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Rev. Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network honored actor, producer and director, Tyler Perry last Wednesday at their Triumph Awards.

Sharpton would call Tyler Perry’s, critics “proper negroes” who don’t understand regular Black folk.

Sharpton said Perry has given work to many black actors who have been ignored by Hollywood, and has created an empire on his own terms: “The ultimate pride is where you don’t have to bend and adjust for others to accept you. … He didn’t go mainstream, he brought mainstream to us.”

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