Q&A: Tyler Perry on directing his 1st script, 26 years later
TORONTO — (AP) — Tyler Perry has directed his first screenplay, 26 years after writing it. After directing numerous films, dozens of TV episodes and expanding his 330-acre Tyler Perry Studios empire in Atlanta, Perry has returned to that old script, without hardly changing a word, for his first film for Netflix. PERRY: I’ve been strategic. At this moment, I have over $400 million in the ground at Tyler Perry Studios. PERRY: I've built this machine and it's ready to produce tons and tons and tons of content.wftv.com
Toronto fest roars back to life with Spielberg, 'Knives Out'
But for some, returning to the teeming theaters of Toronto will be as cozy and warm as putting on a cherished cable-knit sweater. In the cacophony of the rapid-fire fall-festival circuit that goes from Venice to Telluride to Toronto, responses from TIFF audiences often speak loudest. Tyler Perry has been to Toronto once before — to help promote another TIFF award-winner, “Precious,” in 2009. And, with some 200 features from 63 countries on tap, TIFF is set to once again be a party. Sidney’s a life that you think you know, because he’s been a part of our lives our whole life, but when you reveal the details of his life, it's give you a new perspective.wftv.com
Tyler Perry to receive honorary AARP Purpose Prize award
Tyler Perry AARP FILE - Tyler Perry arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday, March 27, 2022. AARP announced Thursday, July 28, 2022, that Perry will receive the honorary AARP Purpose Prize award during a virtual ceremony on Oct. 25. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) (Evan Agostini)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Tyler Perry will receive an honorary AARP award for uplifting communities and helping people “overcome various obstacles” through his foundation. The organization announced Thursday that Perry will receive the honorary AARP Purpose Prize award during a virtual ceremony on Oct. 25. Five individuals will be awarded the AARP Purpose Prize, which honors people ages 50 and older who are making a difference through their "knowledge and life experience."wftv.com
Students at Emory University told to shelter in place
University-Shelter in Place FILE - Druid Hills High School is shown in this undated photo, in suburban Atlanta. Officials at Emory University are urgently telling students and staff to shelter in place. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) (Curtis Compton)ATLANTA — (AP) — Officials at Emory University are urgently telling students and staff to shelter in place amid reports of a possible armed suspect. The university said in an email Monday that police are on scene at the nearby Druid Hills High School and that there may be an armed subject on Emory's campus in Atlanta. Earlier, Emory University said police were responding to an active shooter on campus.wftv.com
Oscars 2022: Will Smith,Chris Rock confrontation jolts Academy Awards crowd
94th Academy Awards - Show Sean Combs, from left, Will Smith and Tyler Perry appear in the audience at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES — An apparent joke gone awry thrust Best Actor winner Will Smith into the limelight ahead of schedule during Sunday’s 94th Academy Awards. Jane” joke Rock made about Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife, because of her shaved head. Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from a hair-loss condition, of which she has spoken publicly, the Los Angeles Times reported. Will Smith’s best actor Oscar was awarded less than an hour later.wftv.com
Russia presses invasion to Kyiv outskirts
Russia pressed its invasion of Ukraine to the outskirts of the capital Friday after unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending in troops and tanks from three sides in an attack that could rewrite the global post-Cold War security order.news.yahoo.com
New this week: 'Law & Order,' Madea and Tears for Fears
In her review, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr called it "a highly enjoyable, sophisticated and experimental ode to the romantic, and fictionalized idea, of the midcentury heyday of magazines." In "A Madea Homecoming," which debuts Friday, Perry brings his long-running character out from retirement, following 2019's "Madea's Family Funeral." It's a new streaming home for Madea, who Perry first introduced on stage in 1999. Since 2005's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," the Madea movies have grossed more than $550 million at the box office. — AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Tears for Fears — the duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, who ruled the airwaves in the 1980s with "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Shout" — return with new material Friday after a longish break.wftv.com
Madea is back in new Netflix trailer for ‘A Madea Homecoming’
