Just call him the ‘Chosen One.’ At least, that’s what I’m calling director, filmmaker, producer, creator of Al-Things-Great-In-Film Tyler Perry. He opened up his brand new state-of-the-art studio in Atlanta over the weekend (October 5th) in what some are calling it the ‘Black Met Gala’.
It was a star-studded event. Everyone who’s anyone in the filmmaking business was there. It was Black Hollywood royalty like music superstars Ludacris, T.I., Usher, Diddy and Jay-Z. By the way, Jay-Z’s DeLeon tequila was featured at the bars inside the venue.
The politicians like former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. John Lewis, and President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were in the building. And you know media big wigs like CBS’s Gayle King, CNN’s Don Lemon and Tamron Hall were there, too. And the night would not have been complete without the award-winning creators Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay.
Now, let’s talk about the studio. Here are some interesting facts:
- First major Black-owned movie studio in the country
- A 330-acre filming complex, on more than 200 acres of green space
- 12 soundstages, 40 buildings on-site that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- It’s a former Confederal military base, Perry bought for $250 million in 2015
Who says you can’t dream and dreams don’t come true?!!