After the jaw-dropping opening of his 330 acre studios, Tyler Perry has revealed that the work will still continue on.
On Tuesday, the Tyler Perry Studios CEO sat down with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King to discuss the venture which will hopefully help offset the challenges faced by the most vulnerable communities in Atlanta.
With all of his accomplishments King asks Perry what he hopes his legacy will be to which he responded with the following:
“I’ll tell you what I’m most excited about next is that pulling this next phase off–is building a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out or displaced,” Perry said. “And having a compound that is a beautiful place right here somewhere on this 330 acres, where they’re trained in the business and they become self-sufficient, they live in nice apartments, there’s daycare, there’s all of these wonderful things that allows them to re-enter society and then pay it forward again. That’s what I hope to do soon.”
Georgia faces a spike in human trafficking, especially when it comes to young women and girls. During the most recent Super Bowl, arrest for human trafficking saw a huge increase after 169 people were arrested over the course of 11 days, according to an investigative report by WTOC. 3,600 minors are sold into sex slavery every year in the state of Georgia, according to the non-profit Street Grace.
A 2017 report on homelessness by the Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago found that LGBTQ youth face a 120 percent higher risk of reporting homelessness compared to youth who identify as cisgendered or heterosexual.
The announcement comes after swift criticism of the movie director and mogul over past representations in his movies when it comes to Black women and the LGBTQ community.
It’s hard to celebrate Tyler Perry’s historic success when he got there by parodying big bodied Black women, using thinly veiled misogynoir, expressing overt transphobia and homophobia, and privileging cishet Black maleness over Black women, femmes, and queers.
But go awf.
— Dr. Jenn M. Jackson (@JennMJack) October 7, 2019
Hopefully Perry’s new venture will help the movie mogul to continue his awareness as well as his continued effort in extending a leg up to those who are the most disenfranchised.