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“I’m Not My Sister’s Keeper, I Am My Sister” 10 Lessons From Iyanla’s Wounded Women Follow Up

September 29th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When the story of Jay Williams and his 34 children by 17 different women aired on OWN, social media erupted with all types of judgement. Judgement for Jay and judgement for the women who dealt with him in the past and those who continue to deal with him. Iyanla said that more than anyone, she wanted to make sure the women, the mothers, were working towards healing because they were the ones who were raising the children.

So she followed up the three part series with Jay by meeting up with the women again. But this time she had other women in the audience because, as Iyanla said, over and over again, the women who had been with Jay were not all that different from us all.

If you missed the series, know that she dropped some knowledge. Here are some of the lessons we took from the episode.

10 Things We Learned From Iyanla And The Man With 34 Kids

September 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Oprah struck a full gold mine with “Iyanla Fix My Life.” And with each season, the show gets better and better. There’s something about watching other people’s dysfunction that either, makes you see your own or makes you feel a bit better about your life. For the past three weeks, we’ve watched as Iyanla met with a man, Jay Williams, who has fathered 34 children, with 17 different women. We’ve talked about it before but now, after seeing all three parts of the mega fix, there are some things we just have to talk about.

Tyler Perry Settles Legal Battle Over TV Show

September 21st, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Tyler Perry and Oprah may have another victory on their hands! According to, the two mega superstars have finally settled a nasty legal battle.

The battle involved Vanessa Lynn and Parables Entertainment. Lynn claimed she wrote the screenplay “Affairs” a number of years ago, which was eventually recreated and developed as “The Have and The Have Nots” for OWN. The drama Lynn created revolved around  a small town family, a father running for mayor, a health challenged mother and a daughter named Peaches. Sound similar right? Also another similar storyline was the storyline that included a friend of Peaches having an affair with her father. (Side eye we know)

“Affairs” was turned into a play and eventually released on DVD by Parables Entertainment. Lynn claims Tyler Perry stole the idea of “Affairs” to create the show “The Have and The Have Nots”.

The lawsuit requested an injunction to prevent the show from airing and also a fair share of the profits made by the two giants. Lynn also wanted to be listed in the credits.

However, on September 17th, Parables Entertainment dismissed the entire lawsuit against Perry and OWN. From this dismissal alone we can only assume, Lynn and Parables Entertainment were awarded a hefty fee. The group also dismissed with case with prejudice. Therefore, they cannot file another lawsuit against the same claims.

Someone was clearly paid very nicely. Thoughts?

Watch The Cast Of A Different World On Where Are They Now? + Raven Symone And Vivica Fox

September 17th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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The impact of “A Different World” cannot be overstated. A television show that inspired students of all races and ethnicities to attend college? That’s major. And although the show has long since been off the air, its impact is still very strong.

So Oprah sat down with some of the cast members for her “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” series on OWN.

Hillman alum Jasmine Guy (Whitley Gilbert), Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne), Dawn Lewis (Jalessa Taylor), Sinbad (Coach Oakes), Darryl M. Bell (Ron Johnson), Cree Summer (Freddie Brooks) and executive producer of the show Debbie Allen all sat down to discuss the things they’ve been up to since they left the hit NBC series.

As you know, “A Different World” was a spinoff of “The Cosby Show” so the cast took time to pay homage to the genius of Bill Cosby in creating this groundbreaking show.

See what they had to say.

The cast of A Different World will appear on OWN on Sunday, October 26 at 9pm.

A Different World On Where Are They Now

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But before you catch up with these folks, Raven Symone sits down with Oprah to speak candidly about her life after childhood super stardom, including the Tweet that presumably announced to the world that she was a lesbian. You can watch Raven’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” episode on October 5 at 9pm. On that same day, you’ll have a chance to catch up with Jenna Von Oy  (aka Six from “Blossom” and Stevie Van Lowe on “The Parkers.”)

And then on the following Sunday, October 12 you can see what Vivica Fox is doing these days.

Looks like a jam-packed season full of familiar faces. We’re here for it.


Was Iyanla Vanzant Profiting Off Of Ferguson’s Pain?

August 29th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When I learned that Iyanla Vanzant was traveling to Ferguson, Missouri I’ll admit I had a bit of trepidation.

I love Iyanla but the fact that she was taking her cameras with her didn’t exactly comfort me. Then there was the picture of police chief Thomas Jackson, seated with Michael Brown’s uncle, Charles Ewing, a pastor, the two of them holding hands with Iyanla’s clasped over them. I’m a Christian and I know we’re supposed to heal and forgive but it seemed to be a little too soon, no? Was that healing authentic? Had Brown’s uncle really forgiven the police department, before he’d even had a chance to bury his nephew?

