African-American Television Writers: Breaking Barriers & Creating History

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Rebel-With-a-Clause: Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry struck gold as creator of TBS family hits “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne.” The Talented Mr. Perry got some shade thrown at him by insiders, but still managed to lead “House of Payne” to break viewership records for a cable sitcom. In 2008, Perry’s comedies came with a touch of drama when “House of Payne” writers teamed up with the Writers Guild of America to file an unfair labor practice complaint. As a result, Tyler Perry Studios became a signatory to a WGA contract allowing his writers to be unionized. Who knew the writer was also a revolutionary?

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