>> Read more trending newsNetflix has released the first trailer for Tyler Perry’s latest installment of the matriarch’s story — “A Madea Homecoming,” Variety reported. Perry has been portraying Madea since the 1999 play “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” according to Variety. The character was supposed to be retired after 2019′s “A Madea Family Funeral” and his “Farewell Play Tour” the next year. “A Madea Homecoming” will start streaming on Feb. 25 and is the first Madea film made exclusively for the streaming platform, BET reported. It was made at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta last summer.wftv.com
Tyler Perry bringing Madea out of retirement for Netflix film
Madea returns Tyler Perry, in character as Madea during a 2017 episode of "Saturday Night Live," will bring his character back for a Netflix film in 2022. >> Read more trending newsTyler Perry is reviving his beloved Madea character for Netflix in 2002. I can’t wait.”Perry is rebooting the Madea character in a 12th installment, “A Madea Homecoming,” for Netflix after bidding farewell to the character in 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported. … I’m going to do something different.”The new feature will be shot at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After swearing to retire his beloved character Madea, Tyler Perry is bringing her back for “A Madea Homecoming,” the franchise’s 12th installment https://t.co/yOgnmmwFfH — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 8, 2021The character of Madea was first introduced onstage in the 1999 play, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” the website reported.wftv.com
Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Eddie Murphy accepts the lifetime achievement award at the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Murphy will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame this month. The NAACP announced Thursday, March 11, 2021, that Murphy will be inducted during the March 27 ceremony, which will air on CBS. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)LOS ANGELES – Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization’s show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of color. I’m very moved.”Murphy went on to send a message to Hall about his famous red leather suit from his 1983 stand-up special “Delirious.”“My red suit was not that tight Arsenio,” Murphy said. “I get a lot of cracks about that red suit.
Tyler Perry let Harry and Meghan stay in his home and use his security when the royal family stripped theirs away
The couple detailed why they decided to turn away from royal life — and revealed the friend who helped them move to California. He said their change of status, since they were "no longer working members of the royal family," led to their security being pulled. Harry and Meghan had first relocated to Canada, but their location in Vancouver was publicized by the tabloids. Meghan said they didn't have a plan, but then a friend invited them to stay at one of his homes. The actor, producer and director offered up a house in Southern California where Meghan, Harry and their son, Archie, lived for three months with a security detail also provided by Perry.cbsnews.com
33 years later, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall return to Zamunda
NEW YORK – When Eddie Murphy made the original “Coming to America,” he was, almost indisputably, the funniest man in America. “Now I take nothing for granted and appreciate everything.”Thirty-three years after “Coming to America,” Murphy and Hall have returned to Zamunda. At the barbershop, where Murphy and Hall also reprise their characters, the conversation bounces from Teslas to transgender people. Before making “Black Panther,” Murphy has said Ryan Coogler approached him about a “Coming to America” sequel. Ruth E. Carter designed the costumes of both “Black Panther” and “Coming 2 America.” Both were shot in Atlanta.
20 Black filmmakers who have changed Hollywood in the last century
These films used Black stereotypes about poverty and drug abuse to put Black actors at the center of the action. While Black filmmakers are more prevalent and celebrated in Hollywood in the 21st century, there's still a lot of work to be done. The meta-documentary, as it has come to be called, featured a documentary, a documentary about a documentary and a documentary that documented a documentary about a documentary. Parks became Hollywood's first major Black director, bringing the iconic "Shaft" to theaters in 1971. "Get Out" was nominated for four Oscars, including best picture, best director, best actor and best screenplay.cnbc.com
Tyler Perry, Clintons attend memorial for actor Cicely Tyson
Pallbearers carry the casket of pioneering Black actor Cicely Tyson from Harlem's famed Abyssinian Baptist Church to a hearse on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The New York-born actor was 96. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)NEW YORK – Tyler Perry and Bill and Hillary Clinton were among the attendees of a private memorial service for Cicely Tyson at Harlem's famed Abyssinian Baptist Church. It was very Cicely Tyson: It was formal, it was humorous, it was sad, it was glorious,” said Larry Thompson, Tyson's manager for more than 40 years. The New York-born actor was 96.
