Tyler Perry's career trajectory embodies the term "rags to riches," having come out of homelessness to create a multi-million dollar empire where he fosters opportunities for others — especially those who look like him.
The film and television juggernaut was recognized for these contributions and then some with one of the greatest honors in Hollywood: his very own star on the famous Walk of Fame.
During the ceremony, Perry, whose entire catalog is available on the BET+ streaming service, was joined by actors he formerly directed throughout his career including Kerry Washington, Idris Elba and Crystal Fox, who all sang his praises before he delivered his epic speech.
When getting to the podium, he declared that this major accomplishment is meant to serve as a source of inspiration for those "whose dreams may be on life support."
"I want you to walk past this star in particular and know that I've been there," he said. "I've been struggling, I've been out, broke, homeless. I've been through all of those things, but there was a perseverance, a tremendous faith in God, and this hope that allowed me to keep going."
He added that he hopes those walking past his star will feel seen and can take at least a few things away when they see his name.
"So, if you're looking at all of these stars," he added. "I'm sure everybody has a story here who's been immortalized here, but this one in particular is for the underdogs. This one in particular is for the ones who want to do it their way. This one in particular is for those who want to bring as many people through the door with them as they can."
Congratulations on this major feat, Tyler Perry! It is very much deserved.
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