eying a man so holy he lays hands on TD Jakes and builds a church to dedicate his child in, but isn’t married to his child’s mother.
        No, you aren’t alone.

  4. Angela
    February 18, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Dear Zamunda (because I could not find your name NTwhere),

    Had Aretha closed out this shindig with an updated rendition of Rock Steady, the tickets to this event would’ve went on sale at noont last Friday and free passes given out as Valentine’s day gifts from Power 92 and V103’s Herb Kent, because you can’t get this BET gospel special anywhere else. If they choose not to have any more children, I can definitely free up about 18 more years of my life.

    • Maxine Shaw, attorney-at-LOL
      February 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Ugh, Rock Steady is the beat that makes beginning drummers shudder. I think I spent a month on the solo alone.


  5. lola o
    February 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    LUVVIE, you are so right about Nigerians celebrating in STYLE……yes girl…..and we do know how to make IT RAIN. ……this christening sounds like a major OWANBE……

  6. Allie
    February 18, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Jennifer Hudson “hollered”! LOL! Yes, she does. I can take small doses.

  7. Flyy
    February 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I’m gon assume the ONLY reason Barack ain’t this boy’s godfather is cuz he told TP to wait til 2016. This is the onliest excuse I will accept.

    • Sandy
      February 18, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      HA!!!! I hollered! Out with you.

  8. Jocy
    February 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Big parties are nice. Small parties are nice. It depends on what folks prefer. None of my business. All of that aside, I was distracted by the perfection of RuPaul’s coif. That hair is everything!

  9. JenniferG
    February 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    This is so wonderful!! This baby is LOVED! You can never go over the top celebrating a new life.

  10. Schmooches
    February 18, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I am slain and #delivert and now I live again!!!

  11. Mary Burrell
    February 18, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I am not mad at the brother his money to do with how he see fit.

  12. SIPort
    February 18, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Before I began reading the post, I thought you had heard that he built the church.



    There really is nothing else to say.


    Any ONE of the people on the list singing would have made any Christening special..

    that he had ALL OF THEM?

    Oh well….

    can’t tell him anything…..

  13. February 18, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    That church is GORGEOUS, and I think Tyler planned a pretty sweet shindig. That baby is definitely on a well guided path.:)

  14. jn
    February 18, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    whey-ment. First of all, Ebenezer OBEY performed at your Gran-mama’s shindig???!! You just reg-lar Naija royalty ain’t ya?

    • February 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Girl, yes. He also performed at her funeral.

  15. a
    February 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    all I wanna know of where r pictures of the bible cake…that all I wanna see.

    thx. re: tyler..yes awesome.

  16. Missnuarlens
    February 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Lest yall forget Tyler is from the N.O.. WE DO EVERYTHING OVER THE TOP!
    Evverrythang. 3 day weddings we perfected them. They start for brunch on Fridays that last til fo’day in the morning pre wedding celebration starts bout 12 n continues until u get carried out the club that the after-party is being held at. Sunday is the wind down at the parents house which consists of drinking and a BBQ.
    I can’t wait to see what he do for the 1st birthday cause that should be a grand affair. Chile what Tyler did was subdued. Hell in my family if the po-po didnt come u didnt a have good time.

    • TiTi
      February 18, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Well damn!! I need a take a trip to the N.O. and get my entire life, get slayed, and delivert again!

  17. ODIVA
    February 18, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Yes! I say go head Tyler and celebrate your child. I applaud him for not making the mistake that countless others have made by entering into marriage just because she’s pregnant. Especially in his case with his wealth and all those godparents. That child will be WELL taken care of indeed. Folk ought to shut they mouth.

  18. Cateleya
    February 18, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Chiiile I LIVE!
    Dat Godparent lineup doe.

  19. Absurdist
    February 18, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    My life’s work has failed.

  20. Cherie in the D
    February 19, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Luvvie you are my friend in my head! I have not had anyone to make me LOL besides my husband in years. Yes to it being okay to go over the top in the name of celebration YESSUH!

  21. February 19, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I am loving this! How can anyone else dictate what kind of celebration you have for YOUR child? Sounds like hateration in the dancery to me! Go head on Tyler and celebrate your son!

  22. NC
    February 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Folks are just mad that they had their same old hum-drum BORING service this weekend!!

    Tyler needs to produce all gospel events from here until the end of time!!



  23. February 20, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Quiet as kept, I thought that was the church from The Color Purple, maybe God is tryna tell me something

  24. FinesseV
    February 20, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Before I could even get to the “PROGUM” I was with you! Life is something to celebrate…. A birthday, yeah, shut it down! Life is precious. Always has been and always will be! Gon’ girl! Get wit’ the Program.

  25. Simone
    February 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I almost choked on my Veggie Chips as I howled when I read, “I’d have a marching band serenade my uterus at my baby shower.” **I’m logging off the innanets…..for good.**

  26. mzmiamiheat
    March 16, 2015 at 8:15 am

    My family must come from Nigerian heritage as we celebrate any and everything…But go TP if I had that money my daughter who just turned 10 in January would still be opening gifts, lol