Updated: Oct 9, 2019
On Saturday, Tyler Perry made history by unveiling his brand new studio lots to the world. Perry, who got his start in 1992 writing stage plays in now the first Black person to own a major studio lot. Because this is such a major accomplishment, Perry celebrated the only way Black people know how; with a party. He invited many of entertainment's top stars to commemorate the occasion with him.
The studio sits on a 330-acre lot that was once land occupied by confederates as their army base. This is such a full circle and in your face moment to a land with a storied past against African Americans. Perry's studio is so large, that the studio lots of Sony, Disney, Warner Bros, Fox, and Paramount can all fit within Perry's studio. Even with all of those companies assembled, there would still be 60 acres to spare! People compared his studio to a smaller city and they were not lying. Check out this video from Ava Duvernay's Instagram story during the tour of the studio. This studio should be an impressive one; Perry said he put over $250 million in the ground for the studio. This studio makes Atlanta the Black Hollywood.
Perry purchased the land back in 2015 and it is now home to 12 sound stages, each of which are named after an iconic African American, such as John Singleton and Diahann Carroll. Also, Perry surprised some the biggest stars in Hollywood with their own star at his studio. Others with a sound stage named after them include Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Sidney Poitier, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Della Reese, and Cicely Tyson. The Tyler Perry Studios website states the stages vary in size from 20,000 to 40,000 square feet and are available for rent. On Instagram, Tika Sumpter said, "When Tyler Perry presents a star on his lot that will forever be cemented in his legacy..you go through a range of emotions." Some other stars in attendance were Denzel Washington, Ava Duvernay, Oprah, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Jill Scott, Colin Kapernick, Monica, Loretta Divine, Cicley Tyson, Halle Berry, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and the list literally goes on. He invited hundreds of stars and politicians to the grand opening.
Tomorrow, Perry will be interviewed by Gayle King on CBS in the Morning. In the interview, Perry will be discussing how he feels ignored in Hollywood, which was even more motivation for creating his own studio. Congrats Mr. Perry, way to make your own table and give the rest of Black Hollywood a seat at the table.