PJ Morton 1st artist in residence at Dillard University
Morton is the first artist in residence at a historically Black private university in New Orleans. Dillard University announced that Morton will teach master classes in songwriting, music publishing, studio production and talent management during the 2021-22 academic year. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW ORLEANS – Grammy-winning musician PJ Morton is the first artist in residence at Dillard University, a historically Black private university in New Orleans. “I’m so excited to be partnering with Dillard University. His most recent project, “Gospel According to PJ,” is a Grammy nominee for this year’s best gospel album.
Chadwick Boseman earns 2 nominations for NAACP Image Awards
This image released by Netflix shows Michael Potts, from left, Chadwick Boseman and Colman Domingo in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Boseman was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding actor in a motion picture for his performance in the film. Boseman was also nominated in the supporting actor in a motion picture for his role in the SPike Lee film "Da 5 Bloods." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)LOS ANGELES – With his final two performances, the late Chadwick Boseman earned two NAACP Image Awards nominations Tuesday, while “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” could make its presence felt at next month’s ceremony. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” came away with nine nominations.
Cicely Tyson paved way for Black actors to follow footsteps
(AP Photo/W.A.Harewood, File)LOS ANGELES – Cicely Tyson was a Black actor who knocked down doors so other women of color could walk through them. Tyson strategically selected powerful roles with an intent to elevate how Black actors were perceived. Tyson desired to get away from the negative portrayals of Black women with the hopes of highlighting them with powerful prestige. “Tyson showed the world that the Black woman is more than a moment. He went on to say that Tyson “became a vessel through which all the dignity of who she was as a Black person, a Black woman, could flow.”AdTyson’s fame transcended all media.
Tyler Perry talks BET special on COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine hesitancy in Black community
Tyler Perry talks BET special on COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine hesitancy in Black community Media mogul Tyler Perry joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his new BET special on the coronavirus vaccine. He shares his own experience getting vaccinated and what he learned from talking to doctors.cbsnews.com
Tyler Perry and MPTF to get humanitarian award at Oscars
FILE - Tyler Perry poses at the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Oct. 5, 2019. Perry and the Motion Picture and Television Fund are being honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Invision/AP, File)Filmmaker Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture and Television Fund are being honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday. Perry helped create a safe way for many to return to work at his Tyler Perry Studios while the MPTF has provided social services to nearly 9,000 members. Perry and the MPTF will receive their Oscar statuettes at the 93rd Academy Awards on April 25.
Tyler Perry donates $100,000 to defense fund of Breonna Taylor's boyfriend
Tyler Perry has donated $100,000 to the legal defense fund of Breonna Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, after police fatally shot Taylor inside her apartment earlier this year. Mattingly was shot in the thigh in the March 13 police raid in which Taylor was killed while at home. Walker told "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King that he asked police to identify themselves several times, but never got an answer. Three officers fired a combined 32 shots into the apartment, with "bullets coming in every direction," Walker said. Police charged Walker with attempted murder of a police officer, but never told him directly that Taylor was killed.cbsnews.com
Tyler Perry donates $100,000 to Breonna Taylor's boyfriend's defense fund
Tyler Perry donates $100,000 to Breonna Taylor's boyfriend's defense fund A Louisville police officer wounded in the March 13 shooting in which Breonna Taylor was killed is suing Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, for assault, battery and emotional distress. When Walker set up a GoFundMe page for his defense, entertainment giant Tyler Perry donated $100,000.cbsnews.com
'B.A.P.S.' star Natalie Desselle Reid dies at 53
This photo provided by JeCaryous Entertainment shows Natalie Desselle Reid. Reid, who starred alongside Halle Berry in the 1997 film B.A.P.S. and on the sitcom Eve, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Leonard Reid/Courtesy of JeCaryous Entertainment via AP)LOS ANGELES – Natalie Desselle Reid, who starred alongside Halle Berry in the 1997 film “B.A.P.S.” and on the sitcom “Eve,” has died. In the film “B.A.P.S,” Reid and Berry played the roles of two waitresses at a Georgia food diner who decide to fly to Los Angeles for a music video audition.
