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YBF Folks Celebrate Tyler Perry's Atlanta Studio Opening

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The YBF stars came out to help Tyler Perry celebrate his grand opening of his movie and tv studio in Atlanta. Huge move for him and the black community.   Of course Mr. Smith was there. So were Oprah and Stedman. But then she busted out crying with Sidney Poitier. Lots more pics when you read the rest... The men came with the dapper looks. Cicely Tyson made an appearance. So did Angela Burt Murray, an editor of Essence Magazine. Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe showed off her gorgeous new haircut while hitting the red carpet with her hubby Boris. Barry Bonds brought along his wife Lisa. Tasha Smith hit the carpet looking fabulous. John Legend and Kimberly Elise made appearances. Michael Jai White and his wife Cortney hit the carpet. Malik Yoba hit the carpet solo. Lynn Whitfield looked fab. Kirk Franklin and his wife looked fabulous on the carpet. Patti Patti stole the show of course. Tyler and his date for the evening actress Gelila Bekele looked stunning. Even Star Jones looked nice.  But it looks like she left her new chef man Herb at home. Heeey Ms. Jenifer. Holly Robinson Peete hit the carpet solo. And so did new mom Terri Vaughn. Eva and her man Lance rocked the carpet nicely. I see Ms. Edmunds is still looking hot these days. Denyce Lawton and Wesley Jonathan hit the carpet separately.  I wonder if things aren't peachy keen anymore with those two. And y'all already know Nick and Valerie hit the carpet. And um, who's your new girl Lamman?
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how long is it....

how long is it....
jimo's picture

Okay well excuse me for being

Okay well excuse me for being brusque, but it's late at night and my mouth can get reckless after 12. First off, I'm happy that a brotha is coming up and owning his own shit, but fuck Tyler Perry! Aside from making shiddy movies, and using stereotypes which most of his fans seem to eat up, what the hell has he done for you? He doesn't pay your bills, doesn't cover your health care, so all you radical fans need to chill. I'm an aspiring filmmaker, a freshman in film school, and all this fool is doing is making it harder for me and my fellow generation of future black screenwriters to pass thru his bullshit. Sure, he may give roles to deserving black actors who constantly get snubbed, but his films lack QUALITY and SUBSTANCE. Unlike Spike and John Singleton's films, you cannot consider ANY of TP's productions as timeless. All he does is use 'Madea' as his crutch to blatantly demean black women, throw in some shirtless niggaz like Boris Kodjoe, add some Bible scriptures and most of you all watch his films like the motherfcker reinvented the wheel or something. Sorry for writing a book this late, but dammit, I get very angry when I see someone bullshit my craft (as I'm sure most of you all do too). Filmmaking is something I feel very passionately about, and it makes me mad when talented screenwriters like Spike, John Singleton, the Hughes Bros, and Kasi Lemons after all of their years of classic films, get swept to the side in favor of this country ass coon. It's time we wake up from the matrix fam. Like seriously. Black screenwriters, hold ya heads up! Oh yeah and congrats TP...for what it's worth.
Crooklyn Style's picture

i can't believe the first

i can't believe the first event i seen thus far...EVERYONE looks presentable....some nicer than others..but presentable none the less....will looking extra sexy.. nicole and boris...sexy couple oprah gotta be the one..maad extra
Miss GQ's picture

I'm sad about seeing Lamman

I'm sad about seeing Lamman Rucker with another woman. I thought it would have been me! *weeping* Maybe there's still hope....
SeriousMatter's picture

[quote comment="225051"]WOW.

[quote comment="225051"]WOW. This is truly an amazing feat! Congratulations to Mr. Perry, this man has worked SO SO SO hard to have his dreams come true! My husband will be in one of his films soon! Like most forward-thinking, smart people Tyler cut the DEAD WEIGHT out of his life and kept moving. DEAD WEIGHT is like a cancer and there are a lot of black people that are DEAD WEIGHT. He did the right thing no matter how many people bash him on the internet. The same people he was trying to help are out there spreading rumors about his sexuality (which is none of anybody's business) and his business practices. A real SELF MADE man came from nothing and built an empire and all anyone is worried about is whether he is gay or why he plays a fat black woman in his movies. Newsflash, a lot of black women are fat and act like Medea - so what's the big deal? Self-hate is a mother. Most of y'all know at least one Madea yet you want to act like this is some ficitional character not at all based in reality. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, Tyler. Buy a broom because there's going to be a lot of DIRT flung your way. *Some* of our people hate success because it shines a light on them and it ain't pretty. The roaches scurry when the light comes on. Thank you for providing an opportunity to black actors, especially those from the stage. Thank you for keeping folks employed and paying their bills. Everyone else is eating off the white man while you are providing. *leave soapbox*[/quote] girl go to bed, lol,lol,lol,lol
BOOM's picture

Beautiful black people!!

