Tyler Perry Studios: Journey of abuse, homelessness and now, poetic justice


Tyler Perry Studios: Journey of abuse, homelessness and now, poetic justice

The weekend launch of the Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta Georgia was an emotive affair for black Americans.

This especially considering the history of the ground where this new facility is set up: a confederate military base.

During an interview with Gayle King, host of the CBS morning show, Perry described his new project as ‘poetic justice’ saying the military base was where strategies were hatched to keep black people as slaves.

According to him, it is similar to the symbolism of President Barack Obama and Michelle living in the White House.

He intimated that the Tyler Perry Studios have an even more personal value as they bring back painful memories of when he was homeless.

”First time I saw it was next to Sylvan road, which I remember when I moved to Atlanta, I moved off of Sylvan road with my cousin and got put out of the house,” he narrated his experience.

Perry told CBS that he grew up in an abusive family and that many times he either got abused by his father or had to endure the same thing happening to his mother.

It was his effort to try and make his mother laugh from the pain that led him to the path of producing award-winning comedy shows such as House of Payne and the Madea movies.

The Tyler Perry Studios are now one of the biggest film studios in America sitting on 300 acres of land and comprising of 12 recording rooms.

Asked by King about how he has managed this achievement, Perry said: ”This journey of making stories was born out of pain, born out of heartache.”

All the actors in his first comedy ‘House of Payne’ are to get stars similar to the Hollywood hall of fame.

On legacy, Perry did not speak about his career but dwelt on his four year old son, Aman, who he hopes will grow up to be ”an amazing person.”

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