(BET Awards) Tyler Perry hailed as icon

World | 24 Jun 2019 11:41 am

Tyler Perry spoke about the worthiness of black women and his journey to become a filmmaker after accepting the Ultimate Icon Award at the BET Awards.
Perry says he wants to be an inspiration more than an icon as he preached entrepreneurship on Sunday. He is best known for his African-American comedies and his character "Madea'' through his film series. 
In 2006, Perry opened a 200,000-square-foot studio in Atlanta. He expanded and opened a different state-of-the-art film and television studio in 2015 on the former Fort McPherson Army Base, which is now a 330-acre campus that is one of the largest production studios in the country. 
Taraji P. Henson presented Perry with the award. Cicely Tyson said Perry is a "blessing to us all'' in a video statement.-AP


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