In “Peeples” Grace’s family is an affluent member of the Sag Harbor community. While the Peeples are far from perfect, they wear their upper class status with ease. While the media would have you believe the only way black people can acquire wealth is to sing and dance or dribble a ball, it’s refreshing to see a family who’s success is founded on education and good old book smarts.
Tyler Perry is paying it forward
With 13 films under his belt and a solidified relationship with Lionsgate Studios, Perry is now using his power to help other aspiring filmmakers with his production company 34th Street Films. “Peeples” is the first feature film for writer/director Tina Chism Gordon, and if the movie banks at the office, could open the door for others to join Perry’s growing film empire.
There’s no school like the old school
When your granddaughter is “it” girl Kerry Washington, it’s time to call in the Hollywood old guard. Diahann Carroll and Melvin Van Peeples make a brief but hilarious cameo as Grace’s grandparents, adding to the dysfunction and hilarity that is the Peeples family.
“PEEPLES” opens nationwide May 10th