Globally celebrated Hollywood actor, Tyler Perry who recently launched a N90 billion film studio in the city of Altanta, GA which is said to the first black owned of its kind in the United States has made it known that displaced women and LGBTQ youths will be supported with it.
Tyler explained this in an interview with CBS This Morning on how he intends to use the property to assist displaced LGBTQ youth and homeless women.
“I tell you what I’m most excited about next is that pulling this next phase off is building a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out and displaced,” said Perry, who has become the first African American to outright own a major studio. “And having a compound that is a beautiful place…where they’re trained in the business and they become self-sufficient, they live in nice apartments, there’s daycare, there’s all these wonderful things that allows them to reenter society and then pay it forward again. So, that’s what I hope to do soon,” Tyler Perry said
The 50-year-old actor also pointed out that the studio was also built on a former Confederate army base—a fact that he says further underscores the historic and cultural significance of the complex.
“Think about the poetic justice in that,” he said. “The Confederate Army is fighting to keep Negroes enslaved in America, fighting, strategy, planning on this very ground. And now this very ground is owned by me.”
Elsewhere in the CBS interview, Perry opened up about feeling “ignored” in Hollywood and being dismissed by critics.
“I get it. My audience and the stories that I tell are African-American stories specific to a certain audience, specific to a certain group of people that I know, that I grew up, and we speak a language,” he said. “Hollywood doesn’t necessarily speak the language. A lot of critics don’t speak that language. So, to them, it’s like, ‘What is this?”
He continued: “… But I know what I do is important. I know what I do touches millions of people around the world. I know how important every word, every joke, every laugh [does]. I know what that does for the people where I come from and the people that I’m writing for. So, yeah, I get that.”