Tyler Perry's Movie Milestone

February 4, 2015 4:00 PM

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This year's Black History Month marks the 10-year anniversary of Tyler Perry's career as a filmmaker. In February 2005, Perry released Diary of a Mad Black Woman, as writer and producer. His successful debut effort generated sales almost 10 times its budget. Perry would go on to write, direct and produce more than a dozen more films, grossing over $600 million worldwide.

Perry's profitability places him in exclusive space as a cinematic artist who can freely choose his content, themes and actors without conforming to Hollywood's obtrusive prescriptions for economic viability. This is a development with great sociological relevance: a black Southern folk-religious fi...

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