Tyler Perry made history in Atlanta over the weekend. According to Essence, the director, screenwriter, producer, and playwright has become the only Black man to own a major movie studio in the U.S. He invited many of his peers and Hollywood heavyweights to join him in Atlanta as he celebrated the grand opening of his studio. Many celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey, Cecily Tyson, Taraji P. Henson, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, and Keshia Knight Pulliam were on had at Perry’s 330-acre lot, which is where the studio is located.
Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Beyoncé, JAY-Z and Halle Berry were in attendance as well.
Perry previously spoke of his plans to build at studio during his BET Awards speech back in June. He said that “when I built my studio, [it was in the] poorest Black neighborhood in Atlanta so the kids can see that a Black man did that and they can too.”
The studio is located on what was once Fort McPherson, which used to be a confederate base.