Adapted from News4Jax.com
Trailblazer Tyler Perry is mowing down another path, becoming the first black person to own and head a major film studio.
Plus, the massive 330-acre Atlanta studio sits on an old Confederate army base.
To put it in perspective, Warner Bros. studios and Walt Disney Studios, both located in Burbank, California, sit on 145 acres and 51 acres, respectively.
In an interview with Essence, he spoke on the importance of knocking down doors and building legacies.
“You know what? It feels like encouragement, it feels like gratitude. But more than anything, I hope it becomes, for everybody else who is ever dreaming and hoping, they can do it too,” Perry told the magazine.
The 50-year-old mogul celebrated the milestone Saturday night at the gala opening of the lot. Oprah, Beyonce, Halle Berry and Cecily Tyson were just some of the luminaries in attendance.
According to WSB, Perry built 12 sound stages, each named after black pioneers in the arts. The stages are all available for other Hollywood studios to rent. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Marvel’s monster hit “Black Panther” have already been filmed there. The property even includes a replica of The White House.
While Perry celebrated this momentous occasion, his celebrity pals turned out to turn up the rose accented Red Carpet. The fashions were flowing and in grand style st the star studded gala.
Here are a few of Tyler Perry’s celebrity friends on the Red Carpet.
The Besties LaLa, Kelly and Michelle.
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Richard and Tina Lawson
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