Tyler Perry’s new studio won’t only project new stories of representation, but also protect those minority groups, too.
This past week, Tyler Perry opened a new 330-acre movie studio, making it the first Black-owned movie studio in the United States and one of the largest, too (bigger than Disney, Warner Bros., and Paramount combined!).
To celebrate the opening, Perry held a gala. The event was graced with the presence of many notable and successful black artists working in not only Hollywood but from all over the world. Even the Clintons made an effort to drop by.
Fun Fact: The studio lots of Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox and Sony could fit inside @TylerPerry’s studio lot at the same time – and there would still be 60 acres to spare. All on a former Confederate Army base. A stunning achievement that will echo through the generations. https://t.co/XCeXE09y77
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 6, 2019
.@tylerperry I am so grateful to have witnessed Black Excellence, History, and Greatness! The ground we stood on, the room! And EVERYTHING this Lot represents! I am humbled, inspired, and so encouraged!
Thank You for being a force!
So beyond grateful for you ❤️#whatanightitwas pic.twitter.com/Tc2FyLpcrK
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) October 8, 2019
Amazing Tyler Perry studios. Just amazing. Great achievement. The first Black American to own such studio in the US.pic.twitter.com/xcKgaWBV1C
— Lord Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai) October 8, 2019
— #SaveNaomi (@avaduvernayfans) October 7, 2019
But possibly the most exciting news was revealed in a later interview with CBS’s Gayle King. Through this interview, Perry announced his plans to use part of the 330-acre studio in an effort to give back to the community. Part of the campus will have apartment buildings giving homeless LGBTQ youth and formerly trafficked women a place to stay.
“Pulling this next phase off is building a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out and displaced and having a compound that is a beautiful place right here where they’re trained in the business and they become self-sufficient,” said Perry to King.
While there is currently no set date for when these apartments will be up and running, Perry shares that he has that in the works and other projects he “hopes to do soon.”