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Tyler Perry Dedicates Sound Stage To Diahann Carroll At His Studios' Star-Studded Grand Opening + Beyonce Flaunts Her Curves In Sparkly Lemon Colored Gown

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Tyler Perry celebrated the grand opening of his Tyler Perry Studios and all the YBF stars aligned for the gala. Deets on Tyler dedicating a sound studio to the late Diahann CarrollBeyonce serving up fierce lemonade realness, plus all the celebs who hit the carpet inside…

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Yesterday, Tyler Perry celebrated the opening of his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, which is the first black-owned major film studio. Yep. Tyler is making some real boss moves in the industry and several of your faves came out to show him support. 

The actor/director/writer unveiled his state-of-the-art Tyler Perry Studios, which sit on 330-acres. The mega studio has already hosted big projects like his MADEA films along with AMC’s “Walking Dead” and Marvel’s blockbuster hit Black Panther. It’s considered one of the largest production studios in the country with 12 soundstages, 40 buildings on-site that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and more than 200 acres of green space.

One of those soundstages has been dedicated to legendary actress Diahann Carroll, who passed away on Friday following a long bout with cancer. Tyler hopped on Instagram to pay tribute to the “Julia” actress, sharing how he had previously planned to pay tribute to the iconic actress before her passing.

”In less than 24 hours I was scheduled to dedicate a sound stage at my new studio to Diahann Carroll,” he wrote. “As I sat reviewing her video tribute, I got a request to call her daughter when she told me of her Mother’s passing. I did what I could to try and comfort her in this difficult time, but I know no words could soothe, however I prayed that it would."

He said Stage 5 in Tyler Perry Studios will forever hold the legacy Diahann Carroll left behind.

”I know you will live on in our hearts, but I’m so glad to know that your name will live on at Stage 5 at Tyler Perry Studios. Thank you for letting me honor you, and thank you for lending your legend to my studio to inspire generations to come. Rest well, as I know you are traveling to heaven on a first class cloud. You wouldn’t have had it any other way. God bless you. Love to your family.”

 

 
 
 
 
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In less than 24 hours I was scheduled to dedicate a sound stage at my new studio to Diahann Carroll. As I sat reviewing her video tribute, I got a request to call her daughter when she told me of her Mother’s passing. I did what I could to try and comfort her in this difficult time, but I know no words could soothe, however I prayed that it would. I hung up the phone and sat back for a moment and was about to be overcome with sadness. Just as that was about to happen, I received a wave of gratitude. I was so thankful in my soul because I got to be on the planet at the same time as this barrier breaking, race shattering, mythical beauty, that will forever be Diahann Carroll. Thank you Ms. Carroll for how you showed the world that black people are special, strong, beautiful and powerful. I know you will live on in our hearts, but I’m so glad to know that your name will live on at Stage 5 at Tyler Perry Studios. Thank you for letting me honor you, and thank you for lending your legend to my studio to inspire generations to come. Rest well, as I know you are traveling to heaven on a first class cloud. You wouldn’t have had it any other way. God bless you. Love to your family.

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On the carpet, Tyler shared what opening up this studio means to him:

 

 

Also on the carpet...

 

 

Beyonce made her way to Tyler Perry's star-studded affair in Atlanta looking like a bag of money. The Lion King actress flossed her curves in a sparkly gold beaded long-sleeve Yousef Al Jasmi gown. She accessorized the look with a pastel clutch and diamond encrusted drop earrings.

Mrs. Carter made her rounds, snapping it up with Debbie Allen’s son Norm Jr., Social media comedian Kway, and more:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bey's hubby Jay-Z was also in the mix:

 

 

 

 

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Beyonce's Destiny's Child's bandmates - Kelly RowlandMichelle Williams - stepped out for the event. Kellz served up thigh action in a sparkly, metallic Nicolas Jebran gown.

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The "Say Yes" singer wore a printed MALAN BRETON concoction for the festivities.

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The sisterhood is still strong. Love them.

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"Power" star LaLa Anthony - who just landed a recurring role on "The Chi" - hit the scene in Tom Ford.

