Tyler Perry made history in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night becoming the very first African American to launch his own major TV and film studio. On hand to help Perry celebrate were some of Hollywood’s heavy A-List celebrities.
Perry’s guest list included:
Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, Louis Gossett, Jr., Holly Robinson Peete, Tracey Edmonds, music mogul L.A. Reid, singer John Legend, America’s Next Top Model winner Eva Pigford, not to mention baseball legends Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds – among others.
However, everything is not all peachy for Perry in Atlanta, Georgia. Outside four writers who were fired after they tried to get a union contract with Tyler’s Production company as well as Writer’s Guild supporters picketed throughout the event.
Additionally, Perry shutdown main streets around his studio that caused a lot of neighbors to become very upset; traffic was redirected and roads were blocked.