Tyler Perry Says Jewish Allies Helped Grow His Studio, Which Hires 'More Black People Than Most Businesses In Hollywood'
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Tyler Perry Says Jewish Allies Helped Grow His Studio, Which Hires 'More Black People Than Most Businesses In Hollywood'

Over the past few weeks, conversations around antisemitism are continuing to trend — predominately stemming from Kanye West’s comments and behavior. 

Specifically, West and Shaquille O’Neal had their own encounter online, as previously reported by AfroTech. After the rapper called Shaq out for being in business with Jamie Salter, who is Jewish, the NBA legend had a quick response.

Tyler Perry Interrupts Controversy With Positivity

While there have been heated moments amid the controversy revolving around antisemitism, Tyler Perry has stepped in to share a personal story that’s rooted in positivity. 

In an anti-hate Instagram post, the entertainment mogul wrote about his mom’s experience of working at a Jewish Community Center Nursery School.

In the post, Perry recalls his mother coming home after there was a bomb threat to the school. He said she was “horrified” at the time, as it reminded her of the pain of the bombing of a church in Alabama — where three Black girls passed away.

His Upbringing

Through her experience of working closely with the Jewish community, Perry’s mother instilled knowledge of their history and culture into his upbringing.

“My mother made sure that I knew the commonality of what black people and Jewish people have endured – she not only taught me about slavery but she also taught me about the Holocaust. But in teaching me about all our common pains she also taught me about the allies that Jewish people have been for black people,” he wrote in the post’s caption. 

 

"No One Makes It Alone"

He continued: “I can fill this post with so many examples including my own allies that I work with today who have helped me grow a business that has allowed me to hire more black people than most businesses in Hollywood. No one makes it alone.”

Having such allies has created numerous opportunities for Black actors and actresses and helped Perry achieve his success.

As previously shared by AfroTech, the mogul has gone from being homeless to accumulating a $1 billion fortune.