Stars hit the red carpet for Tyler Perry studios historic grand opening gala

Tyler Perry has just pulled the most crowd from Hollywood stars for the grand opening of his  Tyler Perry’s $250 million Studios in Atlanta. The red carpet buzz surrounded Perry’s history-making as the first African American actor/director/writer/producer to own a studio outright with no partners or corporate backing.

The 330-acre filming complex at the former home of Fort McPherson officially opened its doors Saturday, October 5, as the only major film studio in the nation owned by an African-American with each of the 12 soundstages, all named after iconic African American legends in the industry: Cicely Tyson, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis and Diahann Carroll.

A-list stars including Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Tiffany Haddish, Jermaine Dupri, Usher, Ludacris, Bernice King, John Lewis, and Stacey Abrams walked the carpet lined with walls adorned in roses and shared their admiration and support for Perry.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Tyler Perry attends his studio grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Stedman Graham and Oprah Winfrey attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Jeannie Mai and Jeezy attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Colin Kaepernick and Nessa attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Terrence Howard and Mira Pak attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Michael Ealy and Khatira Rafiqzada attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Michael Jai White and Gillian Iliana Waters attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Whoopi Goldberg and Alex Martin attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Viola Davis and Julius Tennon attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Halle Berry attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Gladys Knight attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Jill Scott attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Taraji P. Henson attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Vanessa Williams attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Tiffany Haddish attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Tika Sumpter attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Tina Knowles attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Michelle Williams attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Jenifer Lewis attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Gabourey Sidibe attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Samuel L. Jackson attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Tyrese Gibson attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Usher attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Chris Tucker attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)