Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Jay Z, Whoopie Goldberg, Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, Will & Jada Smith and The Clintons were among the 800 guests at the grand opening gala of Tyler Perry Studios.
During the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, the A-Listers were there. The politicians and entertainers came out to show their support for this history making moment. “For people to drop what they’re doing in their very busy schedules to come and join me in this moment is beyond anything I could’ve imagined. It makes me happy. It makes me want to cry. It makes me grateful. It’s just I’m beyond, I’m over the moon right now,” Tyler gratefully expressed.
Tyler told his guests, “If I can get you to leave this weekend feeling like I did that day, we’re going to change some major things in this world. Sometimes your dreams are on life support. You don’t know if you’ll make it, but being exposed to something bigger can give your dreams the life it needs.”
He continued, “If I can build studios on this land that was once a confederate army base …” The crowd burst into applause, as Perry added, “We all get to stand here equally — black, white, whatever — this is the American dream.”
The Studio houses 12 large Sound stages respectfully dedicated to African-American legends on 330 acres of former Confederate land. Now, that land is solely owned by one prominent Mogul and Philanthropist named Tyler Perry.
During a recent interview with CBS This Morning, Tyler says he plans on building a compound on the studio property to shelter trafficking victims, homeless women, and displaced LGBTQ youth. He further explains that residents can simultaneously undergo on-site job training for the film industry. (Loren Fouroux)
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