Tyler Perry officially christened his massive new film studio Saturday, beaming as his fellow entertainment industry luminaries descended on Atlanta and strode a red carpet to his sprawling complex for an opening gala.
The attendees warmly greeted Perry, a man who had once been homeless and yet now helmed his own studio, one of the nation's largest.
From Then & to Now!
Your dream is NEVER too big, so never forget that.
This is beautiful! I want to see it with my own eyes one day & I can’t wait.
Tyler Perry said, “The studio was once a Confederate Army base. And, I want you to hear this, which meant that there was Confederate soldiers on that base, plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million negroes enslaved. Now that land is owned by one negro.” One man. He bought the land and built it to achieve everything he does to make money.
He never now has to get turned away to shoot a film, or have to worry about renting a house to get a good shot 🎥.
He owns everything he needs.
He also said, “But while you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own. Because what I know for sure is that if I could just build this table, God will prepare it for me in the presence of my enemies.”
You can’t wait on people to do what you should be doing! Make everything you need accessible to you by creating it. YOURSELF.
He dedicated 12 film stages to those who he has said inspired him on his journey.
He will open the doors to others to produce on the grounds soon.
History has been made as this is the first black owned studio... EVER.
"I think it's pivotal in everything that we've done, everything that we're doing still, that we continue to try to motivate and inspire people," Perry said as he shook hands with well-wishers.
And there were plenty there to congratulate him. Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Cicely Tyson, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry and others all helped Perry christen his new facility, a 330-acre (134-hectare) studio that once served as a Confederate army base.
Winfrey praised Perry and told the AP the new studio head is a force to be reckoned with.
"He didn't wait for other people to validate or to say you should go this way or that way. He said I'm going to create my own way and as we can see here, become a force for himself," Winfrey said.
"I remember when he was thinking about buying this place and I said `You'd be crazy not to take it."' she added.
Samuel L. Jackson pointed to Perry's vision as the key to his ascent.
"This is more about Tyler the entrepreneur. The visionary. A guy who understands that ownership means that you can do what you want," Jackson said as he paused along the red carpet.
Tyler Perry Studios has 12 soundstages, each named after seminal black actors and actresses.
Thank you Mr.Perry for allowing us to witness this history.
What are you creating?
Where are you leaving you mark?