Tyler Perry Funds Thanksgiving Food Giveaway For 5,000 Atlanta Families


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Thousands of families picked up free Thanksgiving food and $25 gift cards in Atlanta Sunday thanks to donations from director and producer Tyler Perry.

Key Facts

The line of cars to pick up the boxes of food stretched for miles, AP reported, with some drivers even lining up the day before to ensure they would take food home.

Tyler Perry Studios said in a release it stocked up on enough food and gift cards for 5,000 families; by 10 a.m. Sunday, they’d run out, AP reported.

Fox 5 Atlanta reported Sunday that the long lines had resulted in traffic jams across southeast Atlanta.

The food pick up was drive-thru only, and both volunteers and people picking up food were required to wear masks, according to a flyer from the event.

Key Background

After growing up in poverty in New Orleans, Perry’s built a billion-dollar fortune in a decades-long career in entertainment marked by smart business decisions. Perry has under his belt 1,200 television episodes, 22 feature films and at least 24 stage plays, all of which he owns entirely.

Further Reading

Cars line up for miles for Tyler Perry Atlanta food giveaway (Associated Press)

From “Poor As Hell” To Billionaire: How Tyler Perry Changed Show Business Forever (Forbes)





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AFL news: Amanda Anisimova, Tyler Roos Instagram post, son of Paul Roos


Tyler Roos, the son of Australian football legend Paul Roos, has confirmed he is dating American tennis sensation Amanda Anisimova.

The pair have made it Instagram official in recent weeks, posting images of themselves together.

Nineteen-year-old Anisimova has been spending time with Tyler in the United States as she prepares for the return of the 2021 WTA Tour in Australia next year.

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Amanda Anisimova, Tyler Roos Instagram post, son of Paul Roos, AFL


Tyler Roos, the son of Australian football legend Paul Roos, has confirmed he is dating American tennis sensation Amanda Anisimova.

The pair have made it Instagram official in recent weeks, posting images of themselves together.

Nineteen-year-old Anisimova has been spending time with Tyler in the United States as she prepares for the return of the 2021 WTA Tour in Australia next year.

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The teenage sensation last year signed one of the richest deals reportedly ever offered by Nike as the sporting apparel giant went all in on the world No. 30.

The long-term endorsement deal with Nike, which was reported to be similar to the $102 million mega deal signed by Maria Sharapova, saw Anisimova compared to tennis icon Anna Kournikova.

Anisimova has been travelling with Tyler in recent months and shared their journey on social media.

A video of the pair posted on Tyler’s Instagram stories showed them partying on a boat with friends.

Former Melbourne Demons and Sydney Swans coach Paul even commented on a photo from October which showed the couple snuggled up on the beach together.

Tyler, a former footy player in Melbourne, remains a part-time model through Brazen Models in Melbourne.

He also featured in the 2019 edition of The Amazing Race on Channel 10 where he was partnered with Tom Wilkinson.

Anisimova has endured a turbulent year as a result of COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the tennis world.

The teenager has also been trying to continue with her life despite the tragic passing of her father in 2019.

Her father and former coach, Konstantin Anisimova, passed away suddenly of a reported heart attack in August last year at 52, just one week before her 18th birthday.

“It was the worst thing that ever happened to me,” Anisimova told The New York Post of her dad’s death.

“It was very tough.”

Things are looking much better for her heading into 2021.



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Emmys recap: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweeps all comedy categories, Zendaya makes history, Tyler Perry is honored


Like everything else in 2020, the Emmy Awards was like no other year.

The Emmys started off with a bang with an unprecedented sweep by “Schitt’s Creek.” The show, which ended its six-season run this year, made history by becoming the first comedy series to sweep all the comedy categories.

And the Emmys made history again when, toward the end of the show, 24-year-old Zendaya became the youngest person to win outstanding actress in a drama series.

Here is how the Emmys unfolded. Latest news on top.

Zendaya makes history

Zendaya, 24, made history when she became the youngest person to win outstanding actress in a drama series for her role in “Euphoria.”

