Photos of Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfey, Will Smith, Sidney Poitier at Tyler's New Motion Picture and Television Studio

Oprah Joins Will, John and Sidney to Celebrate Tyler's Studio

Oprah Winfrey brought both Stedman Graham and Gayle King to the opening gala for Tyler Perry's new movie and TV studio in Atlanta on Saturday night. While Oprah is dealing with a defamation lawsuit from the former headmistress of her South African Girls school, it was the history-making event that had Oprah so emotional. Tyler is the first African-American to own his own studio and there were a few tears in the crowd as he took the stage to announce that he's named three sound-stages after the legendary actors Ruby Dee, Cecily Tyson and Sidney Poitier. Sidney was there to accept the honor, saying, "I spent 56 years making movies and this is the reward that I have that means the most to me." With a supportive crowd including Will Smith, John Legend and many others, it was truly an event worth celebrating.

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Images include: Eva Pigford, Lance Gross, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Tammy Franklin, Erica Reid, Patti Labelle, LA Reid, Sidney Poitier, Tyler Perry, Gelila Bekele, Star Jones, Will Smith, Stedman Graham, Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King

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