Tyler Perry Will Receive Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award At Oscars Ceremony
Tyler Perry is being recognized by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the upcoming 73rd Oscars ceremony in April.
The Academy will present Tyler Perry with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the live show for his philanthropic and charitable work from social justice to feeding the homeless in his community.
Academy President David Rubin in a statement,
“There has been such widespread generosity in our industry that limiting the Hersholt Humanitarian Award to one recipient, this year in particular, was impossible. So, we are breaking with tradition and giving two awards to honor that spirit,”
“Tyler’s cultural influence extends far beyond his work as a filmmaker. He has quietly and steadily focused on humanitarian and social justice causes from the beginning of his career, caring for people who are most often ignored. The work of the MPTF is more vital than ever, and the organization has gone above and beyond to help our community. The sheer number of individuals and families—from every corner of our industry’s workforce—aided during the pandemic and over the last 100 years is nothing short of extraordinary.”
Past recipients of the award have gone to Debbie Reynolds, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and Frank Sinatra as well as many others.
The 2021 Oscars will be an in-person telecast on April 25, 2021.
In mid December 2020, Tyler Perry has donated $100,000 to the legal defense fund of Kenneth Walker, the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death in her apartment on March 13 by Louisville, Ky., police. Policemen entered her home with a “no-knock warrant” amid a drug investigation.
In July of the same year, he purchased more than 1,000 Kroger supermarket gift cards and donated them to the Atlanta Police Department to hand out to Atlanta residents. The purpose of this was to help bridge the gap between the ADP and the communities they serve. Following his good deed, Tyler Perry released a statement that said,
“This is about the community that I love, that I live and work in. This about good people who are in need of a hand up, not a hand out.”
“This is about the good police officers who do their job well every day, some of which are my personal friends. This is about trying to bridge unity in a city that adopted me and held me up high enough to reach my own branch on the tree of success.”
The gift cards were of the amount of $50 each.
In that same month it was reported that the entertainer paid for the funeral expenses of Secoriea Turner, an eight-year-old girl who was unfortunately fatally struck by gunfire Saturday (July 4th).
When speaking about the death of Secoriea Turner Tyler Perry said that he is outraged by what happened to her.
“When so many Black people like George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks were killed I was outraged and did what I could to help their families. When a white police officer was shot in the head trying to stop a shoplifter in a suburb outside of Atlanta I was outraged and I did what I could to help him and his family. And when we are killing each other, including our innocent children, I am outraged, It doesn’t matter what color wrong comes in, wrong is wrong.”
“I’m outraged today because I’d rather be paying for 8-year-old Secoriea Turner’s college than her funeral. When does this end?”
In June of 2020 he donated a brand-new cargo van to her cause (June 25th) as a gift. Her organization,
“…provides people in need the basics for health, hygiene and love.”
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