& Tamela Mann Discuss Life and Their Acting Debuts In
Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns
David & Tamela Mann
Scene from Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns", which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 21st
David and Tamela Mann are an anomaly.
In a nation where divorce is at an all-time high, this young
couple have defied the odds by not only remaining married,
but also in love after nearly 20 years. April 2008 marks their
20th weeding anniversary.
The Mannís have
spent two decades touring the nation spreading the word of
God through music and theater. From their humble beginnings
in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area where they first met and formed
their singing group Humble Hearts, to overcoming seemingly
insurmountable personal struggles including poverty and a
brief period of homelessness, they have become one of the
most successful husband and wife performing duos in the gospel
down to earth couple believe their trials have brought them
closer to each other and to God. Their career highlights include
touring the country with gospel sensation Kirk Franklin, releasing
several self-produced gospel albums, performing with Tyler
Perry in a number of his hit stage plays and now making their
acting debuts in Perryís upcoming film MEET THE BROWNS,
which debuts in theaters nationwide on Friday, March 21st.
Who is God to you and how has your faith grown over the years?
(Tamela) God is everything to me. He has proven over and over
to me that he is God and that thereís no mountain too high
that I canít reach with him...and no valley too low.
Describe the dynamic of working together as husband and wife?
(David) Sometimes we agree that we simply disagree.
As you approach 20 years of marriage on April 24th, what helpful
relationship advice do you have about marriage?
(David) For me, itís to stay in love. Remember that feeling
you had when you were first trying to make a great impression.
You would do anything to keep that fire alive and make that
person happy. Well, do whatever you need to do to keep that
Itís about honoring your commitment and remembering that marriage
is 50/50 from both partners.
What should women always do for the man they love?
(Tamela) Donít stick a knife in a wound that is already open.
If you donít like something theyíve done or something about
them, have more compassion when you try to resolve things.
Try to make her happy at all times. I always say thereís no
way Tamela could love me more than I love her and once you
take the attitude that you canít outdo me making you happy,
youíll have two happy campers.
How do you remain supportive with one another?
At one point in our marriage, Tamela was on the road touring
for a whole year while I was at home playing house husband
(they have four children). I would call her about 10 times
a day especially while I was in the grocery store because
I didnít know what to buy. I washed clothes, made sure the
kids homework was done and cooked all the meals while Tamela
was on the road touring with Tylerís ďDiary of A Mad Black
Woman.Ē I was so happy she had an opportunity to fulfill her
dreams. After she came home, I had a new respect for housewives!
Whatís something David does that drives you crazy despite
your bringing it to his attention?
(David) He repeats himself when we are in an argument because
he thinks I donít listen to him.
What is true love and how do you recognize it?
(David) For me, itís somebody who you know will be there to
weather the storms and enjoy the good times. No matter what
the circumstance you can see yourself saying til death do
For him to be able to look at me with unconditional love regardless
of what the circumstances are...I wrote down what I wanted
in my mate...I didnít want a smoker or a drinker. You want
Godís perfect will in your life not your own permissive will...because
if itís Godís perfect will, he will be perfectly molded for
Whatís one of your favorite bible verses and why?
(Tamela) All things are possible if you believe Phillippians
4: verse 13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Who are your heroes and why?
(David) My mom because she only has a seventh grade education
and was able to take care of us five boys. She had her first
son at 14 and to go through what she went through made her
my hero. My grandfather is another one...he was the sweetest
man, always kind and full of grace. He lived what he preached.
Arthur Primus, our promoter is another hero. He has mentored
us through a lot in this business and has been someone who
we could go to for advice.
My mom is my greatest hero. She only went to the third grade
and raised 14 kids. She pushed me to love the Lord and to
know that all things are possible. I remember waking from
my sleep as a child and my mom would be there praying over
me because I was ill from the high fevers I got from my tonsils.
My mom died this past June. She was a holy woman. David, my
husband, is a another hero. Iíve found so much joy in having
him as my husband and my friend. His kindness is awesome and
he has pushed me to be my best...he is my everything. He took
that spot that my mom left open.
Whatís next for you guys?
Our marriage ministry. Weíre teaching a class: Biblical Marriage
in a Practical World. Weíre starting it at our church to encourage
couples and familyís to come together. Weíre teaching another
class called The Art of Arguing. Some of the things we cover
include never trying to solve a problem while youíre in the
midst of an argument because itís not about being right and
most of us want to be able to say Ďlook you idiot, I told
you I was right.í But do no gloat because the point is not
to be right. The bible says ďget an understanding.
Anna Fuson or Tagan Lee
Red Sea Entertainment
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