Beautiful black people!!
The One and Only's picture

[quote comment="225051"]WOW.

[quote comment="225051"]WOW. This is truly an amazing feat! Congratulations to Mr. Perry, this man has worked SO SO SO hard to have his dreams come true! My husband will be in one of his films soon! Like most forward-thinking, smart people Tyler cut the DEAD WEIGHT out of his life and kept moving. DEAD WEIGHT is like a cancer and there are a lot of black people that are DEAD WEIGHT. He did the right thing no matter how many people bash him on the internet. The same people he was trying to help are out there spreading rumors about his sexuality (which is none of anybody's business) and his business practices. A real SELF MADE man came from nothing and built an empire and all anyone is worried about is whether he is gay or why he plays a fat black woman in his movies. Newsflash, a lot of black women are fat and act like Medea - so what's the big deal? Self-hate is a mother. Most of y'all know at least one Madea yet you want to act like this is some ficitional character not at all based in reality. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, Tyler. Buy a broom because there's going to be a lot of DIRT flung your way. *Some* of our people hate success because it shines a light on them and it ain't pretty. The roaches scurry when the light comes on. Thank you for providing an opportunity to black actors, especially those from the stage. Thank you for keeping folks employed and paying their bills. Everyone else is eating off the white man while you are providing. *leave soapbox*[/quote] REALLY
TOO LATE 4 THIS LONG A$$ BULLSH........'s picture

WOW. This is truly an amazing

WOW. This is truly an amazing feat! Congratulations to Mr. Perry, this man has worked SO SO SO hard to have his dreams come true! My husband will be in one of his films soon! Like most forward-thinking, smart people Tyler cut the DEAD WEIGHT out of his life and kept moving. DEAD WEIGHT is like a cancer and there are a lot of black people that are DEAD WEIGHT. He did the right thing no matter how many people bash him on the internet. The same people he was trying to help are out there spreading rumors about his sexuality (which is none of anybody's business) and his business practices. A real SELF MADE man came from nothing and built an empire and all anyone is worried about is whether he is gay or why he plays a fat black woman in his movies. Newsflash, a lot of black women are fat and act like Medea - so what's the big deal? Self-hate is a mother. Most of y'all know at least one Madea yet you want to act like this is some ficitional character not at all based in reality. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, Tyler. Buy a broom because there's going to be a lot of DIRT flung your way. *Some* of our people hate success because it shines a light on them and it ain't pretty. The roaches scurry when the light comes on. Thank you for providing an opportunity to black actors, especially those from the stage. Thank you for keeping folks employed and paying their bills. Everyone else is eating off the white man while you are providing. *leave soapbox*
Huemanity's picture

some one did not get the memo

some one did not get the memo that it was all black attire!!! everyone looks lovely! support for for black buisness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is historic!!! OBMAMA O8 O8O8O8O8O8O8O!!!!!!! VOTE REGISTER TO VOTE!!
jessica's picture

[quote

[quote comment="225070"]Congratulation TP. Everyone looks great.[/quote] *congratulations
shaw831's picture

[quote

[quote comment="225038"][quote comment="225001"]Love to see African Americans doing big things in a positive way...Gooooooooo Tyler!!![/quote] amen :smile:[/quote] Your posting a comment and commenting on your own post.
WHY's picture

[quote comment="225039"]Laman

[quote comment="225039"]Laman Rucker and Will Smith...lawd have mercy. (DROOLING) Chocolate fine azz brothas.[/quote] Will's chocolate? U must be white...
Angel Martinez's picture

