for colored girls who can act, will tyler perry be enuf?

Is Tyler Perry Enuff [sic] to Direct For Colored Girls
by Charing Ball

“I sort of have this love/hate relationship with Tyler Perry.

I love Perry, the self-made millionaire, who first achieved success outside of the mainstream and uses his creative gift to not only build an empire but to put many black actors and actresses to work.

With that said, there are a few things about Perry that I just can’t stand: First, the quality of his writing, which relies heavily on the one-dimensional, campy themes of blackness in each and every film and play he has ever made. And secondly, his character development, which often times straddles the line between coonery and exploitation is especially disturbing.”

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About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

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