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05/02/2013 06:13 pm ET | Updated May 07, 2013

Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry Grace The June Issue Of ESSENCE Magazine

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In support of Tyler Perry’s upcoming OWN-scripted sitcoms, “The Have and the Have Nots,” (premiering May 28) and “Love Thy Neighbor,” (May 29) the Hollywood titan is set to grace the June cover ESSENCE magazine alongside Oprah Winfrey.

The power duo share their thoughts on collaborating with each other in addition to how they manage to mix their friendship with business.

"We both know how rare this is," Winfrey admitted. "Where else in the history of our African-American culture have two really, really successful people who can do whatever they want said, 'Let’s come together and be even more powerful—let’s take it to the tenth power?'"

“The most important thing about coming together was making sure we would not lose our friendship because of the business,” Perry added. “We had to establish ground rules. The main one: Both of us have to continue to live in our truth. If she doesn’t like something, say it. If I don’t like something, I’ll say it. And we’ll figure it out and keep moving on…”

The June 2013 issue of ESSENCE magazine hits newsstands on May 10.

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