As African-American incomes see stark increases, journalist says blacks must shift from consumers to producers to find true wealth

Pitting director/actor Tyler Perry’s Madea character against longtime Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise doesn’t seem like a fair fight, but apparently Madea packs quite a punch at the box office.

African-American movie patrons plunked down enough cash to make Perry’s comedy “Boo! A Madea Halloween” the winner at the nation’s box offices last October, with Cruise’s action thriller sequel, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” coming in second place.