quote:Originally posted by Yemaya:
Tyler Perry has the African-American Christian locked up. Of all of the plays that used to run on the Chitlin' circuit, he had the most successful. But I think that there is also a strong desire in the our community to see movies about ourselves other than comedies.
I'll only say this. I'm part of the African-American Christian circuit and I have serious concerns about the imagery in Tyler Perry films/plays. I've enjoyed the singing in a couple, but can't overlook the stereotypes and lack of genuinely positive roles in the plays. I'd love to see a serious drama about us, some comedies that don't lampoon us, an action film that doesn't criminalize us. There are surely enough of us asking for them to insure a market for them. I won't be seeing Why Did I Get Married after reading a few reviews about the immorality and unfortunate imagery the film conveys, even if there is a redemptive message thrown in down the line. That's just my opinion.