( 📸: Biography.com )
“Thousands of people come through the gate every day to work here. And it’s a beautiful thing. A lot of them are former prisoners who wouldn’t have had this shot.”
Since 2019, Tyler has created a slew of films and shows that showcase the truer meaning of black excellence. The Madea star conducted a church service and gospel brunch during its grand opening. The service took place at a replica church of the sanctuary featured in “The Color Purple.” The Clark Sisters and a gospel choir let their voices be heard. Meanwhile, Bishop T.D. Jakes gave the crowd a sermon.
Gospel music artists like Bebe and Cece Winans, David and Tamela Mann, Pastor John Grey, and Kirk Franklin came to show their support. Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Z, Beyonce, and Patti Labelle were in attendance as well.