'A Jazzman's Blues' is a Netflix film that follows Bayou and Leanne through their lives, while also retaining their love over the years, despite all odds. The film, which is directed by Tyler Perry, focuses on the real life of a particular person. Here's what we know so far.
Is A Jazzman's Blues Based on Real Events?
'A Jazzman's Blues' is not based on true events. It is a unique narrative written by Tyler Perry, who is still working on his dissertation. "I was talking to him about the kinds of plays that I'd written and what I wanted to do," Perry said. "I went home, and 'Jazzman' poured out of me."
'A Jazzman's Blues' was largely inspired by his own experiences. "It was a reflection on my own life, and I think, subconsciously, a lot of my own life showed up during writing." Perry said.
Perry discovered a picture of his grandmother who he had never met. "She looked like a white woman." "We believe that there's another part of my family that passed for white," he said. "My father referred to me as "Red." We were treated poorly by me and my other sister because we had brown skin. "We've all experienced the same thing," Perry said of Leanne's passing.
Perry realized that his story was still as relevant as it was when he first wrote it. “They want to prohibit books, they don't want to teach talk about slavery, and they don't want to talk about the things that Black people endured in America. So I thought it's time to do it.