[quote

[quote comment="225034"]YES!! IM soooooo proud of you TYLER. i am a HARD-CORE fan of yours you did it YOUR way and by passed HOLLYWOOD and STILL won! A great day for Black Hollywood and Black History. Now...... to you IGNORANT ****'s The reason Oprah was crying was because,Tyler and his guest just finished watching Sidney Poitner christen on of the 5 soundstages Tyler has inside his studio, all named after Black Hollywood Royalty..... for example soundstage one is called (The Sidney Poiter soundstage). fyi the other 4 are named after( Ruby Dee,Cicily Tyson,Quincy Jones and probually Oprah Winfrey). THATS why Oprah was crying and so was everybody else..... its because they never thought they would see this day come to pass and it has..... So PLEASE all you negitive, never had anything and never will have anything ignorant people....CELEBRATE when one of our own does good, hits a milestone, gives backs and makes a positive contribution to our community and STOP all the hating, gossiping and character assisanation! Be Blessed! Gina[/quote]
SHORT_COMMENTS_R_WELCOME's picture

Laman Rucker and Will

Laman Rucker and Will Smith...lawd have mercy. (DROOLING) Chocolate fine azz brothas.
A's picture

[quote comment="225001"]Love

[quote comment="225001"]Love to see African Americans doing big things in a positive way...Gooooooooo Tyler!!![/quote] amen :smile:
d's picture

Mannnn...EVERYBODY look

Mannnn...EVERYBODY look GORGEOUS! I mean EVERY SINGLE BLACK BODY at that event looked GOOD. Applause for black hollywood. I'm proud to be black. FABOLOUS!
A's picture

[quote

[quote comment="225034"]YES!! IM soooooo proud of you TYLER. i am a HARD-CORE fan of yours you did it YOUR way and by passed HOLLYWOOD and STILL won! A great day for Black Hollywood and Black History. Now...... to you IGNORANT ****'s The reason Oprah was crying was because,Tyler and his guest just finished watching Sidney Poitner christen on of the 5 soundstages Tyler has inside his studio, all named after Black Hollywood Royalty..... for example soundstage one is called (The Sidney Poiter soundstage). fyi the other 4 are named after( Ruby Dee,Cicily Tyson,Quincy Jones and probually Oprah Winfrey). THATS why Oprah was crying and so was everybody else..... its because they never thought they would see this day come to pass and it has..... So PLEASE all you negitive, never had anything and never will have anything ignorant people....CELEBRATE when one of our own does good, hits a milestone, gives backs and makes a positive contribution to our community and STOP all the hating, gossiping and character assisanation! Be Blessed! Gina[/quote] I know you are not calling me ignorant because I asked why Oprah was crying so....
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YES!! IM soooooo proud of you

YES!! IM soooooo proud of you TYLER. i am a HARD-CORE fan of yours you did it YOUR way and by passed HOLLYWOOD and STILL won! A great day for Black Hollywood and Black History. Now...... to you IGNORANT ****'s The reason Oprah was crying was because,Tyler and his guest just finished watching Sidney Poitner christen on of the 5 soundstages Tyler has inside his studio, all named after Black Hollywood Royalty..... for example soundstage one is called (The Sidney Poiter soundstage). fyi the other 4 are named after( Ruby Dee,Cicily Tyson,Quincy Jones and probually Oprah Winfrey). THATS why Oprah was crying and so was everybody else..... its because they never thought they would see this day come to pass and it has..... So PLEASE all you negitive, never had anything and never will have anything ignorant people....CELEBRATE when one of our own does good, hits a milestone, gives backs and makes a positive contribution to our community and STOP all the hating, gossiping and character assisanation! Be Blessed! Gina
me's picture

[quote comment="225028"]Also,

[quote comment="225028"]Also, some of u folks are RUDE and Ignorant. That is why YOU are at home writing about them..........loosers.[/quote] Aaah don't know if you figured this out yet, but your writing/typing on a keyboard as well.
BOW LEGGED, BIG BOOTIED TRANNY's picture

Beautiful just beautiful. So

Beautiful just beautiful. So proud to see blacks showing that we can have real true power. That we can be positive. I love Tyler Perry for that. Now just hire your black writers back Tyler. You can't celebrate such a big positive thing and not have black writers. This is going to be big for the Atlanta metro area. Major studios should have been in the Atlanta area years ago.
porkside701's picture

i've never seen his plays and

i've never seen his plays and paid to see one of his movies. . .but i can't knock a man's hustle . . .if you can go from being homeless, sleeping in your car to making almost oprah money. . .then go ahead stuff! i don't like his movies or plays too much but i won't hate on a man for making his come up! so he gets congrats from me.
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FABULOUS!!!

