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  • Ronda Racha Penrice

    Editorial Contributor


Even teaming with Oprah, Tyler Perry incites critics

His OWN shows debuted to big ratings and bigger criticism

Clearly Atlanta’s adopted son Tyler Perry is the most polarizing African American entertainment figure of our time. When it was announced last fall that Perry would team with the almighty Oprah to produce original series for her network OWN, there were many raised eyebrows. Read More

Tyler Perry and Oprah Join Forces

Everybody Gets 
a TV Show!

Oprah sightings may become more frequent now that she and Tyler Perry have taken their relationship to the OWN level. Under an exclusive partnership, the Oprah Winfrey Network will be Perry’s “singular destination for all new television series and projects.” This includes two scripted shows scheduled to debut by midyear. The first, The Haves and the Have Nots, is based on a Perry play and will shoot here this spring. Read More


My piece of africa came by way of Mississippi

When I got to New York, it was an entirely different story. As a Columbia student in the early 1990s, I found the self-professed NYC melting pot very anti-South. Read More