Pop Life: Tyler Perry & the Sad Black Woman

Feb 12, 2020

Tyler Perry, actor, director, writer, producer and now studio head is listed by Forbes as the highest paid man in entertainment.  His movies, including the latest A Fall From Grace, draw huge audiences, but are regularly skewered by critics, viewers and fellow film makers alike.  His formula for success, appealing to black women and black church culture hasn’t changed much over the years.  Is that formula starting to show some wear and tear? 

On this episode of Pop Life, host Joe Lee is joined Charisse L’Pree, Assistant Professor of Communications at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School to discuss the filmmakers latest Netflix project, his production style, and the “sad black woman” trope that is prevalent in his storytelling.


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