Tyler Perry Has His Own Highway Sign – Atlanta Has Truly Been The Promised Land For Me
Director Tyler Perry shared his rags to riches story after revealing a huge accomplishment in the city of Atlanta where a newly updated highway sign added his famous Tyler Perry Studios just one mile away. The film mogul purchased the historic army base in 2016, and since, the studio has continued to grown into one of the largest motion picture studios in the U.S. This week, Perry reflected on moving to Atlanta with nothing while keeping his faith. He writes,
“Driving into work today I saw these signs on the highways being changed. My eyes filled with water knowing what God has allowed to happen in my life. Atlanta has truly been the promised land for me. I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing. I was always keeping the faith, knowing that if I worked hard, did my absolute best, kept my integrity, honored every blessing, and remained grateful through it all that everything would work out. And it has, thank God. But to all of you looking at my life now, I want to share a scripture/prayer that helped me keep going from St. Mark 9:23-25. It’s a simple prayer by a man who had faith, a man who believed, but still had doubts. He said, “LORD I believe but help my unbelief.””
Perry continues, adding how he never gave up on his dreams,
“Even in my darkest times when I wanted to give up, I kept believing, and I asked God to help me to believe past any naysayer, any doubt, and any problem. Just know that it is possible to believe in your dream and still wonder how or when it’s going to happen. Stay the course. Pray, work, believe and repeat. You’ll get there. Just believe for as much as you can, and ask God to help you believe for the rest!”
After sharing his life changing moment, dozens took to his comments to congratulate the director including ‘Power‘ actress Lala Anthony, singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss, and local Atlanta comedian DC Young Fly. Fellow decorated director, Ava DuVernay took a moment and wrote how special this moment would be to those that have sacrifice the most.
“Extraordinary work. Generational work. Bravo, brother. Dreams of our ancestors coming true.”
Tyler Perry Studios is located between downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The exit now bearing the production company’s name is on Georgia State Route 166, a mile past the Sylvan Road and Cleveland Avenue exit. Perry has hosted several film and television projects at his studio including one of the most popular and grossing films from 2018, Marvel’s Black Panther.
After the film was released, Perry took to social media to share that Black Panther was the first movie to be filmed on his new soundstages. He wrote,
“Welcome to Wakanda! You wanna talk about black history! These are the new stages at Tyler Perry Studios. And guess what the first film to shoot on one of the stages was?!”