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First Look At LHHNY’s Erica Jean And Saigon On “Iyanla: Fix My Life”

April 17th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Erica Jean And Saigon On "Iyanla: Fix My Life"


Three months ago we covered an update on Erica Jean and Saigon’s relationship post-”Love and Hip-Hop New York.” As we saw on the VH1 reality show, the couple had a tumultuous relationship. Instead of allowing their drama to infiltrate co-parenting their son, Brian, the couple enlisted the help Iyanla Vanzant. Both Erica Jean and Saigon will appear in the premiere of  OWN’s newest season of”Fix My Life” May 10.  In the preview Saigon notes:

“Ya’ll know I couldn’t let the story end like that. Check out both sides of the story on ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life.’ This show isn’t about yelling and screaming. It’s about the facts.”

Saigon seemed especially excited to meet with the 60-year-old life coach to resolve the issues he has with Erica Jean. Their episode will debut on May 10 at 9 p.m. est.

Check out the clip of Erica Jean And Saigon On “Iyanla: Fix My Life” below. Will you be tuning in?

Nia Long Says As A Single Mom, It’s Important To Introduce Your Kids To A Guy You Date “Kinda Early”

March 7th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you yesterday that Nia Long nabbed the cover of the new issue of Essence as the stunning star promotes her new film, The Single Moms Club, which is the new Tyler Perry project. To talk about the realities of being a single mom, Long has been chatting with Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah on Oprah’s Lifeclass and they’ve discussed a little bit of everything. On Part II of their sit-down, which airs tonight on OWN, they talk about single mothers navigating the dating world. Long had a very interesting story to tell about a first date she went on, and talks about the awkward moment at the beginning of that date that helped her realize it’s not a bad idea to introduce your child to a prospective partner early.

“I actually do have a funny story. My son was a bout two. I had just broken up with his dad and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to go out and I am going to reclaim my sexy!’ This gentleman came and I said, let’s do a group date. I didn’t want to do a one-on-one thing. Let’s do a group date. So I called my sister and I said, ‘You’re going on my first date with me.’ I was living in New York at the time. We walk out of the apartment, he’s in this big truck like a Suburban, but it was a driver and a car. And I was like, ‘Oh he’s fancy.’ We get in the car and my 2-year-old goes, ‘My daddy has a big ol’ blue truck and it’s faster than this one!’ I just went ‘Oh my goodness.’ So they know. They know. Even when you try to hide it, when you try to pretend like, ‘This is just mommy’s friend’ they know. That guy didn’t last so him and his truck went bye bye, but what it did teach me was to introduce kind of early.”

Of course, Long will go in depth about why she thinks this is necessary on tonight’s episode of Life Class (airing at 9/8c). But check out the clip of her talking about this date and let us know what approach you would take when it comes to dating as a single mother, and when you think it’s best to introduce your children to the men you are getting to know on a romantic level.

Tune in Friday night at 9/8c.

Iyanla Vanzant Talks Postpartum Depression And Attempting Suicide On “Super Soul Sunday”

February 10th, 2014 - By rcollier2
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Dang, who knew?!

Looks like Iyanla Vanzant needed someone to fix her.

On “Super Soul Sunday” on OWN, Vanzant sits down with her mentor, Oprah Winfrey, to talk about everything from her suicide attempt to the first time she saw God.

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Get Into It: Iyanla and Oprah Talk Colorism On Lifeclass

January 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When most of us think about colorism, the discrimination amongst people with varying skin tones in the same ethnic group, we think about the African American community specifically. But it really is a global issue. You’ll find colorism in Latino communities, Asian communities, etc. It’s not just us. And since it’s so prevalent and widespread, it’s only right that Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah address this issue. The two will be talking colorism on the upcoming episode of “Lifeclass,” which airs tonight, January 10 at 9pm on OWN.

The discussion will be supplemented by a live studio audience and viewers on social media who will speak about the impact colorism can have on a person’s self esteem. Tika Sumpter from “The Haves and Have Nots” will also Skype in to speak about her own childhood and how her parents helped build her self perception growing up as a dark skinned girl.

Check out clips from tonight’s show in the videos below.


First Look: Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant Address Colorism on Oprah’s Lifeclass

Oprah is joined by Iyanla Vanzant to discuss colorism—the prejudice people face based on skin color—and the impact it has on self-esteem.

Tune in Friday, January 10, at 9/8c.

Tune in tonight, January 10, at 9/8c.

