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Tyler Perry threw a star-studded party to commemorate the opening of his $250 million film studio in Atlanta on Saturday. The event showcased the best of black Hollywood guests, including Perry’s mentor and friend Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Cecily Tyson.
Perry said he owes his success to God and his mother for keeping his dream alive and making them a reality.
He began his career as a playwright, actor and director but it hadn’t always been easy for him. At a point, he had to sleep in his car and now he owns a multifaceted studio, a great feat worthy of admiration.
In his 2019 BET Awards acceptance speech, he said, “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.”
Knowing how hard it was and still is for black actors to book auditions and get roles, he added, “What it means is that I get an opportunity to pass it on to people. I get to share it. I get to inspire people and encourage them. That is what it’s all about.”