Tyler Perry gives memorable Governors Award speech

Movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry, the recipient of this year’s Governors Award, accepted his Emmy with a story-turned-metaphor about a homemade quilt his grandmother once gave him.

Perry later saw a similar quilt in an antique store. The salesman told him the quilt was made by a former slave who added each patch of the quilt to represent a part of her life.

Perry said the story made him so “embarrassed” about his grandmother’s quilt that he brushed off the significance of the gift.

“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,” Perry said. “I dismissed her work and her story because it didn’t look like what I thought it should.”

“We are all sewing our own quilts with our thoughts, our behavior, our experiences and our memories,” he said.

Perry noted how he now owns land that once was a Confederate Army base. Now, “on that very land, black people, white people, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, ex-cons, Latin, Asian, all of us come together working,” he said, “to add patches to a quilt that is as diverse as it can be.”

Nominee Jennifer Aniston reunites with her ‘Friends’

Jennifer Aniston, up for lead actress in a drama for “The Morning Show,” had some old “Friends” over on her big night — her “Friends” co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.

Cox and Aniston joked that the two live together and have been roommates since 1994.

‘Black stories, Black performances and Black lives matter’

Anthony Anderson, who was nominated for lead actor in “Black-ish,” appeared in-person from the Staples Center. He told Jimmy Kimmel, “I’m still rooting for everybody Black because Black stories, Black performances and Black lives matter.”

Anderson led Kimmel in a chant of “Black lives matter,” telling the Emmys host to say it loud enough so Vice President “Mike Pence can hear it.”

Mark Ruffalo delivers rousing speech: ‘Make a plan and vote for love and compassion’

Mark Ruffalo delivered a powerful speech during his win for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie.

“How are we going to deal and honor and take care of each other and our most vulnerable people? And we do that with love and we do that with compassion and we do that by fighting for them,” Ruffalo said to the camera. “If you have privilege, you have to fight for those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable. And that’s what’s great about America — our diversity.”

“We are stronger together when we love each other and we respect each other’s diversity,” Ruffalo said. “Are we gonna be a country of division, hated and a country only for a certain kind of people? Or are we gonna be one of love and strength and fighting for those– for all of us?”

“All of us have an American dream and the pursuit of life, and liberty, love and happiness in this great country of ours,” he said.

He urged viewers, “get out right now — make a plan and vote for love and compassion and kindness.”

Regina King, who won for lead actress in a limited series or movie, ended her speech with a similar message.

“Have a voting plan,” said King, wearing a shirt honoring slain Black woman Breonna Taylor. “Go to Ballotpedia.com, vote up the ballot.”

“Be a good human,” King said, adding, “rest in power, RBG.”

King wasn’t the only star to send a sartorial message. Emmy winners Uzo Aduba and Damon Lindelof also wore statement-making t-shirts, as did presenter Sterling K. Brown.

‘Schitt’s Creek’ wins every comedy award

“Schitt’s Creek,” which ended its six-season run this year, made history by becoming the first comedy series to sweep all the comedy categories, according to a Television Academy representative.

“Schitt’s Creek” took home the Emmys for outstanding comedy, best actor, best actress, outstanding writing for a comedy series, outstanding directing for a comedy series, best supporting actor and best supporting actress.

“Schitt’s Creek”‘s Dan Levy, who won for writing, directing and supporting actor, in his acceptance speech for best comedy urged people to register to vote and then cast their ballot — “because that is the only way that we are going to have some love and acceptance out there,” he said.

His father and “Schitt’s Creek” costar Eugene Levy, who won the best actor award, then praised his son. Dan Levy “took our fish-out-of-water story about the Rose family and transformed it into a celebration of inclusivity, a castigation of homophobia and a declaration of the power of love,” he said.

‘Television is there for you’

The Emmys this year “took a page from baseball,” Kimmel said, and “filled the seats with cardboard cutouts of the nominees.”

As COVID-19 confined everyone to their homes this year, TV became the pal we all needed, Kimmel noted in his monologue.

Television is your “big brother, sister’s sister, your momma’s family, your two dads, your three sons,” he said. “Through the good times and the ‘Breaking Bads’ … television is there for you.”



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