Posted by Media Outrage on October 6, 2008
Tyler Perry made history Saturday night as he became the first African American to launch his own major TV and film studio. We keep telling folks that this is one super talented man. We love the way home skillet is branching out and conquering new territory without kissing Hollywood’s @ss. Keep killin’ em Tyler!
To plenty more pics and read more details about the event and how Oprah was brought to tears
Will Smith’s words:
“I admire most that he can be that tall and wear a white suit,” said Smith, 40, never to waste a punch line. “I usually have to avoid white. At this height, you don’t tend to look sexy in white suits, but he pulled it off.”
“This is an American first, and the first in the universe,” said the I Am Legend star. “There is something happening in America and in the world that’s powerful. He is not letting anyone get in his way.
“Those are the wonderfully naïve, arrogant, humble, powerfully American concepts that make things powerful in this country. It’s big.”
Sydney Poitier’s words:
“I spent 56 years making movies and this is the reward that I have that means the most to me,” said Poitier, 81, the first African-American to win a Best Actor Oscar, for 1963′s Lilies of the Field.
A New Orleans native with a troubled childhood, Perry, 39, credited all of his guests with inspiring his life. Of Winfrey, who attended the celebration with longtime beau Stedman Graham and best friend Gayle King, Perry said, “She owns her life. I am learning that. I never would have shown this to people a few years ago. I was embarrassed by the success.”
As a large cast of attendants passed around champagne and tissues for the teary-eyed (who were many), Perry shared his rags-to-riches story over a large video screen that eventually gave way to a live singer and band delivering “The Impossible Dream,” followed by a fireworks display. Mary J. Blige, Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight also treated guests to separate performances.
At one point, Perry unveiled a special surprise for veteran trailblazers Poitier, Dee and Tyson: each now has a soundstage named after him and her.
“Is this my wall?” joked Poitier – as Winfrey dissolved into tears.
Mediaoutrage- Such a proud night for Tyler and his fans. Tyler has accomplished so much in so little time. He went from producing plays on the chitlin’ circuit to producing movies on the big screen. We’re definitely awaiting to see what Mr. Perry has in store for us in the future. Congrats Tyler!