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Posted: Mon 09/10/2012 08:00 AM
This Sunday, Oprah's conversation continues with bestselling author and spiritual teacher Iyanla Vanzant. Iyanla opens up about how she came back from the brink of suicide and survived her daughter’s tragic death. Watch a preview.
Tune in to "Super Soul Sunday" September 16 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN. You can also watch from anywhere in the world on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv or Facebook.com/supersoulsunday.
Posted: Sun 09/09/2012 03:00 PM
In 1953, Iyanla Vanzant was born in a taxicab parked under a Brooklyn elevated train. "Things have always moved very rapidly in my life," she says. "Very rarely has my life been still or quiet."
Her mother, an alcoholic, died when she was two years old. Iyanla was sent to live with her grandmother, whom she says abused her. "My grandmother beat me with an ironing cord until all the skin came off my back," she says. Her father and stepmother removed her from her grandmother's home when she was five years old. Still, her childhood was filled with fear. She was raped at age 9, gave birth at age 13 and was a mother of three by the time she was 21.
One day, while riding the bus, she saw an ad for a local college and enrolled. She graduated and went on to law school, spending three years as a public defender in Philadelphia before finding a higher calling.
Today, Iyanla is known as an author, relationship expert and spritual teacher, but Iyanla says it took her many years to find inner peace. Watch parts of her soul-to-soul conversation with Oprah and learn more about how Iyanla Vanzant overcame her past to become who she is today.
Iyanla Vanzant wasn't always her name. In fact, she was born Rhonda Harris. Watch as she explains who Rhonda was and why she renamed—and reinvented—herself:
The daughter of a woman who had two children with a married man, Iyanla says she bore a burden of guilt since she was in the womb. Watch as Iyanla opens up about how she carried that guilt throughout her life—and how she broke the cycle:
Today, Iyanla says she can "smell a lie" because she was untruthful in her own life for so long. Find out how Iyanla says she developed her gift for hearing beneath the words people speak to get to the real root of the issue:
Iyanla says hardships helped shape who she is today. Watch as Iyanla explains why we're all called to a special life task—and how to surrender to that purpose:
Posted: Sun 09/09/2012 02:59 PM
In 1998, Iyanla Vanzant took The Oprah Winfrey Show by storm, gracing Oprah's stage 20 times and talking to Harpo Studios about developing her own show. In 1999, Iyanla was approached by another television executive about a show and chose to accept the offer.
For 11 years, Oprah and Iyanla didn't speak—until a 2011 Oprah Show conversation that set the record straight for both of them. (Click here to watch the full episode.)
Watch as Oprah and Iyanla reflect on that conversation and how they learned all things—even hardships—are divine lessons:
Today, Oprah and Iyanla have come together with a groundbreaking new show called Iyanla: Fix My Life, premiering on OWN September 15 at 10/9c. "When I saw the first episode, I said to myself that's the best thing I have ever seen on television," Oprah says. "And that includes my 25 years of doing it."
While filming the show, Iyanla sent Oprah an e-mail that brought her to tears. Watch as Oprah reads part of that letter and shares why it touched her so deeply:
Posted: Fri 09/07/2012 08:30 AM
Before she was Iyanla Vanzant, she was Rhonda Harris. Watch as Iyanla reflects on her former self in this "Super Soul Sunday" sneak peek.
Watch part one of Oprah's interview with Iyanla Vanzant this Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN. You can also watch from anywhere in the world on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV, Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
Posted: Thu 09/06/2012 12:00 AM
They're no-nonsense words of wisdom that will awaken you in this moment. Read these thought-provoking quotes from Oprah's two-part conversation with spiritual teacher Iyanla Vanzant.
Click here to get all 11 notable quotes
Oprah and Iyanla's conversation continues at 11 a.m. ET/PT this Sunday on OWN, Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV and Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
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