‘I Will Not Stand By And Watch My Brother Die:’ Iyanla Vanzant Tapes Open Letter To DMX

April 16, 2013  |  

Yesterday we talked about the explosive episode of “Iyanla Fix My Life” which aired Saturday night on OWN. Most people walked away from the opening episode of season 2 perplexed by DMX’s struggle and the fact that no real resolution came away an hour-and-a-half later. And that frustration was magnified by a statement the rapper’s publicist released, insinuating that Iyanla Vanzant exploited DMX and somehow made his image worse — eliminating any type of accountability on his end.

Well, if you know anything about Iyanla, she’s not standing for it. In fact, she’s responded to the negativity from DMX’s camp with another outpouring of love and an opportunity for him to get the help he so desperately needs. On the OWN website, the  life coach and Yoruba priestess posted this videotaped open letter to the hurting rapper, saying:


I know we haven’t spoken since our time together in Yonkers, but you have been in my thoughts and on my heart. And what concerns me is what I’m hearing from your friends and family and those who love you. And what I’m hearing is that they are just waiting for the call. They’re waiting for the day they get the call. And you know what I mean.

But I’m not waiting for that call. I’m calling on you, and I’m not going to give up on you. I will not stand by and watch my brother die. Over the years, I’ve worked with many, many people who’ve struggled with addiction. With help, healing is possible.

I want you to remember the person you became in the final months of your grandmother’s life. That’s a clean life. You can be that man today and every day. Just remember what your son said to you, “I want a relationship with you that is not toxic.”

My brother, Earl, DMX, I support you. I love you and I’m calling on all of my beloveds, my tweeple, my Facebok, my masterpiece families, to send you their love and support.

I know that there is no valley deep enough, no gap wide enough, no mountain high enough that love can’t conquer.

My door is always open.

Let’s hope DMX decides to walk through that door. What do you think about Iyanla’s letter?

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