Tyler Perry and Barack Obama

What do the two have in common? A Hollywood movie

already mesmerized the imaginations of millions of Americans. Win or lose, he will undoubtedly be the stuff that books, debates, news, media and pop culture are made of for many years to come.

George Alexander’s column on the business of entertainment appears weekly at blackenterprise.com. He is the author of “Why We Make Movies” (Random House, $15.95).

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