Cars line up for miles for Tyler Perry Atlanta food giveaway
ATLANTA – Thousands of people jammed roads for miles in Atlanta on Sunday to try to get boxes of food and gift cards donated by entertainer Tyler Perry. Tyler Perry Studios said they had enough boxes of canned vegetables and $25 gift cards for 5,000 families to drive through and pick up. The studio said it was out of food by 10 a.m. Sunday. The line started forming Saturday and at one point stretched for 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of downtown Atlanta, media outlets reported. Volunteers in protective equipment were handing out the food and gift cards.
Dancing through quarantine and Harlem — in a bubble
In this October 2020, photo provided by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dance Theatre of Harlem Company members rehearse at the Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, N.Y. Fifteen dancers, a choreographer, the artistic director and a production team has taken up residence at a cultural center in New York's Hudson Valley, about 100 miles north of New York City, due to the coronavirus until the end of the month. (Will Cotton/Dance Theatre of Harlem via AP
Dancing through quarantine and Harlem — in a bubble
(Will Cotton/Dance Theatre of Harlem via APNEW YORK – Living and breathing dance is par for the course at the Dance Theater of Harlem. There, inspired by the example set by the National Basketball Association and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry, they're in a bubble until the end of the month — a coronavirus quarantine bubble. As with many artistic organizations, the pandemic has been difficult for the renowned dance company, founded by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook in 1969. “What’s been fabulous about this moment is the opportunity for people to learn about Dance Theater of Harlem and our very unique story, as well as our very unique approach to this art form of ballet," she said. “I want more and more and more and more people to watch this video and ... to fall in love with this beautiful company."
New this week: Katy Perry's 'Smile' and 'Love Island' return
This image released by BBC America shows Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in a scene from "Planet Earth: A Celebration." The special debuts at 8 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 31, on BBC America, AMC, SundanceTV and IFC. (BBC Studios/BBC America via AP)
New this week: Surfing dolphins and 'Love Island' return
This image released by BBC America shows Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in a scene from "Planet Earth: A Celebration." The special debuts at 8 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 31, on BBC America, AMC, SundanceTV and IFC. — AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISIONWhether the new season of CBS’ “Love Island” includes any version of love remains to be seen, but it’s definitely not on an island. The special, debuting 8 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 31, on BBC America, AMC, SundanceTV and IFC, includes new narration from Attenborough. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”) and Jacob Shea, an Emmy nominee for the “Planet Earth II” score, created new music.
Tyler Perry's work honored with 2020 Governors Award
NEW YORK Tyler Perry has won awards from the NAACP and BET. Now he's getting a big one from the Television Academy: He and his foundation are the recipients of the 2020 Governors Award. Tyler Perry has changed the face of television and inspired a new generation of content creators. He pioneered a new brand of storytelling that engages people of color both in front of and behind the camera, and his shows have resonated with a global audience, said Governors Award selection committee Chair Eva Basler in a statement. The award honors an individual or organization in the television arts and sciences whose achievement is so exceptional and universal in nature that it goes beyond the scope of annual Emmy Awards recognition.Previous recipients of the Governors Award include Star Trek, American Idol, Masterpiece Theater and Comic Relief.
Funeral for Rayshard Brooks to be held at MLK's church
Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, comforts Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks during his public viewing at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday, Jun 22, 2020 in Atlanta. A private funeral for Brooks will be held Tuesday at the church. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)ATLANTA Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot by a police officer, is to be remembered Tuesday at the church in Atlanta where the Rev. The private funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church follows a public viewing held Monday. Bernice King, also plans to deliver remarks at Brooks' funeral, along with a friend of his and his mother-in-law, according to a draft program released by the church.
