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The Manic Pixie Lightskint, Explained The Manic Pixie Lightskint, Explained

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Woman Who Took Photo of Geoffrey Owens Working at Trader Joe's Apologizes After Backlash: 'It Wasn't Malicious' Woman Who Took Photo of Geoffrey Owens Working at Trader Joe's Apologizes After Backlash: 'It Wasn't Malicious'

Hindsight is 20/20 and Karma Lawrence (I’ll leave the jokes to you) is learning that the hard way after receiving backlash for taking photos of former The Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens as he worked his shift at an N.J. Trader Joe’s.

Tyler Perry Offers $200,000, Announces Lawsuit Over Missing Black Man Tyler Perry Offers $200,000, Announces Lawsuit Over Missing Black Man

Within four months of each other, two men vanished into thin air. Both disappearances happened in Naples, Fla. Both men were last seen with the same sheriff’s deputy. No one knows what happened to either man.

Tyler Perry Says Stop Falling for Facebook Scams. He’s Not Giving Away Any Money Tyler Perry Says Stop Falling for Facebook Scams. He’s Not Giving Away Any Money

If you are one of the numerous people who blindly share Facebook posts about celebrities or sends those chain Facebook Messenger posts without checking their veracity, this one’s for you.

True to the Game Is What I’d Expect to Happen if Tyler Perry Directed an Episode of Power True to the Game Is What I’d Expect to Happen if Tyler Perry Directed an Episode of Power

I’m a Netflix black-movie connoisseur. I’ve not been shy about the fact that if a movie exists and has lots of black people in it, there’s a better-than-99 percent chance that I’ll watch it, no matter what. They don’t even have to speak English. I may not make it all the way through—some movies are just that bad—but I…

Watch: What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman in Hollywood

Diversity and representation are the hot-button topics in Hollywood right now. In an industry that reflects the world in which we live, black people and women—so, basically black women—are often underrepresented in Hollywood. But people like Tyler Perry are changing that. Sure, he’s a polarizing figure based on his…

If You Could Be in a Black Stage Play, What Would You Call It? If You Could Be in a Black Stage Play, What Would You Call It?

If you are related to black people, there’s a better-than-100 percent chance that somebody in your family has gone to at least one chitlin circuit play (but more likely several). My parents have been to multiple Tyler Perry plays, something I’m sad to say that I’ve never had the pleasure (?) of doing myself.

Tiffany Haddish Secures Role in Tyler Perry’s The List Tiffany Haddish Secures Role in Tyler Perry’s The List

Just in case you have not had enough Tiffany Haddish (when will we ever?), you’ll see the hilarious star next in Tyler Perry’s latest flick, The List, where she’ll star alongside Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick.

Madea Goes to the White House? Tyler Perry Will Play Gen. Colin Powell in Dick Cheney Movie Madea Goes to the White House? Tyler Perry Will Play Gen. Colin Powell in Dick Cheney Movie

I am admittedly not a Tyler Perry fan. I think his movies tend to be overly preachy with a hint of misogynoir added in to make his point. Of course the overly sexual black woman catches HIV after having an affair behind her husband’s back. And let’s not ignore the fact that Perry, a black man, puts on a dress and a…

Stop Pitting Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween Against The Birth of a Nation Stop Pitting Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween Against The Birth of a Nation

If one ever wants to know what the slower side of intelligentsia is thinking or, in this case, not really thinking, in 2016, you can often find the answer in a meme.

Black Movies That Aren't Nearly As Good (Or Even As Black) As We Pretend They Are Black Movies That Aren't Nearly As Good (Or Even As Black) As We Pretend They Are

Every fall Hollywood releases the important films—that is, the movies they think will garner Oscar attention. There will be the obligatory biopics with actors embodying disability or overcoming adversity. There will the political films that uncover a scandal or tell stories centered in human misery. Then there will be…

Empire’s Tasha Smith Knows a Thing or Two About Thriving in Hollywood and Surviving Shady Ex-Husbands Empire’s Tasha Smith Knows a Thing or Two About Thriving in Hollywood and Surviving Shady Ex-Husbands

Tasha Smith is that rare actress who has been holding it down in the entertainment industry for quite a while now. The NAACP Image Award nominee—perhaps best known for her portrayal of Angela in Tyler Perry’s hit television show For Better or Worse—has been working as an actress for two decades. She has appeared in…

3 Reasons Why Folks Tried to Take Away My Black Card and 1 Reason They’ll Never Get It 3 Reasons Why Folks Tried to Take Away My Black Card and 1 Reason They’ll Never Get It

It’s usually threatened whenever there is a cultural milestone that you’ve failed to accomplish. Perhaps you’ve never seen the original Roots or have not fully memorized the entire catalog of Luther Vandross. When those around you discover this lapse in your black cultural conditioning, the threat is issued: “We’re…

Why Won't Hollywood Let Black Movies Be Great? Why Won't Hollywood Let Black Movies Be Great?

I’ve long been of two minds about Kevin Hart.

Tyler Perry Expecting Human Baby: Written, Directed, Produced By And Starring Tyler Perry Tyler Perry Expecting Human Baby: Written, Directed, Produced By And Starring Tyler Perry

Apparently, Tyler Perry announced at his 45th birthday party that he was expecting his first child. Naturally, I figured this meant a mini-Tyler Perry would debut in nothing less than film fashion.

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