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October 23, 2014

Report: Several Black Witnesses Back Up Darren Wilson's Account Of Mike Brown Shooting

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13 Women Have Accused Bill Cosby Of Rape, So Why Has America Forgiven Him?

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UNC Officials Failed To Stop 18-Year Long Student Athlete Academic Fraud

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Michael Brown Autopsy Released

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These Biased Ideas Are Presented As Fact In Texas Curriculum Standards

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#Muslims4Ferguson Takes To Twitter To Protest Police Brutality

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Cigarette Company Finally Bans Workers From Smoking At Work

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Examining The 'Intolerable Levels Of Violence' Faced By Gay Jamaicans

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How To Make It As A Black Sitcom: Be Careful How You Talk About Race

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Ferguson Protesters Anticipate Bad News In Michael Brown Case

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'Mystery Woman' Involved In Teddy Pendergrass' Paralyzing Accident Speaks Out

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Next Time Someone Says 'White Privilege Isn't Real,' Show Them This

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The State Of Drug Use In America, In 9 Maps

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'Django Unchained' Actress And Boyfriend Charged With Lewd Conduct

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Michael Sam Cut From Cowboys' Practice Squad

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Missouri Gov Forms Commission To Look At Ferguson Unrest

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How 'Hip-Hop, As Usual, Is Ahead Of The Game'

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Labor Secretary: Lack Of Paid Parental Leave In U.S. Is Embarrassing

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Missouri State Senator Arrested During Ferguson Protests

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Obama Has Perfect Reaction To Woman's Jealous Boyfriend

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Tyler Perry: Hosting Own Show on TBS

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With the release of his forthcoming film, 'I Can Do Bad All By Myself,' little more than a week away, media maverick Tyler Perry has plans to use his home network station, TBS, as the ultimate marketing tool.

On Sept. 9, the network, in addition to Perry's Atlanta-based studios, will televise a one-hour special, titled 'The Tyler Perry Show,' to help showcase the film's stars, which include Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson; Image Award-nominee Adam Rodriguez; and Grammy-winning artists Gladys Knight, Marvin Winans and Mary J. Blige.


The cast members discuss a variety of topics, ranging from their personal lives to their current projects. Knight and Winans will give fans an exclusive performance of two songs featured on the motion picture soundtrack ('Need to Be' and 'Just Don't Wanna Know').

Following in the vein of previous Madea films, 'I Can Do Bad All By Myself' is expected to give audiences star-studded performances.

'I Can Do Bad All By Myself' hits theaters Sept. 11, while 'The Tyler Perry Show' premieres Sept. 9 at 11 p.m./ET on TBS.


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Black Filmmakers: Through The Years
Tyler Perry
No other African American filmmaker has made an impact in the film business this decade like Perry. Bringing his theatrical character Madea Simmons to the big screen has proven very successful at the box office. From 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman' to 'Madea's Family Reunion' to 'Why Did I Get Married?,' which featured the return of Janet Jackson to the big screen, Perry's films have grossed close to $300 million in four years. And having Oprah Winfrey as one of his biggest champions hasn't hurt things either. Perry and that talk-show diva will join forces in bringing Lee Daniels' critically acclaimed movie, 'Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire,' to the masses later this year.
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Black Filmmakers

    Spike Lee
    Besides Woody Allen, no other filmmaker has had more films on the big screen in the last 20 years than Lee. From 'She's Gotta Have It' to 'Jungle Fever' to the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated 'Do The Right Thing,' Lee's production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 35 films since 1983. In 2008, the Atlanta native released his latest film, 'Miracle at St. Anna,' a story about blacks fighting in WWII that stars Derek Luke and Michael Ealy.

    Oscar Micheaux
    As the pioneer of African American filmmakers, this Metropolis, Illinois, native revolutionized the film industry when he formed his own movie production company and, in 1919, became the first African American to make a film. He wrote, directed and produced the silent motion picture 'The Homesteader' and then introduced the film world to Paul Robeson in 'Body and Soul.' In 1986, the Directors Guild of America honored Micheaux with a Golden Jubilee Special Award, and today the Oscar Micheaux Award is presented each year by the Producers Guild.

    Robert Townsend
    Primarily known as a comedian, this Chicago native established himself when he wrote, directed, produced and starred in the comedy 'Hollywood Shuffle,' his 1987 film about struggling black actors. He also created and produced the CableACE award–winning 'Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime' for HBO. His best film to date is the 1991 musical 'The Five Heartbeats.' Townsend recently directed the documentary 'Why We Laugh,' a story on black comedians and their impact in America.

    Bill Duke
    Known for his imposing 6-foot-6-inch figure and action films such as 1987's 'Predator,' the Poughkeepsie, New York, native began directing feature-length films in the 1990s with the crime dramas 'A Rage in Harlem,' 'Deep Cover' and 'Hoodlum.' In 2007, Duke directed 'Cover,' which starred Vivica A. Fox, and most recently 'Not Easily Broken,' which is based on a T.D Jakes novel and stars Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson.

    Ossie Davis
    As a pioneer in the film business and a legend in the African American community, Davis was an actor, director, poet, playwright, writer and social activist whose career spanned nearly 50 years. Davis directed numerous films during the blaxploitation era, including 1970's 'Cotton Comes to Harlem' and 1973's 'Gordon's War.' Along with wife Ruby Dee, the Georgia native starred in many movies, including several of director Spike Lee's films such as 'Do The Right Thing,' 'Jungle Fever' and 'She Hate Me.'

    Melvin Van Peebles
    This Chicago actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer is most famously known for his contribution to the blaxploitation era with the independently financed and critically acclaimed film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.' The 1971 film was written, produced, scored, directed by and starred Van Peebles and tells the story of a deprived African American man on his escape from the white authority. The father of actor/ director Mario, in 2008, Melvin completed the film 'Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha,' which played at various film festivals.



    Julie Dash
    In 1991, this Queens, New York, native's film 'Daughters of the Dust,' which tells the story of three generations of Gullah women at the turn of the 20th century, was the first full-length film with general theatrical release in the United States by an African American woman. In 2004, the film was included in the National Film Registry.

    F. Gary Gray
    Having directed more than 30 music videos for artists such as Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, TLC, Dr. Dre and Mary J. Blige, and winning several awards for his work, the New York native moved into the film world with the cult favorite 'Friday,' starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. He then followed that film with another fan favorite, 'Set It Off,' with Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Jada Pinkett Smith, before moving on to big budgeted films such as 'The Negotiator,' 'The Italian Job' and 'Be Cool.' His next feature is slated to be 'Marvin: The Life Story of Marvin Gaye.'

    Forest Whitaker
    An Academy Award winner for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film 'The Last King of Scotland', the Longview, Texas, native has directed many films, including the fan favorite 1995's 'Waiting to Exhale,' based on the Terry McMillan novel of the same name. Other directorial films from Whitaker include 'Hope Floats' and 'First Daughter.'

    Lee Daniels
    Beginning his career in entertainment as a casting director and manager, the Philadelphia native worked on projects such as 'Under the Cherry Moon' and 'Purple Rain,' both of which starred Prince, before hitting the jackpot with his production of 'Monster's Ball' in 2001. That film garnered Halle Berry a best actress Oscar, making her the first African American woman to do so. In 2006, Daniels made his directorial debut with 'Shadowboxer,' which starred Oscar winners Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Helen Mirren. Just recently, in January 2009, his latest directing gig, 'Push,' won three awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including best film.

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