Madea Goes To Wall Street

Via Vulture, Tyler Perry ranks as the highest-paid man in entertainment, according to Forbes:


In Hollywood, actors like Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp get most of the attention but they aren't necessarily the ones who are making the most money. Just check out our list of Entertainment's Highest-Paid Men. Only two of the ten men on our list are actors and one of those actors earns most of his money as a writer/director/producer. 

That would be the multi-talented Tyler Perry. If his face is not instantly recognizable that's because in his movies he often appears dressed in drag as Madea, the wide-hipped, argumentative, no-nonsense character who has starred in six of Perry's movies. Madea has also shown up in one of Perry's TV shows, House of Payne.

The temptation is to hope that this would be a signal that Hollywood is now free to broaden its offering to African-Americans. More likely, this just means a rabid hunt for the "next Tyler Perry." Or the "Latino Tyler Perry." 
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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