Shooting, protests test Atlanta's image of Black prosperity
Touting itself for decades as the city too busy to hate, Atlanta has had an unbroken succession of Black mayors since 1973. After hiring its first Black officers in 1948, the Atlanta Police Department is now 60% Black, higher even than the city's Black population of 52%. King's legacy was often evoked in promoting cooperation between the city's Black leaders and white business establishment, Hobson said. Thats what made me mad.She's among more than a dozen owners seeking help from Atlanta Black Owned Business Relief, a group started after the protests. Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry, an embodiment of Black prosperity in Atlanta, is helping pay the bill.
Atlanta police call out sick over charges in fatal shooting
Interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant speaks to the Associated Press on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Atlanta. A few hours after reporting to the Fulton County jail in Atlanta, Rolfe was moved to the jail in neighboring Gwinnett County, according to online records. Atlanta officers are walking off their shifts or not responding to calls because they feel abandoned, betrayed, used in a political game, Champion told the AP. Rolfe shot Brooks after he grabbed a Taser, fired it and ran, Howard, the prosecutor, said. The district attorney said the other officer, Brosnan, 26, is cooperating with prosecutors and will testify.
Tyler Perry pens essay on racism, police brutality in People
LOS ANGELES Tyler Perry wrote we must never give up in a heartfelt first-person essay in People magazine detailing his thoughts on racial injustice and police brutality against unarmed black people in America. Perry said he almost passed on publishing his essay in the upcoming issue, which will be released Friday, but the filmmaker felt compelled to follow through because hes exhausted from what he's recently seen across the country. Im exhausted from all the hate and the division, the vitriol that I see online from one to another, the actor-writer-director writes. The level of racism and brutality that George Floyd faced is something that we as black people know all too well, he wrote. I felt for my 5-year-old son.Perry said he is mulling over how to explain racism to his son.
Celebs take to streets for historic demonstrations
Across the U.S., many celebrities have been doing far more than tweeting supportive words or issuing carefully prepared statements. They took to the streets alongside thousands of people to condemn the killings of black people at the hands of police and to demand reform. The video shows Sampson step in front of his assistant and an officer hit him at least twice with a baton. Then an officer aims straight at me, no ricochet, and shoots (rubber bullets) Sampson wrote. Everyone is angry but there is a way to direct that anger, actor/director Taika Waititi wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Perry's studio moves toward reopening while industry waits
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, actor-filmmaker and author Tyler Perry poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES Tyler Perry is planning to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first domestic filming grounds to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. But while Perry is looking to restart production in July, other studios in Georgia and beyond are anxiously waiting for Hollywoods green light. The studio has been home to big-budget films such as The Avengers: Endgame and Ant-Man along with the television show The Walking Dead." Theres not one place in the industry thats making the decisions about when we get back to work, he continued.
California to give guidelines for restarting TV and movie production
REUTERS/Gabriela Bhaskar/File PhotoLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California on Monday will roll out guidelines for the resumption of production of Hollywood movies and TV shows, but Governor Gavin Newsom warned that Los Angeles County would likely be excluded in the first phase. Because of the challenges of social distancing on sets, Hollywood is expected to be among the last industries to come back. Netflix was paying crews on all of its shut down shows, resulting in a $150 million plus commitment, Sarandos told the livestreamed event. Actor Jon Huertas, who plays Miguel Rivas on the NBC series This Is Us, said on Wednesday that the show may not resume production until January. Selma director Ava DuVernay, said everyone in the industry was anxious to get back to work.feeds.reuters.com
Celebrities and fans fume over Jennifer Lopez's Oscar "snub"
"Today is the day I start learning metalwork so I can hand craft the Oscar that Jennifer Lopez deserves," actress Melanie Lynskey said after the announcement. "I imagine them sitting in a room wondering, "is there anyone ANYONE we can nominate instead of jennifer Lopez? "Wearing a nude glossy lip in honor of jennifer lopez and her stolen oscar nomination," wrote Vulture writer Hunter Harris. I imagine them sitting in a room wondering, "is there anyone ANYONE we can nominate instead of jennifer Lopez? https://t.co/VMfLmoR6LU Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker) January 13, 2020Some used the snub to call out the lack of diversity in Oscar nominations this year.cbsnews.com
Ryan Millsap never intended to build Georgia's third largest film studio. Now Blackhall is going global
Despite the close proximity, rivals seems too strong word for Pinewood, Tyler Perry and Blackhall. The more work that comes into Georgia, the better it is for all of the studios, Millsap said. The more space Blackhall has, the more productions it can house on its campuses. The U.K., Millsap said, is desperately looking for more studio space and "understands the value of film." Since 2016, more than 850 students have completed their production certifications through the Georgia Film Academy, with starting salaries averaging around $84,000.cnbc.com
Tyler Perry: 'I'm ignored in Hollywood'
ATLANTA - Tyler Perry is a history-making media mogul, but he says he understands why Hollywood doesn't treat him as such. "I clearly believe that I'm ignored in Hollywood, for sure," Perry told Gayle King of "CBS This Morning" in an interview that aired Tuesday. Tyler Perry Studios, one of the largest in existence, opened last weekend in Atlanta. "I know what I do touches millions of people around the world," Perry told King. We're represented,' " Perry said.
