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Iyanla's Guests Receive a "Summons" to Stand Trial in the Court of Life

Season 5 Episode 513
Aired on 09/15/2018 | CC tv-14
When the doorbell rings in the middle of a conversation between Iyanla and her three guests, Iyanla puts everything on pause to answer it. Guests Matilda, Brandi and Taii—all formerly incarcerated women—look bewildered and nervous when a man shows up wearing what appears to be a police badge. He reads a "summons" ordering each of the women to defend themselves against various offenses, like "felonious misrepresentation of self" and "self-degradation, first degree."

Iyanla then explains that this is part of an exercise. "I'm going to summon you into court. The Court of Life," she tells the women. "[This is] for you to defend yourself against those charges and tell me why you shouldn't be sentenced to powerlessness and misery and degradation for the rest of your life."

Watch Episode 513, "Female Felons: Healing Is the New Black (Part 1)"

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