“Divorce in the Black” Now Streaming on Prime Video

Tyler Perry’s latest feature film “Divorce In The Black” is now available to stream on Prime Video. Ahead of its release, Tyler Perry has been making television appearances to share exclusive clips and talking about the making of this new thriller.

On Monday, Perry visited Good Morning America and talked with hosts Robin Roberts, Michael Strahan, and George Stephanopoulos about the intense but relatable journey the characters go on in the film.

Perry stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers the following day, where he told Seth the meaning of the film’s title, and shared how being raised by strong, funny women shaped his life.

On the morning of the premiere, Perry visited LIVE with Kelly & Mark where he shared with hosts Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos how he fatefully met one of the movie’s stars, Debbi Morgan, at a Beyoncé concert.

Directed and written by Perry, the film follows Ava, a young bank professional who is devastated when her husband Dallas abandons a marriage she is determined to fight for. However, fate intervenes, revealing Dallas’ wicked deeds that have trashed their marriage, and once upon a time sabotaged Ava’s destiny to be loved by her true soulmate. The film stars Meagan Good, Cory Hardrict, Joseph Lee Anderson, Taylor Polidore, Shannon Wallace, Richard Lawson, and Debbi Morgan, and names Good, Angi Bones, Will Areu, and Dianne Ashford as producers alongside Perry.

This project marks Perry’s latest installment in the four-picture deal he inked with Amazon Studios in 2022. Perry has so far announced two other films as part of the deal: the dramas “Joy Ridge” and “Black, White, & Blue.”

Stream “Divorce in the Black” now on Prime Video.

“Divorce In The Black” Trailer Out Now

The official trailer for Tyler Perry’s “Divorce In The Black” — which is slated to begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video on July 11th — is now live and giving viewers a glimpse into the forthcoming thriller.

Directed and written by Perry, the film follows Ava, a young bank professional who is devastated when her husband Dallas abandons a marriage she is determined to fight for. However, fate intervenes, revealing Dallas’ wicked deeds that have trashed their marriage, and once upon a time sabotaged Ava’s destiny to be loved by her true soulmate. The film stars Meagan Good, Cory Hardrict, Joseph Lee Anderson, Taylor Polidore, Shannon Wallace, Richard Lawson, and Debbi Morgan, and names Good, Angi Bones, Will Areu, and Dianne Ashford as producers alongside Perry.

This project will mark Perry’s latest installment in the four-picture deal he inked with Amazon in 2022. Perry has so far announced two other films as part of the deal: the dramas “Joy Ridge” and “Black, White, & Blue.”

Watch the trailer for “Divorce In The Black” below, and mark your calendars for the film’s streaming release on Prime on July 11th.

Tyler Perry Writes Op-Ed About Racial Discrimination By Law Enforcement

Tyler Perry has penned a moving op-ed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, titled “Flying while Black shouldn’t be a crime,” that offers insight into the decision that he and 10 other Black actors and directors made in filing a friend-of-the-court brief as part of a major racial discrimination lawsuit against the police department in Clayton County. 

In the article, Perry details how comedians Eric André and Clayton English were racially profiled and harassed by local law enforcement while traveling through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport in 2021, and discusses how the widespread problem of racial profiling and discrimination carried out by law enforcement affects Black people in Atlanta and beyond.

“Every act of racial discrimination is a broken promise, an affront to our dignity, an insult to Atlanta’s history and a vestige of a history that America must leave behind,” Perry writes. “This must stop. Civic leaders should see to that. And if not, it is my hope that the judiciary will weigh in and affirm the obvious: Racial discrimination by law enforcement is wrong, and it’s against the law. In the 21st century, Black people must have the freedom to travel without worrying about being stopped because of the color of our skin.”

Read Tyler Perry’s op-ed in its entirety in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Tyler Perry To Write And Direct New Film “Straw” For Netflix

As part of his content deal with the streamer, Tyler Perry is set to write and direct Netflix’s upcoming drama “Straw.” The film follows a single mother as she faces a series of unfortunate events that leads her down an unexpected path. According to the logline, “she becomes entangled in a situation she never imagined and finds herself at the center of suspicion in a world that seems indifferent to her existence.”

