Over the past few weeks, local radio stations here in the greater Detroit area have been advertising the upcoming Detroit Women’s Empowerment Expo 2014. This event is supposed to cover women’s health, entrepreneurship, marriage, and a lot of other topics that concern women. As I listen to the commercial, the one thing that doesn’t seem quite right is the fact that Tyler Perry is supposed to be the keynote speaker.
I have nothing against Tyler. He has one of the most inspirational stories you can ever imagine. In just a few years time he went from homeless to a major power house in Hollywood. I have no doubt that he has things to say that will leave the guests in attendance inspired. That’s fine.
What I don’t understand is why a man would be the main attraction at an event that’s supposed to be all about women. Tyler Perry can’t tell us about the discrimination he faced being a woman or how many doors were slammed in his face because he wasn’t taken seriously because of his gender. What does he know about women’s health or sisterhood for that matter? What advice can he give a woman when he hasn’t walked in our shoes?
There are a lot of women out there who have stories just as inspirational. They could have chosen Melody Hobson, Judy Smith, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah, etc… These women have their own success stories to tell and would have been more suitable for an event that’s supposed to cater women and be about women.
My reasoning for the event organizer’s inclusion of a male figure tied to this event is possible name recognition. Who doesn’t know Tyler Perry and his name is likely to sale more tickets. I just wished they’d taken the time to do some thinking before they reached that conclusion.