Tyler Perry Shares Feelings About Adding Diverse Voices To The Industry And What He Feels It Will Take To Do It

ytsfreeSeptember 13, 2022

In addition to starring in fare like Alex Cross, Vice and Don’t Look Up, Tyler Perry has spent a lot of his career spearheading Black movies and TV shows, including the Madea film series (which returned earlier this year with A Madea Homecoming), Acrimony, A Fall from Grace and House of Payne. Perry’s next project up on this front is A Jazzman’s Blues, which he wrote back in 1995. Ahead of that Netflix movie’s release, Perry has shared his feelings about adding more diverse stories to the entertainment industry and what he believes will be necessary to make this happen.

A Jazzman’s Blues was one of the movies that screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, joining The Woman King, The Inspection and more as Black-led/helmed stories, both fictional and told through the documentary format, for attendees to see early before they’re released to the public. On the subject of Black creators getting to shine to much at 2022’s TIFF, Perry said this while speaking at an industry keynote in Toronto (via Deadline):

Let me be very careful on how I say this, be diplomatic. I’m extremely excited for what’s happened with diversity and the choices and opportunities that we’re seeing for black people for the first time, it is amazing. But I worry because there is such a push for diversity and push for hiring people of color that I found situations that there are people being pushed into seats they’re not ready for.

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