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Beyonce's mother Tina Lawson (rocking a Alexander McQueen blazer) and her hubby Richard Lawson were color coordinated in all black everything.

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Former NFL star-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick and his girlfriend/HOT 97 radio personality Nessa served up tribal prints on the red carpet.

"The Haves & The Have Nots" star Tika Sumpter flossed in a silver and black dress.

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Girls Trip actress/comedian Tiffany Haddish - who made headlines about her sexcapades with rapper Chingy recently - pulled up on the red carpet in Vivienne Westwood.

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Media mogul Oprah and her man Stedman Graham served up coupledom vibes on the carpet.

O's bestie/"CBS This Morning" anchor Gayle King looked gorgeous in blue.

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And so did new couple Jeannie Mai and Jeezy.  "The Real" co-host wowed in a Michael Costello gown while her man kept it dapper in a crisp, white blazer and black trousers. If you haven't heard, Jeezy is launching his own sports management company. Get those deets HERE.

Speaking of couples...

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"Empire" actress Taraji P. Henson - who is a longtime collaborator with Tyler Perry -  and her fiance Kelvin Hayden made their way to the carpet. The couple is set to say "I Do" on April 4th. More deets about their upcoming nuptials HERE.

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"black-ish" actress Jenifer Lewis - who paid tribute to her idol Diahann Carroll after she past - was her usual vibrant self on the carpet.

"Empire" star Gabourey Sidibe snapped it up on the carpet.

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Oscar winner Viola Davis looked AH-MAZING in a pink dress posing it up alongside her husband Julius Tennon.

Rapper/actor Ludacris and his wife Eudoxie were in the mix.

Luda's Fast & Furious co-star Tyrese came out to show support.

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Oscar winner Halle Berry served up androgynous vibes in a black suit that featured a black vest top and flared black trousers. She topped it off with black hat.

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R&B singer Monica - who's set to release a new album titled Chapter 38 - kept it simple, yet elegant in a pink Alexandre Vauthier dress.

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Actor Lance Gross - who has worked with Tyler Perry in the past - made his way on the carpet in a Tom Ford suit with his wife Rebecca Jefferson.

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"Euphoira" actress Storm Reid showed her "Euphoria" co-star Zendaya some love on the carpet. She rocked a Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya three piece suit, tailored by HouseOfCyndarella.

R&B crooner Usher pulled up real dapper like.

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Queen Jill Scott made an appearance.

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Gorge! Kyla Pratt - who stars in "Black Ink: Compton" with her boyfriend KP - slayed this Alanna Mitchell lewk on the carpet.

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Fab directress Ava DuVernay served up her signature style which is always A1.

Singer Maxwell was all smiles in a tailored suit.

Rapper 2 Chainz and his wife Kesha Ward looked like Hip Hop royalty.

New mom & daytime talk show host Tamron Hall posed it up on the carpet.

Real-life sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad looked like goddesses on the carpet.

Gospel musician Kirk Franklin and his wife Tammy Collins made an appearance.

 

Former Georgia House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams stepped out to show Tyler support.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters brought her husband Sid Williams as her date.

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Black media mogul Bryon Allen - who made headlines for his $20 billion Comcast lawsuit - hit the carpet with his wife Jennifer Lucas. He recently copped 11 television stations for $290 million. Deets HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Last year @tylerperry came on #Bevelations @radioandysxm & we had an absolute blast (as we always do)! He told me about the magnificent studio he was building, he was so proud that parts of #BlackPanther were filmed there! He was most proud that a Black man from NOLA now owned one of the largest film studios in the world & it was housed on former Confederate land! He promised me that when the studio opened I would be invited & viola had a seat (a really prime one) at the table! Last night was one of the highlights of my year, it was a divine balm to what is ailing many of us Black folk in the face of a racist regime! As @ledisi so beautifully sang last night (with no rehearsal) #WeRiseUp

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Tons more celebs were in attendance for the star-studded gala including Diddy, Terrence Howard, Bevy Smith, Spike Lee, Cecily Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Rye, Stacey Abrams, Samuel L. Jackson and tons more. Swipe through all of the #BlackExcellence in our gallery below!

Photos: Getty/Beyonce's IG

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