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FILE - In this Sunday, July 1, 2012, file photo, Tyler Perry smiles on stage at the BET Awards, in Los Angeles. Essence is known for honoring black women, but during Oscar week, they'll also be lauding the accomplishments of African-American men in film. The magazine is launching its first "Black Men in Hollywood" dinner, an intimate affair that will salute the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Malcolm Lee and filmmaker Perry, who will host the event. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - In this Sunday, July 1, 2012, file photo, Tyler Perry smiles on stage at the BET Awards, in Los Angeles. Essence is known for honoring black women, but during Oscar week, they'll also be lauding the accomplishments of African-American men in film. The magazine is launching its first "Black Men in Hollywood" dinner, an intimate affair that will salute the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Malcolm Lee and filmmaker Perry, who will host the event. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

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