It felt like too much too soon.

That’s the thing, I’ve started to question about these types of tragedies. It’s a double edged sword in losing your loved one in the public eye, the way Michael Brown’s family lost him. On the one hand, you feel an outpouring of support from strangers who affirm that your relative’s life meant something but on the other hand, the grieving process is a bit rushed and unnatural when you have to explain the depths of your sadness to the media or fight and grieve at the same time.

And apparently, I wasn’t the only one who felt Vanzant’s actions were a bit ill timed.

Though she released a statement through OWN saying she was traveling to Ferguson to “provide a set of tools to begin the healing process while also promoting peaceful change,” Black Twitter didn’t take too kindly to program. And really, that picture, the one you see above, set people off.

People interpreted the message to mean that, once again, Black people would have to be the bigger people and forgive an injustice that has yet to stop hurting and literally killing us. One person wrote:

“There’s been reports of black professors, actors, sheriffs and so on being racially profiled. How much more ‘acceptable’ do we have to be? As a black person, you should not have to prove your worth, your value in order to be treated as a human being.”

Of course, she’s right. Officer Darren Wilson hasn’t been arrested yet. The Ferguson police department has released very few, hard facts about what actually went down during the moments when Brown was killed; but somehow, in the midst of that very important work, police chief Jackson had time to sit down with Iyanla Vanzant…on camera?

Come on…

And still others are questioning whether or not Vanzant traveled to Ferguson so that she could profit off of the people’s pain.

While I agree, it might have been a better idea to chill on the cameras for a minute, I don’t think she went there with ill intentions.

After all, Iyanla herself has lost a daughter. She knows what type of “work” it takes to heal from something like that, if complete healing is even possible.

And while people outside of Ferguson, looking in, may feel a way about her being there, the people on the street seemed to appreciate having her there to listen to their grievances and even found comfort in the prayers she offered at the site of Michael Brown’s death.

In her prayer, it was clear to me that Iyanla was not there to stunt. OWN’s cameras might not have captured this moment but it was a powerful one. During her prayer, she said:

“We know that in the DNA of our beings, we know what to do. And we are calling it forth right now God and we ask that you give it to us more than we fear it. We ask that you give us the voice, we ask that you give us the clarity. We ask that you give us the courage to call out the things that need to be called out to make life better for those coming up behind us.”

I always found it so interesting that people always take issue with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. And I guess I get it. People think that they’re “ambulance chasers” seeking to gain shine in the midst of tragedies. But I never felt that way. And listening to Sharpton eulogize Mike Brown this past week, that feeling was reaffirmed.

We might not like the way Jesse, Al or even Iyanla seek to bring awareness to these issues but they are doing something. And the only thing worse than making a mistake in doing something is doing nothing and condemning those who are trying.

“I Was Scared” Brandy Nearly Cries Telling Oprah Why She Lied About Being Married

July 31st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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In 2002, Brandy made a big announcement. She had married secretly and was six months pregnant. Then there was that reality tv show, “Brandy: Special Delivery” where we saw Brandy and her “husband,” Robert Smith together and watched the process of her giving birth to her daughter Sy’rai. Watching the show you could tell something was off between Brandy and Robert– I just never assumed that their whole relationship was a sham.

Either way, on a recent episode of Oprah’s “Where Are They Now,” Brandy comes back to sit on Oprah’s couch (or chair) and explain why she felt she needed to lie about having a child out of wedlock.

Oprah: I asked if you were married at the time and you said you were. Why did you say that?

Brandy: I said that I was married. Because at that time being pregnant out of wedlock was not a trend. It was not something that people praised. It was a sin. And I felt like I could not be honest about that. I felt the pressure of, again, having to be perfect. And I was scared. I thought that everything that I had worked hard for and everything that I worked to build, the image that I worked so hard to build was threatened. And I felt like having a child out of wedlock would ruin my career, everything that I had built.

And I’m really sorry for that because you just don’t lie to Oprah, okay?!

You can watch the video below.

In another part of the interview, Brandy explains why she doesn’t think she would have made it as a celebrity growing up in this day and age because people on social media can be so cruel. See what she had to say in the video below.

You can catch Brandy’s episode of “Where Are They Now” this Sunday, August 3 on OWN at 9 pm ET/PT.