The Doctor Is In: Iyanla Vanzant Offering Free 1-On-1 Advice

January 9th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Have you ever watched an episode of “Iyanla Fix My Life” and thought to yourself I wonder what Iyanla would have to say about my jacked up situation? What advice would she offer to me? Well, beloved, you might just get the answer to that question. Might. If you live anywhere near the D.C. area, Iyanla will be there for two three hour sessions (six hours total) offering free advice this Sunday, January 12.

In a new show called “Help Desk,” hosted by Gotham Chopra, Deepak Chopra’s son, as he sets up a little shop, similar to Lucy in the “Peanuts” comic strip, with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant. Iyanla will be available in Washington D.C.’s Union Station from 9:30 am to 12:30pm and then again from 2:15 – 5:15 pm. She’ll be answering questions about relationships, health and personal transformation.

Here’s the exact address:

Union Station, East Hall

50 Massachusetts Ave NE

Washington, DC 20002

For more information on “Help Desk” head over here.

Did Iyanla Vanzant Slut Shame A Rape Victim?

December 4th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Most of us, if not all love us some Iyanla Vanzant. Besides her many accolades, she is a free therapist for us all via her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) show, Fix My Life. Two weeks ago on the show, Iyanla counseled two sisters from San Antonio who had a deep rift between them. Their anger stemmed from traumatizing episodes during their teenage years.  As OWN reports:

Iyanla has traveled to San Antonio to meet two sisters in crisis, Barbara and Geneva. Barbara grew up affluently with her aunt and uncle. Geneva was raised by their mother in poverty. At 17, Barbara invited her younger sister to come live with her, but a rift formed between the sisters after Barbara learned Geneva was sleeping with Barbara’s boyfriend, who fathered two of Geneva’s four children. Now, Iyanla wants to get Geneva’s side of the story. Watch as she shares a family secret with Iyanla and opens up about what her sister taught her about being a woman.

During the clip, Geneva confesses to Vanzant that Barbara’s boyfriend would fondle her and coerce her into having sexual intercourse. Despite telling her sister about the rape, Geneva stated Barbara  did not believe her. As their sexual relationship progressed, the boyfriend would give gifts and money to Geneva. Unfortunately, during the clip  Vanzant did not believe Geneva had been assaulted, instead she told Geneva she was “h-eing”. Her claim on Geneva’s juxtaposition was based on the belief that Geneva accepted the money and gifts from the boyfriend. Vanzant asked: “Did her boyfriend give you money to lay up with him?” When Geneva said “yes,” Vanzant looked upon her disapprovingly.

Although Vanzant is filled with tough-love, her response to Geneva was surprising. Perhaps it was because Geneva became pregnant with her first child at 14 and had two children with Barbara’s boyfriend that Vanzant was disappointed, but her reaction was read as slut-shamming by many media outlets. It seemed to be implied that because of Geneva’s history she knew what she was doing with her sister’s boyfriend. But as we also know, your sexual history should never be an example of how people can treat you. The age of Barbara’s boyfriend was not revealed but he was older than Geneva when he began to have sex with her while she was 16 years old. Geneva also claims Barbara taught her how to be a woman by only dating men who could provide financially for her. Geneva’s history has not given her a healthy perception of relationships but she should not have been accused of “h-eing” especially if she was taught a certain type of behavior in order to survive her living environment.

Check out the Fix My Life clip below. Do you think Iyanla slut shamed Geneva?

A Woman Reveals Her Divisive Family Secret to Iyanla

Fixed Her Life: Iyanla Vanzant Reveals How She Left An Abusive Relationship

November 19th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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Each week on “Iyanla: Fix My Life” we watch Iyanla Vanzant help celebrities and everyday people overcome their personal struggles to live a better life. But, on an upcoming episode of the hit OWN series, we get a glimpse in the spiritual life coach’s personal story of survival.

In a new promo clip, Iyanla shares her experience of living through domestic violence with guest Janetria.

“After I got hit in my head with a bed slat, I woke up at three o’clock in the morning and something said to me, ‘If you don’t leave here now, he’s going to kill you,’” she said. “And I creeped out of the bed and I got a bag of clothes for each of my kids and one for me. And I left.”

“I had nowhere to go, I had no money to get there — I didn’t even care,” she continued. “But I had to be willing to lose everything to gain it all.”

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T.O. Says He Found Out His Childhood Neighbor Was His Estranged Dad After He Tried To Date His Sister

November 4th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you were out on the town enjoying your Saturday evening, you missed out on the season premiere of Iyanla: Fix My Life, which was a very emotional, if not heartbreaking episode with enough family secrets to make your relatives look like the Brady Bunch. 

