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From Madea to Media MogulTheorizing Tyler Perry$
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TreaAndrea M. Russworm, Samantha N. Sheppard, and Karen M. Bowdre

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496807045

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.001.0001

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Spike and Tyler’s Beef: Blackness, Authenticity, and Discourses of Black Exceptionalism

Spike and Tyler’s Beef: Blackness, Authenticity, and Discourses of Black Exceptionalism

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(p.180) Chapter Nine Spike and Tyler’s Beef: Blackness, Authenticity, and Discourses of Black Exceptionalism
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From Madea to Media Mogul
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Karen M. Bowdre

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.003.0009

Moving the conversation about Perry to a more meta-discursive level, Karen M. Bowdre’s chapter features an examination of the careers of Spike Lee and Tyler Perry.The way we discuss Black Hollywood and independent directors, argues Bowdre, reinforces a (Black) American exceptionalismthat materializes as a flawed tendency to evaluate and elevate one Black director at a time. Bowdre demonstrates that while at the onset Perry and Lee may seem worlds apart both artistically and ideologically, both directors have benefited from a similar system of exclusion.

Keywords:   Black Exceptionalism, Blackness, Authenticity, Spike Lee, Independent Black Directors

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