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#MCM: Meet Tyler Perry, The Black Man Changing Hollywood

Tyler Perry, born Emmitt Perry Jr. on 13th September 1969, is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian and director.

 

In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest-paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

 

Tyler has written and directed a number of films that have grossed millions of dollars. These films include “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” which went on to gross US$50.6 million domestically.

 

“Madea’s Family Reunion” opened at number one at the box office with $30.3 million. Perry wrote, directed, produced and starred in his film, “Why Did I Get Married?, released on October 12, 2007. It opened at number one, grossing US$21.4 million that weekend.

 

Perry once said his father’s answer to everything was to “beat it out of you”. As a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father’s beatings.

 

 

In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment.

 

At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father.

 

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In 2015, Perry acquired the 330-acre former military base Fort McPherson located in Atlanta, which he converted to studios.

 

The studios were used to film the HBO Films/OWN film version of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and are currently in ongoing use for the television series “The Walking Dead”.

 

50,000 square feet of the site is dedicated to standing permanent sets, including a replica of a luxury hotel lobby, a White House replica, a 16,000-square-foot mansion, a mock cheap hotel, a trailer park set, and a real 1950s-style diner that was relocated from a town 100 miles away.

 

MCM- Meet Tyler Perry, The Black Man Changing Hollywood

 

It also hosts 12 sound stages named after highly accomplished African-Americans in the entertainment industry.

 

The blockbuster Marvel film, Black Panther, was the first to be filmed on one of the new stages at Tyler Perry Studios as announced personally by Tyler Perry on his Instagram account 19th February 2018.

 

Miss Universe Pageant which held last week, was broadcast live from Tyler Perry’s Studios.

 

Tyler is one actor and director, who is changing the narrative in Hollywood. Producing films that promote the Black culture in America which goes a long way at unifying the black community.

 

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Charis Ebiaghian

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