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The success of Perry's formula has proven formidable for some black filmmakers. “We want to tell multidimensional stories with in-depth characters,” said D’Angela Steed, right, who is one of the heads of Strange Fruit Media (which produces films and television series) and recently pitched a made-for-TV drama to a cable network. Its response? “What’s the Tyler Perry version?” Nia Hill, left, Steed’s partner, added that the situation extends beyond just a lack of opportunity. “The images that are being put forth are too powerful to be taken lightly.” Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
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