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Tyler Perry provided $50 Kroger gift cards to thousands of Atlanta residents.
Tyler Perry provided $50 Kroger gift cards to thousands of Atlanta residents.

Tyler Perry’s latest charitable act is giving cops 1,000 Kroger gift cards to hand out to Atlanta families in need.

The cards, worth $50 each, are being distributed through the Atlanta Police Department.

“This is about the community that I love, that I live and work in,” Perry said in a statement. “This is about good people who are in need of a hand up — not a hand out. This is about the good police officers who do their job well every day, some of which are my personal friends. This is about trying to bridge unity in a city that adopted me and held me up high enough to reach my own branch on the tree of success. I love Atlanta and its people!”

The Atlanta media mogul has previously paid for groceries at Kroger for seniors and gave out lavish tips to servers at his favorite Houston’s restaurant. He also paid for the funeral services of the 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, who was fatally shot earlier this month.

Atlanta Police Department cops handed out hundreds of $50 Kroger gift cards July 16 thanks to Tyler Perry.
Atlanta Police Department cops handed out hundreds of $50 Kroger gift cards July 16 thanks to Tyler Perry.

Credit: Special from Tyler P

Credit: Special from Tyler P

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MARRIED TO MEDICINE -- Pictured: (l-r) Simone Whitmore, Quad Webb Lunceford, Contessa Metcalfe -- (Photo by: Annette Brown)
MARRIED TO MEDICINE -- Pictured: (l-r) Simone Whitmore, Quad Webb Lunceford, Contessa Metcalfe -- (Photo by: Annette Brown)

Credit: Bravo

Credit: Bravo

Normally at this time of year, there would be at least 30 TV or film productions happening now in Georgia.

The pandemic put a kibosh on that four months ago, but some productions are getting back in gear, mostly independent films and reality shows.

The Georgia film office provides a list of active productions, and right now, there are 14.

Both Bravo shows “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (season 13) and “Married to Medicine” (season 8) are back., along with Lifetime’s “Little Women Atlanta” (season 6) and TLC’s “1,000 LB Sisters.” BYUTV’s scripted show “Dwight in Shining Armor” is returning for a new season.

Three independent films are underway: “Double Kidnapped,” “Home Safe” and “The Inheritance.”

The syndicated gossip show “Dish Nation,” which includes Porsha Williams, Da Brat and Headkrack, continues to shoot in Atlanta.

The only major film listed is “Black Adam,” which is a D.C. Comic anti-hero film with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached to it.

Tyler Perry’s two BET scripted shows “The Oval” and “Sistas” are currently shooting back to back, with the entire cast sequestered on his Tyler Perry Studios campus.

There is also a TV One movie “Don’t Waste Your Pretty” on the books, plus a reality show on History and Amazon Prime called “The One That Got Away” doing season two here. It features car lover Courtney Hansen, who gives car owners a chance to reunite with the ride that got away, including the vehicle someone had to sell when the owner fell on hard times.

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In this March 4, 2016 file photo, Sean Hannity of Fox News appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md.
In this March 4, 2016 file photo, Sean Hannity of Fox News appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md.

Credit: Carolyn Kaster

Credit: Carolyn Kaster

Talkers Magazine’s annual Heavy Hundred highlights the most significant radio talk show hosts, and Sean Hannity held on to the top spot, beating Rush Limbaugh.

Hannity’s close ties to Pres. Donald Trump pushed him to the top in 2018, and he has remained there. He also has a TV audience on Fox News in the evening as well. He is heard locally on WSB, along with Limbaugh.

Others in the top 10 include Dave Ramsey (#3), Mark Levin (#4), Brian Kilmeade (#5), Howard Stern (#7) and Glenn Beck (#10). Ramsey, Levin and Beck had been on 640/WGST-AM, which recently changed to Black Information Network, a syndicated Black news operation.

The top female host? Dana Loesch at No. 17.

The top minority hosts are the team of Charlemagne Da God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee at No. 20, called the Breakfast Club. The syndicated show is heard in Atlanta on 105.3/The Beat.

The top Atlanta-based talk show host? Consumer advocate Clark Howard at No. 56. Howard, heard in evenings in Atlanta on WSB, used to be in the top 30 a decade ago. He is followed by fellow WSB talker Erick Erickson, heard in late afternoons, at No. 60, who made the top 100 for the first time. Eric Von Haessler, who does late mornings on WSB, also landed in the top 100 for the first time at No. 88.

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