The film will star Taraji P. Henson, Sherri Shepherd, Teyana Taylor, Glynn Turman, Sinbad, Rockmond Dunbar, and Mike Merrill. Angi Bones and Tony Strickland will also produce the film alongside Perry.

“Straw” is the latest project resulting from Perry and Netflix’s creative partnership, in which Perry will write, direct, and produce features and series under respective multi-year, first-look deals. Perry currently has several other projects under way with Netflix, including the film “Six Triple Eight” and the drama series “Beauty in Black.” His most recent Netflix release, “Mea Culpa” starring Kelly Rowland, premiered earlier this year.

Stay tuned for more news about “Straw.”

Tyler Perry Studios Partners With DeVon Franklin And Expands Relationship With Netflix To Develop Faith-Based Films

Tyler Perry Studios and producer DeVon Franklin are partnering with Netflix to produce faith-based films under a multi-year, multi-picture, first-look deal. Both Perry and Franklin will share producer credits as they team up in conjunction with Tyler Perry Studios. This deal marks the latest expansion of Perry’s creative relationship with Netflix.

The first film under this new partnership will be “R&B,” written by Mike Elliott and Cory Tynan, and described as a modern-day retelling of the story of Ruth and Boaz, an iconic Biblical love story. Set in Tennessee, “R&B” follows a young woman who escapes the Atlanta music scene to care for an elderly widowed woman, only to find the love of her life and gain the mother she never had.  

“I’m so excited to be working with DeVon on this and future projects. I think in this polarizing world, and at a time where the world seems to be growing colder everyday, we both share the common goal of wanting to spread some good. And there’s no better place than Netflix,” Perry said in a statement.

“Tyler and I have been great friends for over 15 years, so when he called me to team up on movies that can uplift the human spirit, I jumped at the chance and we couldn’t have a better partner than Netflix to help us inspire the world,” Franklin said in his own statement.

In addition to this new partnership, Perry has multi-year, first-look series and features deals with Netflix that sees Perry write, direct and produce a variety of projects. Perry’s other upcoming projects with Netflix include the inspiring feature “Six Triple Eight” and new drama series “Beauty in Black.” His most recent film with Netflix,“Mea Culpa,” debuted at #1 on the streamer’s Top 10 English films.

“We couldn’t be more excited to expand our relationship with Tyler Perry Studios. Tyler and DeVon have created some of the most inspiring movies in the faith-based space, so they are perfect partners to help us bring even more of these stories to our members,” Niija Kuykendall, vp of Netflix Film, said in a statement.

Stay tuned for more on Tyler Perry and DeVon Franklin’s ongoing creative partnership with Netflix and updates about “R&B.”

Tyler Perry Studios Partners With Asylum Entertainment Group to Develop Unscripted Programming

Antoinetta Stallings Named as VP of Unscripted Programming

 

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Tyler Perry Studios is moving further into the world of unscripted programming — the company has teamed up with Steve Michaels’ Asylum Entertainment Group for a brand new joint venture that will see them co-develop and co-produce unscripted projects for the world market. 

As a part of this unprecedented deal, Tyler Perry Studios has named Antoinetta Stallings as VP of Unscripted Programming, who will work alongside Asylum to produce unscripted formats. Stallings’s credits include 106 & Park, Rising Icons, Black Girls Rock, Grand Designs, Down South Dance and Fox’s dating game show Take Me Out.

“I’m excited to bring the world of unscripted content to Tyler Perry Studios. We’ve never tapped into this area of entertainment before and we’re looking forward to working closely with Asylum to bring unique real world stories to life.  I’m also proud to recognize the work that Antoinetta has been doing at the studio and promote her to this position of overseeing this new creative arm at the studio,” Perry said in a statement.

“Our collaboration with Tyler Perry Studios represents a fusion of unrivaled talent, ingenuity and passion for storytelling,” added Steve Michaels. “Together, we are poised to make our mark on the unscripted landscape by creating content that entertains, inspires and reflects the rich tapestry of human experiences.”   

