Tyler Perry honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 01: Tyler Perry attends his being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 01, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

American actor, playwright, filmmaker, and comedian, Tyler Perry, was today honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame.

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.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 01: Tyler Perry and Kerry Washington attend Tyler Perry being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 01, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 01: Tyler Perry and Kerry Washington attend Tyler Perry being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 01, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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.”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 01: Tyler Perry and Kerry Washington attend Tyler Perry being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 01, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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.”

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