As a single mother herself, Iyanla has faced many of the same challenges women in the 'Oprah's Lifeclass' audience have faced. To begin the healing process, Iyanla leads them in a prayer to help them let go of the label 'victim.' Watch now!
Oprah and Iyanla believe that the words a woman uses to define herself hold a great deal of power. For moms, Iyanla says, the mouth can be its own kind of womb, which can give birth to negative energy. Watch as Iyanla examines how changing our thoughts can create a new reality. Plus, actress Nia Long shares her own mantra for single mothers.
Carving out some grown-up time may seem like a guilty pleasure; however, Iyanla Vanzant explains why creating strong boundaries between what is and what is not your child's business is essential. Plus, actress Nia Long weighs in on how she tries to exemplify the qualities of a well-rounded woman for her two sons. She not only makes sure to have her own separate personal life from them but also refuses give in to their every demand. They'll be thanking her later, she says.
One of the biggest issues single moms say they face is judgment: from other mothers at school, from family or even from strangers. Watch as Iyanla untangles that emotional web and pinpoints where our fear of failure originates.
It's a two-week Friday night 'Oprah's Lifeclass' event! Oprah, Iyanla Vanzant and actress Nia Long address the most pressing issues facing single mothers today. Then, Tyler Perry and a surprise celebrity guest join the conversation to discuss dating.
Michelle, a light-skinned African-American woman from Maryland, joins the colorism discussion to speak her truth. Watch as she shares an emotional message with all women of color and validates the experiences of those with darker complexions.
No matter her skin tone, Iyanla Vanzant says, every woman hopes her story is heard, and wants to feel validated. Watch as an 'Oprah's Lifeclass' audience member, the mother of dark-skinned daughters, stands up and encourages a 19-year-old woman who's struggling with insecurities to find a way to feel beautiful.
Discrimination within races can be found in many communities. According to Iyanla Vanzant, these beliefs are often so ingrained that many fail to recognize they exist. Find out what she says is the first step to facing colorism.
Oprah says she was excited when Tyler Perry cast actress Tika Sumpter as the vixen in the OWN dramatic series 'The Haves and the Have Nots' because Tika was intelligent, gorgeous and dark-skinned. Now, the actress opens up about her experience growing up as the darkest child in her family.
'Oprah's Lifeclass' audience members stand and share their personal experiences with colorism. Watch as two lighter-skinned women explain to Iyanla why they feel discriminated against both inside and outside their communities. Plus, Iyanla and Oprah begin the healing process.