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Tyler Perry says he converted former Confederate base into film studio to inspire black youths

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Filmmaker Tyler Perry recently revealed that the land where he built his Atlanta studio was once home to a Confederate army base in Georgia. 

“When I built my studio, I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest black neighborhoods in Atlanta so that young black kids can see that a black man did that and they can do it too,” Perry said while accepting the Icon Award at the BET Awards over the weekend.

According to the the director’s website, the land, which he purchased in June 2015, was once by the Confederate Army as a base during the Civil War. 

{mosads}After acquiring 330 acres of the land, Perry transformed the area into the Tyler Perry Studios.

“The studio was once a Confederate army base, which meant that there were Confederate soldiers on that base plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negros enslaved,” Perry said in the speech. “Now that land is owned by one Negro.” 

“I don’t want to be an icon. I want to be an inspiration,” he continued, before advising the audience: “Own your stuff. Own your business.”

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