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Iyanla Vanzant: Fix My Life

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In 1998, Iyanla Vanzant took "The Oprah Winfrey Show" by storm, appearing 20 times and talking to Harpo Studios about developing her own show. However, in 1999, Iyanla was approached with an offer by a television executive from another network and chose to accept it. Oprah and Iyanla didn't talk for 11 years until a 2011 conversation on the Oprah Winfrey Network set the record straight for both of them -- but the path to peace wasn't easy.

Iyanla now admits that she's struggled with their past, but also seems grateful for how everything played out. "Had it not happened the way it happened, it wouldn't be so sweet right now," Iyanla told Oprah. "That's why I say all things are lessons that God would have us learn."

Iyanla says she learned many lessons from her experience working with another network. "It shook me to my core," she says. "[I was also] hurt and guilty about the way I left here... Hurt that I didn't understand what I had done, and guilty because my… story is 'I always do the wrong thing.'"

Iyanla Vanzant joins Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun facts about Iyanla Vanzant: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American inspirational speaker, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, and television personality. She is known primarily for her books, for her eponymous talk show, and for her frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She can currently be seen on television as the host of Iyanla, Fix My Life and as a frequently featured guest teacher of Oprah's Lifeclass on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. She attended Medgar Evers College and Virginia Union University. Vanzant was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 13, 1953, as Rhonda Eva Harris. She was given the title "Iyanla", which means "great mother", after being initiated and ordained as a priestess in the Yoruba tradition (as mentioned in her television interview on the Conn Jackson show). She currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

2) In the year 2000, she was named one of the "100 most influential Black Americans" by Ebony magazine, which said that "Her books, lectures and television appearances have made her a multimedia high priestess of healthy relationships." In 2012, Vanzant was listed at #7 on Watkins' Mind Body Spirit magazine list of the 100 most spiritually influential living people."

3) Vanzant is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

‘Iyanla: Fix My Life’ airs Saturday night at 10:00am on OWN.

Twitter: @lyanlavanzant

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