Fans defend Tyler Perry’s ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ similarity to ‘The Notebook’ (video)

This is the movie mogul’s 2nd dramatic motion picture for Netflix
Fans defend Tyler Perry's 'A Jazzman's Blues' similarity to 'The Notebook' (video)
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Tyler Perry dropped the emotion-packed teaser to his second film for Netflix titled A Jazzman’s Blues, a story about forbidden love and family secrets in the Deep South in the 1940s.

Perry penned A Jazzman’s Blues in the ’90s, and it was the first screenplay he wrote. He was going to drop the movie in 2006 but it never came to fruition.


“The landscape never agreed to it,” he told the outlet. “I wrote it in 1995 and waited for the right time to do it. I never figured out when was the right time because I was building the brand and doing the things that I knew my audience wanted. My focus was always making sure we had a hit. Because, as a Black person, it could change your whole career if you have a flop. But watching what’s happening now, many people in politics want to rewrite Black people’s history, marginalize it, change it, and water it down. I thought, ‘Here’s the time to tell the story.’ ”

Even though Perry penned the screenplay nearly 30 years ago — which stars Joshua Boone as Bayou and Amirah Vann as Leanne –— some social media critics claim the movie greatly resembles 2004’s The Notebook, which took place during the same time period in the Carolinas. Some are saying that A Jazzman’s Blues is simply the Black version of The Notebook. Another person claims that a film about Black people with no rights is Perry’s way to try to finally win over the predominantly White Oscar Academy.


Take a look at the clip from A Jazzman’s Blues, which opens on Sept. 23, 2022, then check out some of the mixed responses.

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