Tyler Perry names sound stages after Oprah, Denzel, Spike Lee, others (photos)

Iyanla Vanzant, Cicely Tyson and Loni Love (Photo by Terry Shropshire for Steed Media)

Movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry did more than host the biggest star-studded party in America on Saturday, Oct 5. Tyler Perry Studios’ grand opening also doubled as a dedication gala to the many Hollywood legends who inspired him to reach unprecedented heights.

As Perry christened his gigantic studio in Atlanta with a treasure trove of entertainment luminaries, powerful politicians and beloved dignitaries, Perry also reportedly named his 12 massive sound stages after living and late legends such as Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Sydney Poitier, Della Reese, Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte, Cicely Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Diahann Carroll and Will Smith.

This is in addition to the constellation of stars who also came to celebrate Perry’s otherworldy achievement, including Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Ealy, Patti LaBelle, Ava DuVernay, Iyanla Vanzant, Will Packer, Tom Joyner, Jeezy, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jenifer Lewis, Demetria McKinney and so many others.

Iyanla Vanzant with Loni Love in the background (Photo by Terry Shropshire for Steed Media)

“Atlanta has truly been the promised land for me,” Perry shared in a Facebook post. “I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing.”

Samuel L. Jackson (Photo by Terry Shropshire for Steed Media)

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Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks



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