Iyanla Vanzant reveals who she failed, challenges #BlackLivesMatter

iyanla vanzant*Iyanla Vanzant may be ready to bring season three of her show “Iyanla: Fix My Life” to the masses, but according to the self-help guru, the #Black Lives Matter movement is in need of her service as she highlights where to begin with the effort.
“We’ve got to stop talking about it and really start doing the work about it,” Vanzant recently said about the upcoming season. “What is the ask? Black lives matter, therefore we ask …?”
“What are we saying? What does that mean?” she continued. “Taking the moment and making it a movement requires some level of action and, unfortunately, some level of leadership, which is a problem for us.”
While it may be too late for Vanzant to examine #BlackLivesMatter for season three, she did say that season four of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” would be something she might pursue with the movement. If things work out and she does feature #BlackLivesMatter, Essence reports that she will challenge young supporters to expand their use of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag by doing something beyond being active on social media.
“This generation isn’t willing to do what they did in Montgomery and Selma,” she said. “There was leadership. Is this generation willing to move beyond their creature comforts and their insta-communication to be consistent and committed to what is required to have the ask answered?
“With the Montgomery bus boycott, there was an ask: We’re not sitting in the back of the bus anymore.”
In addition to #BlackLivesMatter, Vanzant touched on the success of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which has found a home on OWN for three years. Although the she’s proud of what she’s done, achievements made with those who appear on the show and continues to be driven to help others no matter what, there is one person that did not receive her full assistance after flipping out and leaving.
“I failed one guest,” she said about a 2013 episode that featured a certain Ruff Ryder. “I failed DMX because I was guided and directed by the Holy Spirit to do something and I didn’t do it. And I don’t know had I done it, how the show would’ve turned out.
“But that was my failure and I have never done that again,” she added. “What the Holy Spirit tells me to do, I do much to the ‘horrification’ of my producers.”
Season three of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” which features Olympic figure skater Debi Thomas’ fall from grace and closeted gay pastors, premieres Saturday (Sept. 19) at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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