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4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620                                                                                                                       813-974-1001                                                                                                                                              


                                                                                                                                                                             MEDIA RELEASE
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TAMPA, Fla., (Feb. 3, 2015) - Internationally respected actor, director, author and song/screen writer Tyler Perry will conduct an innovative talk on Saturday November 14, about race relations. The hour-long event is free and is open to the public beginning at 8:30 p.m.


Hosted by the Center for Student Involvement team at University of South Florida, the event will be held at the USF Sun Dome and parking will cost $5 for those without a USF student or employee parking pass.


Perry will talk for an hour and close his lecture by reading an explicit from a Book: I know why the caged bird sings, a 1969 autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. Audience members will have a chance to ask Perry questions during the 30-minute Q&A that will conclude the lecture.


Because an expected overflow crowd is expected attendees must RSVP online at and bring a confirmation hardcopy printout to the door.


USF President Judy Genshaft believes to have internationally recognized Mr. Perry back on USF home soil for the second time, which he last visited in November last year, is a huge opportunity for USF students.


As “Students can gain a lot of insight from the important topics he has illustrated throughout his works and life,” she said.


Attendees can benefit greatly from this lecture about race relations and gain knowledge about the topic. The evening will also includes tips about ‘how to act on the big screen’ and how to grow as an actor.


Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment and it has been reported that he earned upwards of $130 million that year







About USF:

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, these System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.



Note to Editors and Reporters:

Perry will answer questions from the crowd for thirty minutes after the lecture and photos during the lecture will be permitted.


Reporters must reserve interviews at least 24 hours in advance of the event, for media assets contact myself, Carina Mirabile for interview reservations at USF CSI on 813-000-291 or by email at

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