Over the course of her career, Iyanla Vanzant has tried to fix many a person’s life, but this season the spiritual guru is nearly entirely focused on Black men and their issues. From sexual abuse to infidelity and incarceration, Iyanla is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to men and the pain from which they’re struggling to heal.
In the opening episode of season 4, Iyanla travels to Memphis, TN, to help former Hot Boys rapper Young Turk who is still struggling with the residual effects of being in prison four years after his release. “Turk and his wife Erica are struggling to save their marriage from Turk’s deep-seated paranoia stemming from the shooting [that landed him behind bars] and his fear that his former acquaintances are determined to get revenge,” a press release notes. Iyanla will also work with his wife Erica to help her find her identity, “which she has lost sight of through the multiple traumas she has suffered since she first met Turk.”
In the following two weeks, Iyanla will turn her attention to rape survivors, working with five men who were sexually abused as children to help them move forward with their lives as adults, shedding the shame and blame that’s been placed on them by their loved ones as well as themselves.
Following that two-part series, comes a three-part episode featuring three couples whose marriages are in danger of ending. The couples are either separated, struggling with infidelity or their own identities and “Through extensive evaluation, Iyanla works to diagnose the troubles in each of the couples’ marriages, and is determined to help them find a fix — even if the fix ends in divorce.”
Lastly, Iyanla rounds out the season with another two-parter featuring four formerly incarcerated men who have yet to find peace in their lives on the outside. “Each one was convicted of a murder charge, and each one has been released from prison after serving their debts to society, but they are still incarcerated inside their minds and spirits,” the news release points out. With the help of Shaka Senghor, a criminal justice activist and New York Times bestselling author, she helps the men work through their issues.
Season 4 of Iyanla Fix My Life returns Saturday, September 30 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on OWN. Check out the trailer below and let us know if you’ll be tuning in.