*Tyler Perry talks about his legacy and his hope that his movie studio in Atlanta will impact future generations of content creators.
“Right now it’s really about legacy,” Perry told the CBS Mornings co-host. Gayle King during the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Tribeca Talks” director’s series, BNC News reports.
We reported earlier that the 330-acre entertainment complex – which was once a military installation named Fort McPherson – is the only major movie studio in the country owned by a Black American. Fort McPherson is a deactivated military base built by slaves.
“For me to be the owner of this very land that people were plotting and planning how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved, belonging to one black man,” Perry said, “I think about those people — the ancestors — and what they must be thinking if they could know. Like, what would that look like?
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Perry has over 13 films, 22 plays and seven television shows to his name. His studio contains 12 sound stages named after “African Americans who really inspired me,” Perry said, including Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson and Sidney Poitier, according to the report.
According to the Jasmine BRAND, Perry reportedly lost $16 million at his studio’s star-studded Grand Opening Gala in 2019. Among the many celebrities who showed up to walk the red carpet were Halle Berry, Cecily Tyson, Whoopie Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel Jackson, Spike Lee and Viola Davis.
Apparently, “a large portion was allocated to cover travel accommodations for the A-listers to travel to Atlanta for the event,” the outlet writes, adding, “Tyler Perry would have covered flights and even chartered private planes for its VIP guests, plus hotel accommodations.
Here is what Halle Berry already said Channel 2 Action News on what a fully black-owned studio means to her.
“That means we’re here and we’re not going anywhere,” Berry said. “And you’re going to remember us in a hundred years…and that we’re important.” We count. We have the right to be. And I love Tyler for it.
Perry wanted to create a space that he hopes will inspire future generations.
“I’m on the wave they set off,” Perry said of those who inspired her journey, like her great-grandfather, who was enslaved. “So I feel like I’m supposed to live well. I feel like I’m supposed to have everything I want. Not just for me, but for anyone who didn’t get it.