Repeat Offender

Repeat OffenderTyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail (PG-13) dominated the box office this past weekend, grossing an estimated $41.1 million. That’s staggering, considering the film was made for less than $20 million and viewed by mainly African American women and a growing audience of 25 and under viewers. It’s also surprising given that the best thing about watching Madea in theaters was the chance to see the preview for Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, an upcoming film Perry has teamed with Oprah Winfrey to promote.

The Tyler Perry Formula

The Tyler Perry FormulaI once asked my homie, spoken word artist James Washington, how it is that a thugged-out brotha like him gets invited to speak at churches all the time and a (relatively speaking) clean-cut brother, like me, can’t even make it past the front door?

“Simple,” he said. “You don’t know how to speak Christianese.”