The Tyler Perry cinematic universe is one for the culture whether you’re a fan of his films or not. He is an actor, producer, writer, and director. Perry almost always wears all of those hats during his creation process. He started off as a playwright and wrote, produced, and directed many stage plays in the 1990s and early 2000s. Using the experience he gained from plays, he conceptualized some of the same ideas and turned them into film scripts. Indeed, many of his plays have been adapted for the big screen. One of the first projects Perry flipped was I Can Do Bad All By Myself, which stars Tarji P. Henson. While this was Perry’s first play, he was able to create a different project by changing the premise for the film and still paying homage to the original concept.
He’s also made his way to television with a lot of his projects being aired on BET through this multi-year partnership with close friend Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network. Prior to his partnership, one of his more notable television shows is Tyler Perry’s House of Payne which began its run on TBS in 2006. The show is now in its 12th season and is airing on BET. He also created a spin-off titled Meet the Browns, which ran from 2009-2012 for four seasons.
Tyler Perry’s Cultural Impact
While Perry has been successful in film and entertainment for over two decades now, he has been criticized for his portrayal of African-Americans in his projects. Some criticize how he chooses to display some themes that are traumatic — if you’ve watched For Colored Girls you know. While some consider his light-hearted films as just entertainment rather than stereotyping African-Americans.
Another part of his cultural impact is that he has given opportunities to Black aspiring actors and actresses for several years. He has also been inspirational due to the fact that he’s made a fortune for himself by creating and is officially a billionaire who came from humble beginnings. He also acquired a 330-acre lot in Atlanta for his official film studio in 2008 and is the first major film studio in the nation to be solo-owned by an African American.
Take a look at six of his best films below: