September 19 is the official launch of BET+, the new joint venture between Viacom, BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios. The new online streaming service will provide thousands of hours of Black pop-culture content, including many of our favorite TV shows and movies. The service will also debut brand new originals from Black creators, including Perry, Will Packer, Tracy Oliver and more. The ad-free subscription for the video-on-demand service is priced at $9.99 a month.
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In an exclusive statement from BET Networks President Scott Mills, Mills stated:
“We are thrilled to offer a streaming experience of content curated for the underserved African-American audience with BET+. African-Americans have a higher SVOD adoption rate than any other consumer base on the market, which is why BET+ is a natural complement of BET’s linear network, which has been and continues to be the leading home of black culture for decades.”
Of course some of Tyler Perry's most beloved films are set to hit the app. With that said, here are some of the production powerhouse's movies that we anticipate seeing on BET+!
Who can forget the quirky comedy featuring Tyler Perry reprising his role as the beloved Madea? The 2006 film also stars a young Keke Palmer playing Nikki, Madea's court-mandated foster child, whom she consistently clashes with in this slap-knee comedy.
This 2005 dramedy was good enough to almost make us forget Shemar Moore was wearing a cornrowed lace front the entire movie. To this day, fans still can't stand the sight of Charles (Steve Harris), the no-good husband who gave his loyal wife, Helen (Kimberly Elise), the boot for his trifling mistress. Thank goodness for Madea keeping that pistol in her purse. *pewn, pewn.*
This 2007 Tyler Perry film was one for the rom-com books! Starring a plethora of some of our faves, from Tasha Smith, Janet Jackson and Jill Scott to Michael J. White, Lamman Rucker and Tyler Perry himself, Why Did I Get Married? left fans with one-liners and slick comebacks for days for their beloved (or not so beloved) partners and exes. The film was also one of Perry's firsts where we got to see the famed producer and actor playing a role other than that of Madea. In Why Did I Get Married?, Tyler Perry plays Terry, the devoted doctor and husband to Diane (Sharon Leal).
Just because they're in your bloodline doesn't mean they won't cross the line. Perry's 2008 The Family That Preys stars both Taraji P. Henson and Sanaa Lathan playing polar-opposite daughters to on-screen mom Alfre Woodward. Woodward, who plays Alice Reynolds, is best friends with well-to-do socialite Charlotte Cartwright, played by the bold (and the bomb) Kathy Bates.
This intense 2013 drama and romance stars married couple Judith and Bryce (played by Jurnee Smollet-Bell and Lance Gross, respectively), who encounter marital woes when the ultra conservative Judith engages in an intense love affair with her employer. Unfortunately, what starts off as simply a salacious, extramarital affair soon turns explosive -- with no turning back.
Idris Elba as a single father to three beautiful young girls? Yes, please. Daddy's Little Girls (2013) is a heartwarming drama and about a struggling mechanic and dad, Monty (Elba), who enlists the help of attorney Julia Rossmore (Gabrielle Union) to help gain full custody of his daughters from their drug-dealing mother.
When it's not about single dads, it's all about the single moms thugging it out together in the hardest of 'hoods -- motherhood. This 2014 dramedy from Tyler Perry stars five struggling mothers, played by actresses Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao and Cocoa Brown, who put their differences aside to form a support group -- and sisterhood of sorts -- to help each other overcome the hardships that come with parenthood.
This romantic comedy stars some recurring Tyler Perry movie faves, including Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union and Perry himself. Wesley Deeds (Perry) finds himself in quite the love triangle between his fiancé, Natalie (Union), and employee, Lindsey (Newton), who plays a single mother and cleaner for Deeds' company.
Perry's 2018 comedy Nobody's Fool stars comedic actress Tiffany Haddish playing alongside Tika Sumpter as the pair make for the perfect polar-opposite siblings. Fresh from serving a five-year stint in prison, Tanya (Haddish) is taken in by sister Danica (Sumpter) for a whirlwind adventure that includes Tanya tracking down Danica's "catfish" internet-bae.
I Can Do Bad All by Myself is a 2009 comedy and drama by Perry, starring Taraji P. Henson. In the film, Perry reprises his role as Madea, who, along with brother Joe (also played by Perry), catches three children breaking into their home. Instead of turning them in to the police, Madea helps the parentless kids track down their only known relative, their night-club singing, boozy aunt, April (Henson).
A beautiful adaptation of Ntozake Shange's 1975 chorepoem of the same name, Perry's A-list packed cast stars everyone from Loretta Devine, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson, to Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise and many other recurring Perry-film actors.
However, one thing we cannot and will not forget is that Beau (Michael Ealy) dropped them babies from the balcony! Nearly a decade later, and we still haven't forgiven him!
Be sure to learn more about the BET+ app here!
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