Stay tuned for more news about future unscripted projects from Tyler Perry Studios and Asylum Entertainment Group.

Tyler Perry & BET Extend Their Content Partnership With New Multi-Year Deal

Tyler Perry has extended his content partnership with BET Media Group through 2028. This new multi-year, non-exclusive deal replaces Perry’s previous agreement with the company, which expires this year. Perry previously partnered with BET in 2019 to create content for both the cable network and its new streaming service, BET+.

The new deal includes renewals for Perry’s popular BET series “Sistas,” “The Oval,” “Assisted Living,” and “House of Payne” and BET+ shows “Zatima,” “Ruthless,” “All the Queen’s Men,” and “Bruh.” The company has also ordered a new scripted crime drama series from Perry for BET+ titled “Route 187,” which will be executive produced, directed and written by Perry. The pact also calls for Perry to develop more new programming for both outlets. 

“Tyler Perry is simply without rival as a creator of content that powerfully resonates with audiences across genres, formats, and platforms,” BET Media Group president and CEO Scott Mills said in a statement. “We are thrilled to extend our extraordinary relationship with Tyler and to continue to be the home of the largest and most diverse collection of new Tyler Perry content for years to come.”

“Scott Mills and his team at BET have been incredibly supportive throughout our time working together, and I’m excited to continue bringing these stories to the screen,”  Perry said in a statement. “I’m grateful to our loyal audiences for watching week after week and engaging these stories.”

This deal with BET is the most recent in a set of partnerships forged by Perry. Last year, he finalized a first-look features deal with Netflix, and added a first-look series deal with the streamer earlier this year. Separately, Perry has a four-film deal with Amazon Studios.

Netflix Announces Cast for New Tyler Perry Series “Beauty In Black”

Tyler Perry’s new Netflix series “Beauty in Black” has found its cast. Netflix made the official casting announcement for the upcoming project, revealing that Taylor Polidore Williams, Crystle Stewart, Amber Reign Smith, and more have joined the cast of the show.

“Beauty in Black” is part of Perry’s previously announced multi-year first-look deal with Netflix, where he is set to write, direct, and produce features for the streamer. In addition to Perry, Angi Bones and Tony Strickland will serve as producers for the show.

The series, which is written, directed, and produced by Perry, follows two women leading very different lives. Taylor Polidore Williams will play Kimmie, who struggles to make ends meet after her mother kicks her out, while Mallory, played by Crystle Stewart, finds success running her own business. Eventually, they find themselves entangled in each other’s lives.

The full cast includes more familiar faces from Tyler Perry projects:

• Taylor Polidore Williams (Divorce in the Black, Snowfall) as Kimmie
• Amber Reign Smith (Outlaw Posse, Wu-Tang: An American Saga) as Rain
• Crystle Stewart (Tyler Perry’s The Oval, Acrimony) as Mallory
• Ricco Ross (A Husband for Christmas, Aliens) as Horace
• Debbi Morgan (Power, Power Book II: Ghost) as Olivia
• Richard Lawson (Black Hamptons, For Colored Girls) as Norman
• Steven G. Norfleet (Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, Ruthless) as Charles
• Julian Horton (National Champions, Tyler Perry’s Bruh) as Roy
• Terrell Carter (Empire; From Scratch) as Varley
• Shannon Wallace (Diarra from Detroit, City on a Hill) as Calvin
• Bryan Tanaka (Entourage) as Officer Alex
• Joy Rovaris (Saint Clare, The Neighborhood) as Gillian
• Xavier Smalls as Angel
• Charles Malik Whitfield (The Temptations, If Loving You is Wrong) as Jules
• Tamera “Tee” Kissen (House Party, White Men Can’t Jump) as Body
• Ursula O. Robinson (Hightown) as Delinda
• Ashley Versher (This is Me… Now, Law & Order) as Lena
• George Middlebrook (The Final Play, McGraw Ave H-Block) as Officer Trackson

Stay tuned for more information about the release of “Beauty in Black.”

