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'He did it his way' | Oprah praises Tyler Perry's historic move at Tyler Perry Studios grand opening

Perry is the first black man to own a major movie studio.

ATLANTA — Media mogul and famed talk show host Oprah Winfrey walked the red carpet alongside Tyler Perry at the Tyler Perry Studios grand opening. 

The star-studded event took place Saturday night in Atlanta on Perry's 330-acre movie studio property. Perry is the first black man to own a major movie studio.

Winfrey praised Perry during an interview with 11Alive's Francesca Amiker. 

"I am like a proud big sister tonight," Winfrey said. "Frank Sinatra's song 'My Way' should be his theme song forever." 

Winfrey went on to praise Perry for taking charge of his destiny, goals, and dreams. 

"He did it his way. He didn't wait for Hollywood. He didn't wait for anyone to tell him how to do it. He did it his way," Winfrey said while embracing Perry on the red carpet.

Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Sidney Poitier, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Harry Belafonte, Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, and the late John Singleton, Diahann Carroll, and Della Reese have sound stages dedicated to them at Tyler Perry Studios. 

Perry said these are some of the stars that deeply impacted his life. 

Some of the hottest stars in Hollywood made appearances at the A-list ticket event, including former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Diddy, Ava DuVernay, Samuel L. Jackson, Viola Davis, John Lewis, Bernice King, Stacey Abrams, and Maxine Waters. Atlanta's very own Usher, Ludacris, Jeezy, 2Chainz and T.I were also in attendance. 

Perry described the property and move as historic.

READ: Tyler Perry Studios dedicates sound stages to Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Oprah as black Hollywood comes out to celebrate the grand opening

“There’s so much history here. There’s so much amazing culture and richness in the land. It’s everywhere I go, it’s everywhere I walk. Every time I’m around this place. I feel it," Perry said. "So, I think the biggest challenge is living up to the legacy of what this is, and support it and honor it the way it should be."

Needless to say, black Hollywood's elite said Perry has inspired them to dream bigger than ever. 


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