Heed had the opportunity to sit down with Iyanla Vanzant at a media luncheon to talk about her new season of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” premiering September 10th on OWN. The award-winning self-help series, ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life,’ is an emotional four-part, multi-week episode. Iyanla Vanzant invites eight women to move into a “House of Healing” to dispel the myth of the “Angry Black Woman.”
I don’t do television. This is my ministry. I prayed for a way to reach the largest number of people with the least amount of effort because five hundred a pop was doing it for me. I’m grateful and humble that OWN has given me an opportunity to do my work in this way.
Iyanla’s motivations behind tackling the Myth of the Angry Black Woman:
- Iyanla read an article where First Lady Michelle Obama was labeled as an angry black women.
- Iyanla’s granddaughter went to a conservative, Republican-based college on the west coast and there she was called the angry black women from the east coast. She was only twenty years old and didn’t know what that meant.
- Programing on television that represents black women in a negative light. “I’m very sensitive to the images portrayed of people of color…specifically women.”
- Personally, Iyanla realized what she did to her own daughters. She taught them how not to express their anger, sadness or disappointment because that is what was taught to her.
Are we angry? Absolutely! But, no more angrier than anybody else. We have not been taught to appropriately express emotion. As black women we are not allowed to be angry and we are almost expected to behave badly. Now we are participating in the prostitution of our pain by behaving badly, publicly.
This season Iyanla worked with eight black women for five days surrounding the Angry Black Woman myth and six black men for four days tackling the issue of fixing a black man’s heart. She dives deeply into labels like ‘thug’ and ‘deadbeat’ and how these men have lived down to those stereotypes.
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In the popular self-help series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life”, bestselling author, spiritual life coach and television host Iyanla Vanzant goes behind closed doors to help people whose relationships and lives have broken down.