With the magic of internet, I got hold of this speech by Tyler Perry that talked mainly of knowing your intentions in inspiring the graduates of Tuskegees.

The internet, being one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century, led me to one of the greatest speeches I’ve ever heard. Because of the real substance that it talks about, it is more than worth sharing.

I have known Tyler Perry from when I was in college. One of my favourite past times is to watch a movie. Not for entertainment alone but stories fascinate me. Stories that touch my heart. Stories that I can relate to. And most of all, how a writer crafts everything together leaves me in awe each time. I thought when I saw the movie, “The Diary of a Mad Black Woman” by the stalls, Tyler Perry got me hooked from there. It was his first film released in 2005.


And then there’s the real side of him behind the humour, the script and the make up. He gives a speech to the 2016 graduates of the Annual Spring Commencement of the Tuskegee University in Alabama. It is a private, historically black university established by Booker T. Washington. To my surprise, it shares the same mascot as to my university (University of Santo Tomas, in the Philippines): the Golden Tigers.

At the RISE ad-tech conference I attended early this year, there was a debate about whether education was necessary to reach success. Both women were huge in their businesses. And this answers both of them. It may not be necessary to own a lot of diplomas to reach success but it could better your path in reaching success. It provides basic knowledge so that you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Respect to this playwright, actor, director, producer, songwriter and philanthropist. He is not afraid to tell the realities in life through his writing and filming. How magnificent is the internet for me to get hold of this meaningful speech. Share away if you must!



I have a deep regard for your time. It's when I write and cook that time becomes non-existent. I love learning and while you think I am the kind of lady who has a lot of things to say, just take it that I was sharing what I had learned with full impact over a cup of Joe.

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