October 11, 2019
The former First Lady Michelle Obama sent her well wishes to filmmaker Tyler Perry for opening his major film studio in Atlanta, which is the first studio complex opened by a black person.
Actor, filmmaker, and producer Tyler Perry opened his first major film studio in Atlanta, and the former First Lady Michelle Obama could not be any prouder.
Obama sent out a tweet on October 8 to express how happy she and her husband, Barack Obama, are of Perry's historic accomplishment.
Calling the renowned producer an "inspiration," the former First Lady wrote:
"So much love for @TylerPerry, who just opened the first major film studio lot fully owned by an African American. Barack and I couldn’t be more proud of you—thanks for showing that no matter what, progress keeps marching forward. What an inspiration."
Being the first black person to open a major film studio is no small feat. On top of the joy that Perry felt for making history, he was thrilled when the former First Lady recognized his work and praised him for it.
The ecstatic 50-year-old shared a snapshot of Obama's tweet on Instagram to share how grateful he was for her well wishes.
Perry's new studio will serve as housing for the displaced LGBTQ youths and women and girls who are the victims of trafficking.
In an interview with "CBS THIS MORNING," Perry told the show co-host, Gayle King, that he was "excited" about opening the complex.
"Having a compound that's a beautiful place right here, somewhere on this 330 acres where they're trained in the business and they become self-sufficient. They can live in nice apartments, there's daycare, all of these wonderful things that allows them to re-enter society and then pay it forward again."
He added that the opening of his $250 million studio is a "poetic justice," saying: "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.”