Earlier this week I had a conversation with my husband about Tyler Perry and his movies.  We were discussing why it’s so widely accepted as funny when a Black man puts a dress on?  That’s a topic for further discussion, however, dress or no dress Tyler has won me over.  I didn’t want to like his Chitlin’ circuit brand of humor and never went to see any of his stage plays.  But after I saw his first feature film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” I was hooked.


For the same reason I love Lifetime movies, I appreciate Mr. Perry’s flair for melodrama.  And in the midst of all the Madea wisecracks, the he/she did me wrong, and Lord why can’t I find a good man drama, at their core, his movies are about old-fashioned family values and the Black church as the foundation for the Black family and community.

Kimberly Elise starred in "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."

Kimberly Elise starred in "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."

Most importantly, the self-made film mogul’s films celebrate Black women, and he’s given talented actresses such as Angela Bassett, Kimberly Elise, Alfre Woodard, and Taraji P. Henson starring roles they would never have received in mainstream Hollywood films.

I’d love to hear your two cents.  Are you a fan of Tyler Perry’s movies?

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