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Perry and Poitier feted at Essence

Tyler Perry has urged black filmmakers to find alternative ways of getting their movies into cinemas at an event honouring black men in Hollywood.

The Alex Cross star was among those honoured by Essence at a celebration held at his own mansion.

Others honorees included Spike Lee, Malcolm Lee and Sidney Poitier, who gave a moving speech that in part paid tribute to black actors who opened the doors for future generations.

While Spike Lee lamented the lack of blacks at power-making decisions at studios, Tyler, who owns his own studio, stressed the importance of ownership, reminding his fellow filmmakers there is "more than one path" to getting films made.

The evening was the prelude to Essence's annual celebration of black women in Hollywood.

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