“The Greatest Story Never Told“ rapper will be appearing on “Iyanla: Fix My Life” this Spring.
*Living without the presence of your father can affect someone in many ways. Iyanla Vanzant tackles this topic head on while helping a two young brothers confront issues surrounding their absent father in the season finale of her hit show ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life.”
During the show, Vanzant travels to Newark, NJ to see Isaam and his brother Chon. According to Isaam, their father has been in and out of their lives (sometimes disappearing for years at a time), continuously lying to and disappointing them. As a result, the brothers have spent decades living in pain.
Upon visiting the brothers, Vanzant revealed that she grew up fatherless and can understand the issues the brothers are facing. Vanzant asks how many times Isaam wound up waiting on the front porch for his absent father to one day come home.
“Earlier on, I was always hopeful that he’d show up,” Isaam admits. “Every car that comes by -– is that him? Or maybe he’s walking. Maybe he’s around the corner. Maybe he’s in traffic. Maybe there’s some reason why he’s not here or why I’ve been waiting so long.”
Despite being told often to stop crying, Vanzant allows the brothers to do the opposite in an effort to fully heal.
“Cry your little heart out,” she says in the video. “That’s where your healing comes [from].”
The season finale of “’Iyanla: Fix My Life” will air at 9 p.m. ET this Saturday (Dec. 14) on OWN. For a preview of the episode, click on the video below:
The spiritual life coach recently met Janetria, a woman who admits to being in an abusive marriage. This is a scenario Iyanla knows only too well, and she wasn’t timid about sharing it.
“After I got hit in my head with a bed slat, I woke up at three o’clock in the morning and something said to me, ‘If you don’t leave here now, he’s going to kill you,’” Iyanla recalled. “And I creeped out of the bed and I got a bag of clothes for each of my kids and one for me. And I left.”
“I had nowhere to go, I had no money to get there — I didn’t even care,” she says. “But I had to be willing to lose everything to gain it all.”
By the end of Iyanla’s first day with Janetria, the woman can see that she’s been locked in an abusive relationship for years and must now decide which way she wants to go from here.
“I’m not advocating at all for the ending of your marriage,” says Iyanla. “I’m advocating for the beginning of your life.”
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On the episode we see life coach Iyanla Vanzant travel to Alexander City, Alabama to visit Owens in his hometown who needed some guidance to work through a personal crisis which threatens his future.
Terrell still had many unresolved issues from his past that were spilling over into the present in a negative way and Iyanla agreed to assist him in finding the first step toward mending the broken pieces from his life, career and relationships.
The special gives us more insight in Terrell’s past and childhood as he opens up in sessions about not getting to see his mother that much growing up and not knowing who his father was. The emotional one-on-one sessions uncovered a deep sense of abandonment that still lingered with Owens and led to much of his bad behavior and misunderstood attitude.
It becomes clear that in order to fix the relationship he has with his own children, he must resolve the feelings he has towards both his mother and father which will take time and openness.
After the Nov. 2 premiere, new episodes of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will continue to air weekly on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The series is produced by Harpo Productions, Inc.
In the heart wrenching video clip below, Vanzant tells a crying Owens, “You’ve become a victim of your talent”:
*In a new interview with New York magazine, Oprah Winfrey admitted that one of OWN’s problems in the beginning was that it was “too serious.”
After a rough first two years, Winfrey’s network has finally become profitable, with higher ratings and blockbuster interviews under its belt.
Oprah spoke to Vulture’s Josef Adalian about turning the network around. When asked about the programming changes she made, she said:
“I have a tendency to look at everything from the point of view of: What is going to be meaningful, and uplift people? That can become too stoic and too serious—which is the same issue I suffered with at the magazine in the beginning. It needed more humor. So we [began] looking for lighter fare. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s works. Iyanla: Fix My Life was also a turning point. Having programming that was in alignment with the vision but also left the space to widen the lane for the vision. If it were up to me, I’d be doing [Winfrey’s Sunday talk show] Super Soul Sunday conversations all the time.”
Read the full interview here.
*Terrell Owens recently took to Twitter to reveal that he would participate in “Iyanla: Fix My Life” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.
The former NFL receiver said host Iyanla Vanzant helped him figure out “who he is.”
“Been an emotional yet insightful day. After 39 yrs I’m learning who Terrell Owens really is,” Owens tweeted Thursday (Aug. 29). “All this time I thought I knew. @IyanlaVanzant.”
In related news, T.O. is suing his former agent Drew Rosenhaus and his brother Jason Rosenhaus for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and negligence, seeking to recover up to $6.5 million from the agents, according to legal filings obtained by Yahoo! Sports.
Owens claims Rosenhaus introduced him to now-banned financial adviser Jeff Rubin and recommended that Owens hire Rubin to manage his finances. Upon hiring Rubin, Owens alleges in the lawsuit that the financial adviser began to place his money in a series of bad investments, including an illegal and now-bankrupt casino project in Alabama.
Owens alleges that taking the Rosenhaus brothers’ advice and hiring Rubin – coupled with their failure to warn the wideout of Rubin’s various red flags – ultimately caused him to lose nearly $5 million, as well as roughly $1.5 million his investments could have generated if properly invested.