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Tyler Perry’s Digital Website

Screenshot 2016-04-29 16.06.08In this first picture, you can see the many different characters that stars in many of his shows and plays. This picture shows what it is all about about, the drama, the hurt, pain, hardships but also the glory and comedic relief that it provides to the audience.

Screenshot 2016-04-29 15.58.28 Here is an image of Tyler Perry alongside his biography of his life and all of his accomplishments. He tells  the stories of how he became who he is despite who he was and encourages others that they too can do the same with the proper help with the lord above. He introduces himself and tells of where his inspiration came from. In this picture, he expresses a face of seriousness, instead of the humorous expressions he is known to have.


Screenshot 2016-04-29 16.00.08 In this clip, there are images of his studio which was opened up in the year of 2008. On the website, it gives a tour of his Atlanta studio where he records his shows, it comprises of of five sound stages, a post production facility, a pond, a back lot, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room.

Screenshot 2016-04-29 16.01.04 In this photo, he is pictured pointing with the paper at the screen, reading off “we want you, come join us!” He is looking directly into the camera, as  if he is speaking to someone. His smile shows his passion. There are several links on the website that provides information on auditions and joining his cast. His website gives everyone a chance to audition and be apart of this christian based family who helps reach and change peoples lives. Screenshot 2016-04-29 16.01.20On this page, he states how he enjoys reading what the fans have to say, he loves their ideas for his shows and he takes inconsideration their input. He calls it his inspirational corner where he interacts with his fans and let them know that he will never forget about them and how he is the man he is because of their support.

Tyler Perry has an open platform for Christian actors and his website is like a welcome to those who wants to come along and join his cast. He is the creator of many plays, his first one being “I Can Bad All By Myself”. He eventually branched out into films, with the character everyone knows so well “Madea”. His website showcases a sense of seriousness about sensitive topics but it also brings in the humor. The website is themed in darker colors, serious faces alongside cheerful ones which is an expression of the content that he brings to his shows.

The pictures that are posted on the website showcases his personality and interaction with his cast. Which in my opinion, allows future cast mates to see that is not all about work but about building a family of fun laughter and hard work and most importantly glorifying God despite their own troubles and the ones they create in characters.

I have been a fan of Tyler Perry for years now. When he first started his shows were centered on the black woman and their struggles, which created a platform for black women and an audience of the black community.  Now you can find actors of all races in his films which I think is great. It started out a platform to reflect the trials in the black community within the black families and now it showcases that we all need Christ and we all can serve him together.

Perry opened up his studio in Atlanta which was previously the Delta Airlines campus. This is where he produces and films his shows as well as entertaining and hosting events.

His website features a biography that discusses where and how he grew up and where all of his inspiration comes from, from being homeless, poor and abused. It goes in to detail of his life story and how he became who he is and why he does what he does, providing home based humor in all of life’s circumstances. He has been an advocate and great supporter of the NAACP and has been giving back to all those who has helped him achieve his success this far.

Tyler Perry’s website is featured with many serious faces, yet delightful fun spirited characters as well.

The website gives off a classic vibe with him tailored in a nice suit, and colors of black and white, this to me shows that even though he is full comedy, he also has a business side that allows him to be serious and the true business man that he is.

Built Environment Description


Chattahoochee Coffee Company


Here is a sign that is posted at every entrance of the Coffee Shop. It sets the tone of who and what is allowed on the premises. Although you may sit shirtless or in a bikini on the river, you can not enter into the shop without following the proper dress code. It is open to public, as long as you abide by their standards.


Although there are two locations to the Chattahoochee Coffee Company, this one lies inside an apartment community, so because it us open to the public, it would only make sense to make the environment advertising to bring in more residents. Pictured here is the order counter, menu and an apartment guide board advertising the area and providing historic information on the Coffee Company. As you can see the coffee shop leads to the leasing office.


The environment was very welcoming here. There was even music that gave off a getaway vibe. I heard one lady describe it as a “coffee retreat” lol  As you can see, I decided to take a sit in, after being welcomed in by the smell of sweet mocha 🙂 I decided to enjoy a peach apricot pear smoothie. By the way, it was incredibly smooth and delicious. I know, I know, its a coffee company, why not enjoy some coffee, but this day in particular was sort of warm, and the smoothie menu was quite irresistible.

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Pictured here are the three restrooms accessible to the public. I particularly wanted to see what kind of restrooms that they would have available. This is something that I very rarely pay attention to at all. I did notice that they had a men’s and women’s restroom and also a unisex bathroom (family restroom as we would call it) Given today’s society, Im sure this would make everyone feel comfortable being able to have access to whichever restroom the desire


As I sat here, I observed a different variety of people enter, order, mingle and leave. The environment was very welcoming and the baristas were very pleasant. In this picture you can see a few people who decided to come in on this beautiful day.I witnessed everyone chatting amongst themselves. I honestly have to say that with all of the media attention on racial issues, it was quite refreshing to see people of different backgrounds mixing and mingling, sitting having coffee and enjoying each other’s company. Sorry I didn’t zoom in, I didnt want to look too creepy lol.


