Janet and big sister Rebbie

*Hundreds of enthusiastic fans braved stormy weather to line the streets outside the School of Visual Arts Theater in tony Chelsea to get a glimpse of their favorite stars who attended the red carpet premiere of Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too” (WDIGM2) on Monday, March 22, 2010, followed by a marvelous post party at The Bowery Hotel.

A parade of stars walked the drenched red carpet waving feverishly to their loyal fans before entering the theater including the cast of WDIGM2: Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba, Richard T. Jones, Tasha Smith, Lamman Rucker, Richard Jai White, Cicely Tyson, Tyson Gilmore and Ni-Iman Muhammad.

Jill Scott

Other celebrity guests walking the red carpet included Judge Greg Mathis, Lynn Whitfield, Dr. Maya Angelou, Melvin Van Peeples, Ashford & Simpson, Tee Alston, Lynn Whitfield, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dominique Sharpton, Ice-T & Coco, Terri J. Vaughn, Reebie Jackson, The Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron, Faye Wattleton, Penwah Phynjuar, Tobias Truvillion, Gayle King, b michael, Jessica White, Bob Tate and Dedra Tate.

Once inside the packed theater, Perry, who wrote, directed, produced and stars in WDIGM2, greeted his guests and thanked them for their support along with his agent, starry cast, crew members, producers and Lionsgate executives who flew in from Hollywood for the premiere event.

And before taking his seat next to Michael “Mike” Paseornek, president, Lionsgate Films Productions, and co-producer Reuben Cannon, Tyler explained to the audience why he decided to make the sequel.  “The characters portrayed in WDIGM still had stories to tell.”

WDIGM2 follows the marital journey of four married couples who continue to air out their differences while questioning the validity of their marriages:  The contentious Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White union which is plagued by her jealous rants; a closer look at the betrayal in the marriage of Tyler and Sharon Leal; and Jill Scott’s steamy marriage to her policeman Lamman Rucker that hits a matrimonial bump when her former husband Richard T. Jones shows up wanting her back.

But the real drama belongs to Janet Jackson’s tumultuous marriage to Malik Yoba which comes to a tear-jerking end.  Jackson’s poignant performance leaves one to wonder if the movie served as a cathartic process for her getting through the untimely death of her brother, Michael Jackson.

Richard T. jones, Michael Jai White, Malki Yoba & Lamman Rucker

Upon their return home, the couples face the truth in their personal lives and the diversity of their dilemmas is sure to strike a cord with many viewers.  In every Tyler production there are words of wisdom from elders who validate his message.  Here, vintage actors Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett, Jr. give charismatic performances.

WDIGM2 will definitely entertain Perry’s legion of loyal fans that have come to either love or loathe his characters.  The latest installment once again whets the appetite for more and begs the question, “Why Did I Bother To Get Married In The First Place?”

The Lionsgate and TPS Present a Reuben Cannon and Lionsgate Production film will be released nationwide on Friday, April 2, 2010.  And, if history repeats itself, there will definitely be a WDIGM3.  (Photos by Ronnie Wright)

Audrey J. Bernard

 

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.