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Next Big Thing: Solea Pfeiffer on ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ and “Getting To Represent Who I Am” on Screen

Solea Pfeiffer was on the phone with Don Cheadle about a possible appearance on his Showtime series Black Monday when another call came in. She ignored it. The 27-year-old actress didn’t end up working with Cheadle, but she did land a lead role in A Jazzman’s Blues, a period drama directed by Tyler Perry, who […]

Tyler Perry Talks About the Need for “Time and Training” to Create Lasting Diversity in Hollywood

Ahead of premiering his latest feature, A Jazzman’s Blues, at the Toronto International Film Festival, Tyler Perry sat down for a wide-ranging conversation about the long road to making the period drama and his hope for diversity in the entertainment industry. “I am extremely excited for what has happened. The diversity, the choices, the opportunities,” […]

Toronto Flashback: In 2009, Tyler Perry Made His TIFF Debut With ‘Precious’

Tyler Perry might be a first-time writer-director at Toronto, presenting his film A Jazzman’s Blues on Sunday before it hits Netflix on Sept. 23, but he’s no TIFF newbie. Thirteen years ago, Perry attended the fest with Precious, on which he and Oprah Winfrey served as executive producers. Directed by Lee Daniels and starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, […]