As you look around in these picture you can see the modern touch that the place has. It was designed to provide comfort for all people, whether you came to sit alone and enjoy some quite alone time with a cup of coffee, or whether you came in for a group meeting or even social hour. There was just enough spacing between the seats for privacy. There is an open glass view around the entire coffee shop, I am assuming, its purpose was to allow you be able to see the calming river view, and to provide sunlight so that you can still feel like you are outside somewhat, and hey I am reaching far by saying this, but possibly allowing the sunlight to enter so that you wont fall asleep in the coffee shop (those who came to do homework, studying and such like the guy pictured here) By the way, the vaulted ceilings were beautiful, it created a dimensional and open effect, reminded me of a cabin.

Although this was a interior project, I could not just show you the Coffee Shop, but what was most appealing to me and all of my senses was the River view. From the outside, you can smell the roasting of the coffee beans that the wind wafted through your nose. On the outside you can see how close you can actually get to the river. the sound of the water was serene. This place really provided me a place of peace and comfort. Pictured here are a few different people, who came out to enjoy our first few days of warmth by reading books, listening to music, bringing their newly walking babies out for a walk and so much more. I even saw ducks, how cool huh.


Chattahoochee Coffee Company has two locations in Atlanta and one is located off of Akers Mill Road in the Walton Community Apartments which are beautiful, freshly renovated apartments. It is a gated community that you must dial into to gain access, which I personally did not mind at all. Although this place is open to the public Monday through Friday, it is closed and privately caters to residents on the weekends. When I say this place made me want to give up my house and get a lease on an apartment, I mean it. It is kind of tucked away, I have lived in this area for over a year now and without this project I would have never found this little serene place.

It is in the midst of the freshly apartments, so you just kind of blend in with the residents once you are out of your car. Before I got there, I did a little research while trying to find the address, many people who left reviews did say that it was a little difficult to access due to GPS not being able to find it easily, which I agree. But once I got there I didn’t mind having to search for it.

The coffee shop was surrounded by green pasture, the calming Chattahoochee River, bare trees and friendly faces who seem to be at peace, and I can guarantee the environment and coffee had a lot to do with it. By the way, the coffee smell from the outside was superb. I sat outside before entering, and there I found ducks quacking, people reading alongside the river sipping coffee and families taking walks. There was a mix of people in the environment, mostly middle class, that made me feel very welcome. Many people I saw were dressed in business like clothes, obviously on the go, just making a stop to their favorite coffee shop.

On the inside, there were exciting colors, like orange chairs, tiled floor, and even open river view glass walls that brought a modern look which is different from a boring quiet coffee house that you’re prone to falling asleep in. As I mentioned earlier, this coffee house was very well built with relaxation and peace in mind. Also they had the best smoothies ever, and I’m sure their coffee is even more delightful.


Eastlake Neighborhood Golf Club


This is the entrance to the East Lake Golf Club which sits back away from the road. This entrance is gated and only allows members access. Through research I found out that membership is by invitation only through corporations, and there is no individual memberships available. The entrance is very subtle and private, leaving no mistakes to wander in.



As I wandered alongside the gates, I found two Caucasian older gentlemen playing golf. The course is very private so me hanging around probably arouse suspicion. Walking around I did not feel as if I belonged. The guys, on the other hand seem to be enjoying themselves in this windy, chill relaxed environment.


Here is just a brief video clip of the golf course and the scenery it provides. In this clip, there is no sound. The only thing you can here is the wind rustling in the camera’s speaker piece. It was very quiet out which contributes to a very peaceful environment tucked away from the rest of the neighborhood. The only thing to listen to is the birds soaring across the sky and the squirrels ruffling in the trees above.


In this picture you can see the Golf Club house sitting upon a hill towards the back. It kind of gives a country feel with the trees blocking the view. The colors also contributes to the country atmosphere with the brown, forest green bushes and bare trees in the distance. It definitely is the highlight of the East Lake neighborhood.

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In these last photos, and every photo previously you can see how excluded the Golf Course is from the rest of the neighborhood. Fences surround the entire course. The area surrounding this is very closed in and private, the fences seem to provide more purpose than keeping the golfers balls from wandering outside the perimeters but it ensure no loitering or mistaken wandering access. The grass is very well kept, trimmed to perfection.

Description of East Lake Neighborhood (Golf Course)

As I observed the Golf course and its surroundings. I could really understand how it would be the highlight of the neighborhood. It is the oldest golf course of Atlanta, established in the beginning of 1904. It is in the East part of downtown Atlanta in East Lake neighborhood. It is a very well kept club house surrounded by nicely remodeled houses. Although the grass is not the greenest at this time of year, it creates a country feel with crisp cold breeze in the air with the smell of fresh cut grass.

The golf course sits away from the road with a gated entrance way leading to the club house that sits at the top of a hill being seen from the road but unfortunately not accessible unless you have a membership, which is by invitation only. It seems to only be useful to the elite class of people being that there only seemed to be older white guys playing golf on a Sunday afternoon.

From the look of the neighborhood, this golf course is not intended for regular individuals as myself, so walking around viewing the scenery made me feel out of place even though I was not in a place of danger. I received awkward stares that made me want to hurry and leave, but that’s when I realized that this is what I was here for: to find the exclusions where we think there are none.

As I got ready to leave the course, I realized how once I left the vicinity of the golf course, there were several black children and adults with their children at the nearby park that wasn’t as well kept. Although they seem to be having quite some fun. The park wasn’t the worst but it seemed to be in different world than the golf club, though it was barley around the corner. The benches were rusted with paint wearing away, and knocked over trash cans and such. The environment took a complete turn that I did not expect.

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