Perry’s 330-acre space is the first ever black-owned studio lot in the US.
Tyler Perry gathered the biggest A-list stars within the black community this weekend to officially open his highly anticipated studio lot. Coined Tyler Perry Studios, the 330-acre space is the first ever black-owned film studio lot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perry accomplished this without corporate backing and no partners.
Esteemed guests at the opening gala included Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Tiffany Haddish, Kerry Washington and many others. On the red carpet stars gathered along a wall which was accentuated by red roses. Beyoncé and Jay-Z also made a surprise appearance for the occasion.
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Ok, let me explain this photo. So I got a star today on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thank you chamber!! I’m so grateful, but onto this photo. @only1crystalfox spoke and moved me. @kerrywashington spoke, and we both were in tears. Then @idriselba came up to speak, and they all were so powerful. I was so moved. To look out and see all the cast from all the shows that I have created made my heart so full. To be able to give opportunities to so many was just so humbling to me. Anyway, the photogs were asking for photos so at that moment the BEAUTIFUL KERRY WASHINGTON was leaving, and they all started snapping pictures of her!! Look at my face. We had such a good laugh about this. Thank you everyone for your support and love all these years. My Mamma would be so proud.
“Why did it take so long?” Whoopi Goldberg asked in an interview with THR. “Why was he the first to get it? Now he’s the man who makes the decisions, chooses the movies, and he doesn’t have to ask anybody for sh*t. There’s nothing better than that.”
Winfrey later added, “Tyler is my little big brother. To see him rise to this moment that I know he’s dreamed about, planned, defined, clarify for himself, it’s just a fulfillment of a dream. It’s wonderful to see.”
Thanks to Ava’s insta story! I’m screaming. Tyler Perry’s studio is a whole Town! Even Oprah Winfrey was in tears 🤧 @tylerperry !!!! God is good 🔥🔥🔥
I want to visit this place somehow… pic.twitter.com/4XYZtBztgT
— Elsie Godwin (@ELSiEiSY) October 6, 2019
DuVernay took to her Instagram Stories to share an inside look at the affair. In her videos, Perry dedicated the sound stages to titans such as Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, John Singleton and Harry Belafonte.
In one of her tweets about the event, Ava also noted: “The studio lots of Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox and Sony could fit inside Tyler Perry’s studio lot at the same time – and there would still be 60 acres to spare.” In a room filled with roughly 800 of his guests Perry shared his successes, how he got his start and more.
Fun Fact: The studio lots of Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox and Sony could fit inside @TylerPerry’s studio lot at the same time – and there would still be 60 acres to spare. All on a former Confederate Army base. A stunning achievement that will echo through the generations. https://t.co/XCeXE09y77
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 6, 2019
Keep scrolling to take a look at what happened at the gala.
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@tylerperry you built a studio, and you’ve also created a dream of hope and possibility for everyone to know that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can always do better when you’re aligned with the Divine. Thank you for the naming of the soundstages. I love mine. #GloryToGlory #ImagineThis