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Tyler Perry's New Studio Will Serve as a Shelter for Homeless LGBTQ Youth and Trafficked Women

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Tyler Perry's new 330-acre studio pushed the culture forward this past weekend, making it the first Black-owned movie studio in the United States and one of the largest, too! The studio is bigger than Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, Fox and Sony's studios combined, and will still have over 60-acres to spare.

Numerous A-list celebrities attended the grand opening, and a select few such as Whoopi Goldberg, Diahann Caroll and Halle Berry were honored by having a sound stage named after them due to their lifetime achievements in entertainment and media.

Tyler Perry tweeted "Welcome to my table!", a powerful statement which, at the time, served as the icing on the cake after his reveal, but in a recent interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, Perry said he's "most excited about" creating housing for trafficked women and displaced LGBTQ youth.

“Pulling this next phase off is building a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out and displaced and having a compound that is a beautiful place right here where they’re trained in the business and they become self-sufficient,” said Perry to King.

Currently, there is no set date for when these apartments will be built, but Perry shares that he has that in the works and other projects he “hopes to do soon.”

"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," he said. "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."

Thank you Tyler for being an ally to the community and using your platform to help others.


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