Despite all the issues folks have with Terrell Owens, it’s clear that a lot of his past behavior and controversy has a lot to do with his childhood, which was NOT a good one. After his mother gave birth to him at 17 after being impregnated by a married man much older, Owens was sent to live with his grandmother, whom he says never told him, “I love you.” And if that wasn’t enough, T.O.’s father wasn’t present in his life. While speaking with Iyanla, Owens opened up about finally meeting his father after he started having a crush on one of the girls who lived across the street from his grandmother’s house. When the two seemed to be getting too close, the father of the house, LC Russell, intervened and told him that Owens couldn’t date his daughter because she was actually his sister–and Mr. Russell was HIS father. All this happened at the age of 11.

I think anybody that was watching probably had their jaw drop at such a revelation, and eventually, Iyanla was able to get father and son together to talk, and Owens let his dad know that his heart had been broken by his absence (especially since the man lived across the street with his wife and children, but wasn’t physically there for T.O.).

“I think everything that has happened to me…I’ve been a product of my environment. I knew I wasn’t happy inside, but I always played it off. I put a smile on my face when I knew I was hurting and I was sad inside.  Even in relationships that I had with women, I really didn’t know how to have a relationship with them. Those are things that I know I probably should have been taught as a kid and I never was. I guess the question I should have asked years ago was, ‘Why wasn’t I told?’ Why did it take me to have an interest in my sister, a liking to my sister, for me to know who my dad was?

For me to live across the street and know that you were my dad and know that on that side of the street you had kids, you had a wife. That was a family and I wasn’t apart of that. I couldn’t understand or wrap my brain around why I was across the street and wasn’t apart of that. My mom was elsewhere and I’m staying with my grandmother and I didn’t have a dad.”

His father, Mr. Russell, responded by saying that he just didn’t know the right time to open up to Owens:

“Sometimes waiting on the right time goes a little further than, you know waiting on that right time to tell you. That’s the way it came out. It could have been sooner. It should have been sooner.

I was married. I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. I would like to have taken him fishing or to ball games. I have two outside kids so I had to work two jobs. I worked two jobs for 19 years to take care of them.”

Iyanla went on to say that part of Owens’ struggles to be there for his four children is because of the betrayal he dealt with as a child and not knowing Mr. Russell in his life. During the follow-up at the end of the episode, Owens said that he has been more in communication with his kids and is focused on building a career outside of football, and he’s also trying to build some kind of relationship with his estranged father. Really sad stuff folks…

Check out T.O.’s confrontation with his dad and his mother as he talks about making such a terrible discovery about his parents as a kid on the next page, and share your thoughts below.

Iyanla’s Got A Man At Home, Dishes About Her Boo On Wendy Williams

November 1st, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Apparently, this is the season for seasoned women. First, we told you about Tina Knowles’ date Richard Lawson and now Iyanla, who’s making rounds promoting her new season of “Iyanla Fix My Life,” appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” to catch up and spill some tea.

After Wendy talked about the celebrities she’s helped and the celebrities who could use some help, Wendy got all up in her business as she’s known to do. She asked her if she’s dating anyone right now and Iyanla, who just turned 60 shared.

Wendy: Are you in love, what’s your situation?

Iyanla: “I am blessed and honored to say that I have a gorgeous, loving, supportive, healthy, beautiful, black man.”

Wendy: Is he younger or older?

Iyanla: Same age but well fed. And I keep him quiet because there’s pieces and parts of my life that they don’t need to know.

Check out Iyanla’s entire interview with Wendy below.

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Iyanla Talks Black Family Secrets, Terrell Owens & Taking Her Work Home With Her

November 1st, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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As the next season of “Iyanla Fix My Life” is set to air this Sunday, November 3, we had the opportunity to sit down one more time with Iyanla Vanzant and pick her brain about a few more things. We spoke to her about the tendency of black families to keep secrets, why black men specifically are hesitant about seeking therapy or asking for help.

And then she spoke specifically about her upcoming episode with Terrell Owens. I’ve seen the episode and I have to say that it’s a lot to process. Seeing where he comes from and what he had to endure explains a lot about the current state he currently finds himself. A lot of drama and a lot of admissions came to the surface in this episode so we asked what does she feel allowed Terrell and his family to open up. She said:

“I think Terrell, the pain he was experiencing was greater than his fear of being exposed.”

We know Iyanla works with a lot of different people with a lot of issues that have us shedding tears at home. We wondered if she ever finds that she takes the problems of her clients home with her. She said:

 “Most of what I see, I’ve already healed. Because it’s only one of three things, somebody’s not feeling loved. I’ve healed that. Somebody’s not feeling heard or seen and they’re acting out. I’ve healed that. And somebody hasn’t forgiven. I do that everyday.”

Check out the entire conversation below.


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