Hollywood Stars and Christians Flock to Tyler Perry Studios Grand Opening
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Tyler Perry Studios celebrated a grand opening on Saturday October 5. Many Hollywood stars and Christians who’ve worked with Perry came out to applaud his achievement.
“For people to drop what they’re doing in their very busy schedules to come and join me in this moment is beyond anything I could’ve imagined. It makes me happy. It makes me want to cry. It makes me grateful,” Perry told Variety on the red carpet.
Perry, whose studio is in Atlanta, Georgia, also recently wouldn’t back down on filming projects in Georgia despite backlash from the pro-choice community.
In recent months, Perry cried over God’s faithfulness for his new studio.
Perry named each of his sound stages after different iconic African-American performers. Some of the names include Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis.
Christian singer Jennifer Hudson (DREAMGIRLS) attended, as did other Christians, such as Tamera Mowry (THE REAL, SISTER SISTER) and her husband Adam Housley. Mowry said, “You never ceased to dream, but most importantly you are always giving God the glory. Thank you for being an example and for daring us all to dream bigger. #tylerperrystudios”
Her husband also posted about the evening via Instagram.
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I feel so blessed to have known and to have loved and been loved by Miss Della Reese . She was honored at the new Tyler Perry film studio in Atlanta with a sound stage in her name . I had the privilege of opening the soundstage . Thank you to Tyler Perry and congratulations to you on all you have achieved . You are a real visionary and a true man of God 🙌🏽 #tylerperry #dellareese #romadowney #touchedbyanangel #misswings Della you were with us in spirit 🕊 Della would have loved this but I know she was with us in spirit 🕊 @tylerperry #glorytoglory #imaginethis
Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett were also there. The weekend concluded with a church service (see photo above).
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There are moments in life that you’ll never forget. In those moments you want to be with the ones closest. There is no better person that I would want to spend this amazing night with than @tameramowrytwo and what a night it was. The history being rewritten by @tylerperry and all those who will come here to @tylerperrystudios is inspirational to all Americans. To all people intent on making this world and this country a better place. Huge congrats to all involved last night, from the ushers, to the shuttle drivers, to the cooks and staff…and of course to those financially and emotionally responsible for such a night. Honored to have been invited and Two simple words…very cool. #thehousleylife #thehousleys
Tiffany Haddish, used her red-carpet appearance to shine a light on Perry’s groundbreaking work.
She said, “Every time that I came to work here at Tyler Perry studios, it was with the biggest smile on my face. Cause I know the history of this place — It was a Confederate union military base,” Haddish recalled. “Now it’s owned by a black man.”
Other big-name stars in attendance include Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Michelle Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, and Patti LaBelle.