Jun 3, 2012

The sneak peek for Iyanla Vanzant's new series on OWN came on this past Saturday at 10PM EST. The new series is entitled, 'Iyanla, Fix My Life.'

The promo for the show describes it as a show in which secrets will be revealed, truths will be uncovered and emotions will come out as Iyanla teaches us how to pull back the curtain on what is broken in our lives.

Well, I sat down and watch it. Let me just say that I went in with a very critical eye, but by the end I was very teary eyed. The show is an emotional roller coaster that forces it's participants as well as the audience to pay attention to the festering wounds in their lives and not just continue to let them bleed and remained infected.

From the onset of the show, you realize you are watching the show that would have been had Iyanla stayed with Oprah and not ventured off to Barbara Walters. But as the saying goes, "For every thing there is a season." And from the looks of this show, this is definitely Iyanla's season.

The sneak peek featured three generations of a family: a mother, grandmother, and daughter. These ladies just could not get along because of resentments the daughters had for their respective mothers. It was a very common theme that is being played out in a lot of families. The daughter looks at her grandmother as mother instead of her real mother. It is this very dynamic that I just finished writing my first novel about.

Judging off Facebook and Twitter, a lot of people were not happy with the ending of the show because it didn't end with a happy ending. Speaking for myself, I was personally satifisied with the ending because it reflected reality. It is going to take more than a television show to heal what ails that family. Just from watching, I could tell that the only person who was really receptive to the healing was the grandmother. I'm sure some of the knowledge Iyanla was given to the other two women did sink in, but the hurt cuts so deep that it's going to take them a little longer to get outside of their egos and reconcile.

So DID you watch the show? If so, please tell me what you thought.

Iyanla, Fix My Life is scheduled for a Fall debut.

Exclusive Webisode: Why Iyanla Vanzant Is Passionate About Helping Families
Before the show, Iyanla Vanzant reveals why she's grateful for the opportunity to help families, and opens up about her past. Iyanla says her family pathology was marred by feelings of unworthiness, sorrow and suffering, but now, she has the choice to change that for the next generation. Watch as she encourages every family to do better.

Why Iyanla Vanzant Says to Tell the Truth to Get What You Want
When she was a child, Bernetta lived with her mother, Brenda, and her grandmother, Corrine, the woman she says raised her. Now, Brenda wants the mother-daughter relationship she and Bernetta never had. Watch as Iyanla Vanzant sits down with this family to address unspoken anger and explain why you have to tell the truth to receive the treatment and respect you desire.

Bernetta's Breakthrough: Why She's Angry with Her Mother
Seven days after Iyanla Vanzant called an emergency family meeting for 35-year-old Bernetta; her mother, Brenda; and her grandmother, Corrine, the family sits down together again to continue the healing. During an honesty exercise, Iyanla helps Bernetta let go of her childhood pain and get to the truth of why she's really angry with her mom after all these years.

Iyanla Vanzant's Family Fixin's
Relationship coach Iyanla Vanzant says every family member plays a part in a breakdown. How do you begin to mend relationships and change the family pathology? Iyanla shares her advice on how to get out of your own way and accept loved ones as they are.


  1. I did watch. I'm not the biggest Iyanla fan. Think it is just a personality clash. Her delivery is a bit dramatic for my taste, but I do think her intention is genuine. I think this style of show is timely and probably better than the typical talk-show format that she would've had years ago.

    I thought how it ended was fine. If it weren't an OWN show, I probably would not watch it. But I do want OWN to succeed and so I will try to keep up with it in the fall.

  2. I did watch it but I thought the daughter's reaction wasn't genuine. And the ending just proved that. Why did they choose to ask Iyanla to fix their life and come on the show, when in reality they didn't want to do the work to fix it???