Beyonc overwhelmed at opening of Tyler Perry's new studios
Copyright 2019 CNNATLANTA - Beyonc has revealed she "could not stop crying" when she attended the opening of Tyler Perry's gigantic new film studio. The 38-year-old singer, who joined famous faces including Oprah Winfrey and director Spike Lee at the grand opening of the 330-acre Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, congratulated the award-winning writer and producer on Sunday night. Surrounded by my heroes, I watched Denzel, Queen Oprah, Spike, Whoopi, Sir (Sidney) Poitier, Will, Halle, Dame Cicely (Tyson) and our angels John Singleton and Diahann Carroll honored," she captioned the gallery. Perry's film credits include producing 2009's Oscar-winning drama "Precious" and writing and directing the 2007 hit comedy-drama "Why Did I Get married?". "It feels like encouragement, it feels like gratitude," he said at the studio's launch.
Tyler Perry Makes History as First Black Person to Own Major Film Studio
Trailblazer Tyler Perry is mowing down another path, becoming the first black person to own and head a major film studio. To put it in perspective, Warner Bros. studios and Walt Disney Studios, both located in Burbank, California, sit on 145 acres and 51 acres, respectively. According to WSB, Perry built 12 sound stages, each named after black pioneers in the arts. In 1918, Oscar Micheaux was hailed as the first major black filmmaker with his Lincoln Motion Picture Company. RELATED STORIESTyler Perry Pays Off More Than $400,000 of Items on Layaway at Walmart for the HolidaysMariah Carey and Tyler Perry Speak About Whitney Houston's FuneralTyler Perry Faces Controversy Over Kardashian Casting
Michael Jordan pledges $1M to help battered Bahamas
(CNN) - NBA legend Michael Jordan has jumped into the Bahamas relief effort by announcing he will give $1 million to help the islands impacted by Hurricane Dorian. "I am devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas, where I own property and visit frequently," Jordan said in a statement from his manager, Estee Portnoy, on Twitter. Jordan also gave a $2 million donation to support North Carolina after Hurricane Florence last year. The NBA GOAT joins other celebrities who have donated money to the Bahamas after Dorian. Hurricane Dorian left more than 70,000 people homeless in the Bahamas, and at least 50 people have died.
Geoffrey Owens Quits Job at Trader Joe's a Year After Photo of Him Working There Went Viral:
On Aug. 31, 2018, a woman posted a picture of actor Geoffrey Owens of "Cosby Show" fame working at a New Jersey Trader Joe's. When the acting slowed down, he took the job at Trader Joe's to support his family. After photos of Owens at Trader Joe's went viral, many came to his aid as well, including Nicki Minaj. When I was working at Trader Joes, I never gave up on my dreams of being an actor. 'Cosby Show' Actor Seen Working at Trader Joe's: 'No One Has to Feel Sorry for Me'