Get ready for another explosive season of Iyanla: Fix My Life. This upcoming season will feature some recognizable faces such as reality starts Althea (“Love & Hip Hop”), Dutchess (“Black Ink Crew”) and Minyon (“Bridezillas”) and some newcomers to the screen.
For the reality show guests, these women will have to come face-to-face with the farce of their reality TV personas, with Iyanla there as a guide to help them take off their mask and rediscover their true selves.
This season also appears to focus on the buried shame and crimes of rape, molestation and harassment that exists in the black community, particularly among family members.
The teaser begins with Iyanla narrating the video, telling audiences, “Sometimes you got to go back to the beginning. You have to go back to where the breakdown was. Sometimes you have to go back to the memory.”
Continuing, “I will remain blind until I forgive.”
“I just remember touching my brother just so I can eat,” one woman says.
“She would take broomsticks and put them inside of me to get rid of you,” another emotional woman explains to her daughter.
Inter-familial molestation is a taboo, but necessary topic to tackle among Black folks. Research shows 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. With the idea of therapy still carrying a stigma in our communities, the cycle of abuse and harm in our families continues from generation to generation.
The truth is, many of our loved ones are complicit in covering the acts of sexual violence or are responsible for allowing them to happen, like the individuals seeking help in the trailer above. These traumatizing crimes, hidden in the dark of our homes and repressed memories, will now be brought to the forefront of our collective consciousness when the new episodes of Iyanla: Fix My Life premiere in January.
You can catch the new season on Saturday, January 12 at 9:00p ET/PT on OWN.