Tyler Perry Announces Third Film For Amazon, “Joy Ridge”

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Tyler Perry has wrapped production on the third movie in his four-picture deal with Amazon MGM Studios, a drama tentatively titled “Joy Ridge.”

Perry wrote, directed and produced the film, which stars “P-Valley” and “Mea Culpa” star Shannon Thornton alongside “Run The World” star Tosin Morohunfola. Tyler Perry Studios executives Angi Bones and Will Areu produced the film alongside Perry.

“Amidst the picturesque landscapes of Colorado, Joy Thornton finds herself on a holiday trip with a man she envisions as ‘the one,” the film’s official logline reads. “However, her journey takes an enchanting turn as she stumbles upon someone who might just redefine her notions about the life she once knew back home.”

Tyler Perry has now announced three of the movies in the four-picture deal he inked with Amazon in 2022. Last summer, Perry and Amazon revealed the first two films he’s delivering: the dramas “Black, White & Blue” and “Divorce in the Black.”

Stay tuned for more information about the release of these upcoming films.

Tyler Perry’s Netflix Thriller “Mea Culpa” Premieres In New York

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Netflix’s new drama thriller “Mea Culpa,” written, directed, and produced by Tyler Perry, begins streaming soon, and to celebrate, the streamer hosted a theatrical premiere at The Paris Theater in New York. It was a star-studded event, as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Michelle Williams, Sherri Shepherd, and more joined Perry and the film’s stars, Kelly Rowland and Trevante Rhodes, to screen the film.

Below, see more photos from the premiere.

Watch the trailer for “Mea Culpa” here, and mark your calendars for the film’s streaming release on Netflix on February 23rd.

Tyler Perry Appears On “The Today Show” & “The Tonight Show” Ahead Of “Mea Culpa” Premiere on Netflix

As we get closer to the February 23rd premiere of the new Netflix crime thriller “Mea Culpa,” writer, director, and producer of the film, Tyler Perry, is visiting friends to spread the word about the film.

On Wednesday morning, Perry appeared on The Today Show, where he sat down with Hoda Kotb to talk about the making of “Mea Culpa,” the power of making people laugh through his iconic Madea character, and the advice from his late mother that he continues to live by. Later on, Perry spoke with Hoda and Jenna Bush Hager about his friendship with Oprah Winfrey, the importance of giving back, and what continues to motivate and inspire him, and was joined by one of the film’s stars, Trevante Rhodes, to talk more about the creation of this thrilling new film.

That evening, he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he talked about getting to see Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour, his love of the thriller genre, and what it was like to direct the “Mea Culpa” paint scene that will have audiences talking upon the film’s release. Next, he is set to appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show on February 23rd.

Written, directed, and produced by Perry and starring Kelly Rowland and Trevante Rhodes, “Mea Culpa” tells the story of a criminal defense attorney who, in the hopes of becoming partner, takes on the case of an artist who may or may not have murdered his girlfriend.

Watch the trailer for “Mea Culpa” here, and mark your calendars for the film’s release on Netflix on February 23rd.

Tyler Perry Strikes First-Look Series Deal With Netflix

Tyler Perry has struck a new multi-year first-look series deal with Netflix, adding on to the first-look features deal he struck with the streamer in October of last year. As part of this new arrangement, Netflix has ordered a new drama series from Perry entitled “Beauty In Black,” the first greenlight under the deal.

“Beauty In Black” is a 16-episode drama series written, directed, and produced by Perry. It follows two women leading different lives — Kimmie is struggling to make a living after her mother kicked her out and Mallory is running a successful business — who find themselves entangled in each other’s lives. Angi Bones and Tony Strickland are set to produce “Beauty in Black” for Tyler Perry Studios.

Perry will also soon release the Netflix feature “Mea Culpa” which comes to the streamer on February 23rd. Written, directed, and produced by Perry and starring Kelly Rowland and Trevante Rhodes, “Mea Culpa” tells the story of a criminal defense attorney who, in the hopes of becoming partner, takes on the case of an artist who may or may not have murdered his girlfriend.

Stay tuned for more on Tyler Perry’s ongoing creative partnership with Netflix and for updates on the release of “Beauty In Black.”

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