Watch: Tyler Perry Brings More Drama To OWN With ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’

July 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Considering the success of “The Haves And The Have Nots,” it’s not surprising that OWN and Tyler Perry would opt to put out another soap opera type show. The network recently debuted the trailer for their latest series, “If Loving You Is Wrong” and it looks fairly interesting.

“Secrets, lies and deception lie behind closed doors for a group of husbands and wives that live and love on the same street,” the network describes the series.

According to Shadow and Act, the plot picks up in the middle of a steamy affair between neighbors Randal and Alex. Randal’s wife, Marci, is desperately hoping for children; however, Randal’s too busy sleeping with his best friend Brad’s wife.

Meanwhile, a recently divorced Esperenza is building a relationship with her new beau, Julius, while trying to keep their romance hidden from her mean-spirited ex-husband, Edward.

Down the street, neighbor Kelly is hoping to get married to her boyfriend, Travis, who is on a relief mission in Haiti. The rather eventual story line also highlights single mother Natalia, who is faced with the deciding whether or not to allow one of her sons to return home after he is released from prison.

Judging by the story line, it looks like the series has a bit of potential. However, we’ll probably have to wait until it premieres on Sept. 9 to truly make that judgement.

Check out the trailer below. Let us know your thoughts.

“I Was Not Fun For 3 Years” Terry McMillan Talks About Forgiving Her Gay Ex Husband

July 3rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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You don’t even have to have read Terry McMillan’s How Stella Got Her Groove Back to know her story. The art inspired by her life that was in a book, on the big screen and then all over television for the world to see when things went left. Most of us remember the episode of Oprah where McMillan confronted her gay ex husband Jonathan Plummer for the deception and betrayal of marrying her when he knew–or at least had an inkling–that he was gay.

The encounter was not exactly comfortable. You may remember that McMillan’s head was on lean the entire interview and there were more eye rolls than a little bit.

Obviously, the dissolution of a marriage is not easy on anyone but the circumstances behind the ending of this one and the way it played out in the public presumably made it even harder to get over.

But in this Sunday’s upcoming episode of OWN’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” McMillan seems to have gotten to that place.

In the video below she talks about the process of forgiving her ex husband.

“People do a lot of things to hurt each other but it takes a different kind of energy, positive energy to forgive someone. And I think mostly, It’s forgiving yourself because being angry is stupid. It really is stupid and it weighs you down and everybody around you feels it. I was not fun for three years.”



McMillan’s episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now” airs this Sunday, July 6 at 9pm.

“It’s Hard Being A Broke Celebrity” Flex and Shanice Are Coming To OWN

May 15th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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We haven’t heard or seen much from Flex or singer Shanice in a while. We all love Shanice with her hit “I Love Your Smile” and we remember Flex Alexander from the show “One on One” So we’re happy that the couple is coming to OWN for a new reality show, aptly titled “Flex & Shanice.”

Apparently, life ain’t been no crystal stair for the couple and financially they’ve been in a bit of a bind since both of their careers faced stumbling blocks. With two children, Imani, 12 and Elijah, 10, Flex and Shanice moved themselves into a rental home. And they brought their extended family, a total of 9 people, to help cover the cost.

In the upcoming episode, we’ll watch as Shanice has to answer some real questions about whether or not her momager Crystal has been detrimental to her career. Things are looking up though. Flex has booked some gigs and Shanice is speaking with Babyface, one of her former producers, about next steps.

Sounds like it could be pretty good. Lord knows some of y’all have been wondering what they’ve been up to. Take a look at the teaser for the new show in the video below and let us know what you think.



The show will air on Saturday, May 31 at 10pm on OWN. Will you watch?

OWN To Air A Docuseries About First Openly-Gay NFL Draft Pick, Michael Sam

May 15th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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michael sam OWNOprah’s OWN network has ordered a docuseries that will follow NFL draft pick Michael Sam as he prepares to join the St. Louis Rams. Sam is the first openly-gay player in the NFL. The docuseries will be produced by the same team that brought us Lindsay, the docuseries about Lindsay Lohan.

“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Oprah said in a statement. “The next real-life story we follow in The Untitled Michael Sam Project promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”

The show will also dive into the scrutiny he receives from the media and both the personal and private adjustments he’ll have to make as he moves into the NFL. Sam say he hopes his story will be an inspiration to others.

“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,” he said in a statement. “…And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. ”

At the moment, Sam has the NFL’s best-selling jersey, beating out top draft picks. Sam was the 249th pick, selected by the Rams days into the draft process.

[via The Hollywood Reporter, Variety]