FABULOUS!!!
Em's picture

Also, some of u folks are

Also, some of u folks are RUDE and Ignorant. That is why YOU are at home writing about them..........loosers.
Lovely Day's picture

I love me some Oprah.. but

I love me some Oprah.. but come on this is not your first time in the presence of Sydny Portier!!! why you leave the man's jacket looking like that, after crying all over it!!
tonia's picture

Nice post Go Tyler

Nice post Go Tyler
Dame(Early voting for Obama)'s picture

DAMN!!!!! My people sure

DAMN!!!!! My people sure know how to put it together! Everyone looks absolutely gorgeous! Lovin that haircut Nicole!
Renee's picture

Alos, Nicole's new hair style

Alos, Nicole's new hair style is THE BOMB!!
Lovely Day's picture

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTFUL!!!!!!!!!!

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTFUL!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!! We as blacks folks are comming up.......BIG TIME!!
Lovely Day's picture

LOL, so funny, I just turned

LOL, so funny, I just turned to the ABC Family channel and the Fresh Prince episode when they go on the Oprah show is on. I forgot this even existed.
ab's picture

wow, these are some of the

wow, these are some of the most bizarre pics i have ever seen... the jokes just write themselves... i'm somewhat speechless. but i will say that i love Nicole AP's new hair.
ab's picture

Does Tracy Edmonds NOT own

Does Tracy Edmonds NOT own and iron or and valet to insure that she is not a wrinkled mess????? Word on the street in the ATL is tht Mr/Ms Perry doesn't care for ATL celebs so hardly any or none were invited and he had security in place should they or any of the great unwashed, if you will, try to enter. Hummmmmmmmmmmmm wasn't it Tyler whom in the last year or so spouted how he was grateful for this chance at the golden ring from all of those who helped him rise, yada yada yada?????? Please advise. :)
DAW's picture

Everyone looks SO nice.

Everyone looks SO nice. Where's Jada, I love to see her red carpet looks. Lance and Eva look SO happy. I can't wait until they get married!!!
Jokes's picture

Nicole, YOU LOOK FAB!!! Talk

Nicole, YOU LOOK FAB!!! Talk about FIERCE. In that pic, she is OWNING that hair, the look, AND BORIS. Sincere props to u.
MissPriss's picture

Very nice pictures. The

Very nice pictures. The lighting was excellent. Everyone looked fabulous; I love it when I see my people doing it up and bringing it to the table. Camera, Lights and action.
dee's picture

[quote

[quote comment="224943"][quote comment="224935"][quote comment="224926"][quote comment="224895"]CAN YOU PLEASE ADDRESS THE NEWS ABOUT HOW TP UNFAIRLY FIRED 4 MEMBERS OF HIS WRITING STAFF FOR ASKING FOR FAIR WAGES, PENTION, HEALTHCARE BENEFITS, AND RESIDUALS VIA THE WGA? I'M ALL ABOUT A BLACK MAN DOING HIS THING, BUT ROBBING THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE IS NOT GOD-LIKE. ITS BAD ENOUGH THAT WE ARE ALREADY FAR AND FEW IN HOLLYWOOD. BUT TO GET BLATANTLY DISRESPECTED BY ONE OF OUR OWN IS EVEN WORSE. ITS ALMOST AS IF IT IS JUSTIFICATION FOR THEM TO CONTINUE TO DO AS THEY DO...ESPECIALLY IF "OUR OWN" IS DOING IT TO US. TP IS JUST GIVING MAINSTREAM HOLLYWOOD IDEAS...[/quote] I read about that ...he hired some Caucasian folks as replacement[/quote] You would be surprised, they always like paying the white folks, but the blacks always have to fight for there money. John Singleton is the same way.[/quote] thats effed up.[/quote] I heard about this on one of the morning radio shows, but I did not hear about the hiring white people to replace them. I believe the reporter said it had something to do with them trying to join a writer's union that required certain benefits be provided. I will say that they have a right to to seek out the best for themselves, and he has a right to watch his bottom line. See if he has workers that are not apart of the union he can shoot his movies quicker and at a lower budget. I say TP do what you have to do, you don't see too many white folks or blacks investing in that studio.
Shamrock's picture

