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Tyler Perry has made history by opening the first-ever fully black-owned film studio.
Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Tiffany Haddish and Beyoncé all attended the opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta,Georgia.
He is the first African American to own a studio without any corporate backing.
The 130ha studio has 12 soundstages, all named after African American legends in the industry: Cicely Tyson, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belefonte, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis and Diahann Carroll.