Tyler Perry and Oprah Chat About Lack of Black Roles in Hollywood [VIDEO]

Tyler Perry is best known for his stage plays that were eventually produced and shot on film. Most of his audience can relate to one or several color characters portrayed in the Perry’s films which is likely the driving force of his success. What’s not to be overlooked, however, the employment of black actors who otherwise would be without work. Why is there such a lack of representation of African Americans on screen? The mega director sat down with Oprah in a recent interview to dissect the situation.

As a producer actively creating roles for African-American women, Tyler Perry has a clear opinion on where that criticism comes from — and it really is quite simple, he says.

In an interview with Oprah for “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Tyler says it all comes down to the writers’ unique perspectives. Using himself as an example, Tyler explains how his perspective has led him to create roles for African-Americans.

“For me, I’m telling stories from my own life and in my own life, there are lots of black women,” Tyler tells Oprah. “You write about what you know.”

“So, there just need to be more writers,” Oprah posits.

Tyler says yes and adds that he doesn’t feel that the lack of roles for African-Americans comes down to any hidden Hollywood agenda. “I just feel like the storytellers are telling stories that don’t necessarily include a lot of us,” Tyler says. “We need more storytellers and more people in power to give the strength to those storytellers to be able to tell those stories.”


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