Everybody Needs A Little Help: Celebs Who Were On Public Assistance

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Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant has made quite a living helping others fix their lives, but growing up the future spiritual teacher, best-selling author, and life coach’s future didn’t always look so bright. Vanzant was raised in a home that was filled with poverty and sexual abuse. Her family used welfare to get by, and Vanzant relied on her inner strength to overcome the obstacles of her childhood. In 2000, she was named one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine.

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