Written by Judaea Payne
While this Saturday night was ordinary for us, this past Saturday night was the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta drew out more black famous faces than we could possibly count. From A-list celebs to influential politicians to old-Hollywood royalty and the best of the best in music, this night will go down in history. Representing the best in black excellence from every side of the industry, guests arrived onsite at Tyler Perry’s massive 330-acre lot, which he stated he purposefully built it in one of Atlanta’s poorest neighborhoods so that “kids can see a black man can do that and they can too,” he said in a statement.
Everyone from Ludacris, Usher, 2Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé (who stated that she couldn’t stop crying and made her dream bigger) and Jay-Z just to name a few. A handful of nonagenarians were also in attendance, like 94-year-old Cicely Tyson, one of Perry’s sound stages is named after her; each one is named for a different influential black artist. The remarkable studio was constructed atop what was once a Confederate army base during the Civil War. Underneath each of the twelve sound stages, he buried a Bible, and there is also one underneath the entrance: “I’ve buried a Bible at the gates of the studio, so you can’t come in without crossing the Word and you can’t leave without crossing the Word,” he revealed.
Tyler Perry is the first black man to own a movie studios, however Perry told Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” that he’s not taken as seriously in Hollywood as other filmmakers. He stated, I clearly believe that I’m ignored in Hollywood, for sure. And that’s fine.
I get it,” Perry, said. “My audience and the stories that I tell are African-American stories specific to a certain audience, specific to a certain group of people that I know, that I grew up, and we speak a language. Hollywood doesn’t necessarily speak the language. A lot of critics don’t speak that language. So, to them, it’s like, ‘What is this?” Perry is currently have two new shows premiering this month on BET “The Oval”, and “Sistas.”
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