Steve Iervolino/ABCBeyoncé was one of the many stars in Atlanta over the weekend for the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, and Queen Bey was full of praise for the two-time NAACP Image Award winner.
“Congratulations to Tyler Perry on the opening of his studios. I could feel our ancestors’ presence,” Beyoncé commented on Instagram, along with a photo of herself and husband JAY-Z attending the gala Saturday night.
“Surrounded by my heroes, I watched Denzel, Queen Oprah, Spike, Whoopi, Sir Poitier, Will, Halle, Dame Cicely and our angels John Singleton and Diahann Carroll honored,” Beyoncé continued. “The Armand de Brignac crashed against each soundstage as fireworks lit up the sky. Generations of blood, sweat and tears, success, excellence and brilliance. It makes me so proud, so full, I could not stop crying.”
“Thank you my Virgo brother for so much love and passion put into every detail,” she added. “My prayer today is that you will take it all in. You inspire me to dream even bigger.”
Perry’s new 330-acre filming complex was once the home of confederate army base Fort McPherson. It’s now the site of the only major film studio in the nation owned by an African-American.
In addition to Beyoncé and JAY-Z, others attending the event included Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee,Whoopi Goldberg, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Halle Barry and Cicely Tyson, as well as Samuel L. Jackson, Gladys Knight, Tiffany Haddish, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Jenifer Lewis, Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, Taraji P. Henson, Kirk Franklin, Vanessa L. Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Anita Baker, Ludacris, Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle, Anthony Anderson, Colin Kaepernick and many more.
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