Tyler Perry created history recently when he became the first African American to independently own his own studio.
Perry’s brand new studio in Atlanta, Georgia, is bigger than Warner Bros, Paramount, and Walt Disney’s Hollywood lots combined, so the opening was just as fitting. The 50-year-old filmmaker, writer, and actor, hosted a two-day, star-studded grand opening, and he dedicated sound stages to black celebrities who inspired him. To add to that, Perry has even bigger plans for the future.
Perry opened up about his future goals in an interview with Variety, and he said that the second phase that they’re starting late next week is the six-lane highway, the backlot, the small European town, a bigger lake, and pond on it. He also revealed that he strived to give back to society, saying that he feels a tremendous sense of obligation for all the people who helped him get there.
He also revealed during an interview with ESSENCE that he has a project in mind by which he wants to fulfill his wish of giving back. He said that he’s dreaming about how can he build a shelter for trafficked girls, boys, and women.
According to a report by PEOPLE, Perry had told Gayle King that he planned to incorporate the shelter into his brand new 330-acre film studio.
He said that he would like to have them trained in the business, become self-sufficient, live in a beautiful place right there somewhere on the 330 acres, and allow them to re-enter society and then pay it forward again. Perry said that he hopes to do that soon, and the cause is very personal to him as he himself suffered from assaults as a child.
The 50-year-old actor recently opened up about how he went through years of horror after he was assaulted by 3 different men and women by the time he was 10. He also revealed that it took him a long time to come to terms with his childhood trauma, and he went through a lot of anger, confusion, and frustration trying to just be OK.