Thank you Tyler Perry. I

Thank you Tyler Perry. I don't believe in begging White folks for anything. Let's just make our own way....
Isla's picture

I hope you are right Taya

I hope you are right Taya about new black talent coming along to upgrade what is current.
BuscemiFan's picture

[quote comment="224976"]I

[quote comment="224976"]I don't know how I feel about this story. It is great to see a black man garner success but at what costs? I find Tyler Perry's movies to be dry and contrived. The one episode that I watched of his television show was one of the worst shows I have ever seen. I hope his product improves.[/quote] I have to agree...his movies are very typical and that show is horrible but at least it's a step in the right direction. TP's basically paving the way for more daring black writers and directors to come along and take black movies to another level.
taya's picture

Love to see African Americans

Love to see African Americans doing big things in a positive way...Gooooooooo Tyler!!!
Winter's picture

[quote comment="224993"]YESS

[quote comment="224993"]YESS GELILA!!!!!!!!!! SHE'S GORGEOUS!!! ethiopia baby!!! [quote comment="224997"]I agree ponygrl, I browse this site everyday but I hardly ever comment but are these negative comments really warranted?[/quote] YEP
BOW LEGGED, BIG BOOTIED TRANNY's picture

Awo! @ Gelila ^_^. [quote

Awo! @ Gelila ^_^. [quote comment="224993"]YESS GELILA!!!!!!!!!! SHE'S GORGEOUS!!! ethiopia baby!!! if that's the way tyler perry is running his business, that is very sad.[/quote]
Embrya's picture

I agree ponygrl, I browse

I agree ponygrl, I browse this site everyday but I hardly ever comment but are these negative comments really warranted?
Jmarie's picture

Girl, you know they're stuck

Girl, you know they're stuck in a time warp. I don't think there's any hope... :( [quote comment="224992"]Mr. Smith looked DAMN HOT!!!!!! It the 21st Century damnit, when will Ashford and Simpson update their look.[/quote]
Embrya's picture

YESS GELILA!!!!!!!!!! SHE'S

YESS GELILA!!!!!!!!!! SHE'S GORGEOUS!!! ethiopia baby!!! if that's the way tyler perry is running his business, that is very sad.
Lashez's picture

Mr. Smith looked DAMN

Mr. Smith looked DAMN HOT!!!!!! It the 21st Century damnit, when will Ashford and Simpson update their look.
Pretty Paige's picture

Nicole Ari Parker looks

Nicole Ari Parker looks AMAZING!!!! makeup, hair, everything. Her and Boris are simply beautiful. Everyone looks great too... This is a huge step in the right direction for us Black people to be able to have ownership in the industry we heavily invest in...I'm pretty sure TP has his finances in order to be opening up a movie studio which will soon pay for itself several times over in the future. It's about time, no longer do we have to wait on others to discover us or give us a chance, we can be able to provide that for ourselves... I like to see black people do positive things and invest in positive endeavors despite the 'others' that would like to critize or doubt them for doing well.
Jmarie's picture

What's up with the bad moods

What's up with the bad moods and negative comments on this site today?! :(
Ponygirl's picture

Very classy event!!!!!

Very classy event!!!!!
Down South Beauty's picture

Morgan Freeman, Clinton

Morgan Freeman, Clinton Portis, Jerry Rice, Steve McNair, and many, many more have made it from the backwoods and the Delta of Mississippi. You really can't judge someone by the things that they do not do if they are trying to help people as they go along. Two people are better than none. That's two more people that can reach back and help. It cannot be easy being a celebrity nor a leader. I truly do not wish it on anyone. If any of us had to make 1/8th of the amount of decisions concerning community service and philanthropy like many do, only then would we understand why some decisions are made and others are not. We truly cannot judge another until we have lived in their shoes. [quote comment="224959"]Old oprah is crying because she is so happy that 2 black people, her and tyler, made it out of the mississippi cotton fields. never mind about the millions still stuck in them. she is so brain damaged that she thinks 2 people making it is a great accomplishment![/quote]
Embrya's picture

Tyler Perry is doing it!!!

Tyler Perry is doing it!!! What an absolutely amazing accomplishment...the fact that it is not in Hollywood is a great business move as well. If I were there, I would have been crying alongside Oprah. All we need now is Obama to take the election and wrap things up for the black history pages of 2008.
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