2006 Black Movie Awards - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)
Within a few short years, writer-director-producer-actor Tyler Perry emerged not only as one of the most recognizable names in entertainment, but as a media brand unto himself. Beginning with his first theatrical production, 1999's "I Know I've Been Changed," Perry connected with an under-represented, yet fiercely loyal fan base as he presented shows on the urban theater circuit. Adapting his plays into modestly budgeted feature films, he introduced America to boisterous matriarch Madea, a one-woman Greek chorus, in highly-profitable offerings like "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" (2005) and "Madea's Family Reunion" (2006). Perry found an equally receptive audience on television with the broad sitcom, "House of Payne" (syndicated, 2006; TBS, 2007- ) and its subsequent spin-off series. Astonishingly prolific, he churned out several non-Madea films, as well, including "Why Did I Get Married?" (2007) and "The Family That Preys" (2008). Together with his friend and inspiration, Oprah Winfrey, Perry went on to produce the heart-wrenching drama, "Precious" (2009). By the following decade, he had grown in stature to the degree that he was deemed fit to fill the great Morgan Freeman's shoes when he took on the role of the eponymous fictional detective in the thriller, "Alex Cross" (2012). Decried as heavy-handed morality plays populated with stereotypical caricatures by most critics and many in the African-American entertainment community, there was no denying that Perry's offerings struck a chord with a broad cross-section of audiences who saw their own families in his raucous slices of life.