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Tyler Perry Shares Powerful Message About Diversity While Accepting Governors Award at Emmys 2020 - Watch Now!

Tyler Perry is the recipient of the Governors Award at the 2020 Emmy Award.

The 51-year-old director, producer, and writer took to the stage during the virtual ceremony on Sunday (September 2) to accept the honor.

In his acceptance speech, Tyler shared a family story about his grandma giving him a quilt, that had a major significance in his life.

“When I was about 19 years old, I left home and my grandmother, she gave me a quilt that she had made,” Tyler recalled. “And this quilt was something I didn’t really care for. It had all these different colors and these different patches in it. And I was quite embarrassed by it. I had no value in it at all.”

Years later at an antique store, Tyler came across a similar quilt. The salesperson then told him a story about the quilt, which came from a freed slave woman.

“I became so embarrassed,” Tyler admitted. “Here I was, a person who prides myself on celebrating our heritage, our culture, and I didn’t even recognize the value in my grandmother’s quilt. I dismissed her work and her story because it didn’t look like what I thought it should. Now, whether we know it or not, we are all sewing our own quilts with our thoughts, our behaviors, our experiences, and our memories.”

Tyler continued, “I stand here tonight to say thank you to all of the people who are celebrating and know the value of every patch, and every story, and every color that makes up this quilt that is our business, this quilt that is our lives, this quilt that is America.”

“Because in my grandmother’s quilt, there are no patches that represented Black people on television,” Tyler concluded his speech. “But in my quilt, her grandson is being celebrated by the Television Academy. I thank you for this. God bless you.”

You can check out the full list of 2020 Emmy winners here.

Tyler Perry Is 'Hollywood's Newest Billionaire,' According to Forbes

Tyler Perry is a billionaire!

The 51-year-old entertainer was named “Hollywood’s newest billionaire” by Forbes in a feature on Tuesday (September 1).

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Here’s how it breaks down: “[Tyler Perry] owns the entirety of his creative output, including more than 1,200 episodes of television, 22 feature films and at least two dozen stage plays, as well as a 330-acre studio lot at the edge of Atlanta’s southern limits. He used that control to leverage a deal with ViacomCBS that pays him $150 million a year for new content and gives him an equity stake in BET+, the streaming service it debuted last September,” the outlet reported.

Forbes estimates Perry has earned more than $1.4 billion in pretax income since 2005, which he used to buy homes in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as well as two planes. Quite a lifestyle for a once-homeless playwright raised in poverty in New Orleans. Today, Forbes estimates his net worth at $1 billion, with a clear path to future membership in The Forbes 400.”

“I love when people say you come from ‘humble beginnings.’ [It] means you were poor as hell. Ownership changes everything,” Tyler said.

“You got to understand, I had no mentors. My father doesn’t know anything about business, and my uncles and mother, they know nothing about this. I didn’t go to business school. Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned in progress.”

Find out which woman is Hollywood’s highest earner!

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Tyler Perry to Receive Governors Award at Emmy Awards 2020!

Tyler Perry will be awarded the 2020 Governors Award from the Television Academy at the 2020 Emmy Awards!

The 50-year-old mogul and his company, The Perry Foundation, are receiving the award for “achievements in television and his organization’s commitment to offering opportunities to marginalized communities through its programs of inclusion, engagement, employment and other philanthropic initiatives.”

Tyler Perry has changed the face of television and inspired a new generation of content creators. He pioneered a new brand of storytelling that engages people of color both in front of and behind the camera, and his shows have resonated with a global audience,” Governors Award selection committee Chair Eva Basler said in a statement (via IndieWire).

Congrats to Tyler!

The 2020 Emmy Awards will take place virtually on September 20 and you can check out the full list of nominees right here.

Tyler Perry Will Reportedly Be Paying For Rayshad Brooks' Funeral

Tyler Perry has offered to pay for the for the funeral expenses for Rayshad Brooks, according to a report.

Rayshad sadly lost his life over the weekend after police found him asleep in his car at a Wendy’s drive-thru. A video from the incident showed an officer shooting him in the back as he ran after taking a sobriety test.

Tyler, according to People, has offered to pay for expenses as well as his children’s college fund.

Chris Stewart, the family’s attorney, spoke in a press conference and thanked Tyler, who “we spoke with who will be taking care of the funeral for the family.”

He added, “Support like that, people who are actually in the community that love the community that want healing, and families like this should never have to go through something like this. It’s a step forward, and we want to thank him.”

Rayshad leaves behind his wife, , and four children: Dream, 1; Memory, 2; Blessing, 8; and Mekai, 13.

Tyler followed in the footsteps of this boxer, who offered to pay for George Floyd‘s funeral.

Tyler Perry Calls for the End of Violent Protests in Wake of George Floyd's Death

Tyler Perry is weighing in on the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd.

The 50-year-old filmmaker took to his social media accounts to call for an end of the violent protests that are currently going on around the country, saying he stands with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for calling for an end to the violence.

“I’m not in Atlanta, but if I were I would have been standing with our Mayor! But there was nothing I could say better than what Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said last night! Please, please stop this violence!! Looting is NOT THE ANSWER!!!!” Tyler wrote.

“And listen to me, be careful where you are getting your information to JOIN protests!!” Tyler continued. “There are people and other countries who are posting things pretending to be US, pretending to stand for peaceful protest, but they are trying to incite us into violence and chaos to try and do more harm!! Do not fall for this foolishness!!! Please stop the violence!”

If you missed it, Jimmy Kimmel gave an emotional monologue about George Floyd and the rioting in Minneapolis.

Tyler Perry Sells His Atlanta Mansion for $15 Million to Another Big Star!

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These 2 TV Shows Will Film This Summer Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Two television shows are set to film this summer as mass shutdowns are still in place across America.

Tyler Perry Studios will open up to begin filming BET’s Sistas and The Oval.

Sistas will begin filming on July 8 for two-and-a-half weeks, with The Oval beginning their similar-length shoot on July 28.

Tyler Perry is “doing everything by the book,” a source tells Variety. He will reportedly fly the cast in his private plane from both Los Angeles and New York, where he will have them tested for Coronavirus before boarding. The crew is largely Atlanta-based, but they are taking precautions. Upon the cast and crew all arriving in Atlanta, they will be tested again and cleared to work when results are in.

Find out more about how COVID-19 is impacting Hollywood.