Updated Tuesday, May 26, 9:51 p.m. EDT: A representative from OWN contacted The Root to state that OWN is not affiliated with Vanzant’s Baltimore appearance. Vanzant’s show does not return to the network until the fall, and the Baltimore event will not be part of the season.
How many lives has Iyanla Vanzant fixed or tried to fix? From Chris Brown’s ex-girlfriend to the man who fathered a ton of kids with a ton of women, Vanzant has been doling out her own version of tough love on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network for years.
But can she fix a whole city?
Since the recent uprisings after the killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, many community leaders and activists have spoken out about the police brutality and crime that plague the city. One of those leaders happens to be Jamal Bryant, the pastor at Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple.
Bryant is now teaming up with Vanzant to provide a healing over Baltimore with a three-day event at the Empowerment Temple.
Maybe Vanzant should try to head over and fix the police officers in the city—and then move on to its elected officials. No? So that's not how it works?
One has to wonder what Bryant and Vanzant think they can do for the city by holding a "healing" service. Bryant, who has been a vocal advocate and activist in Baltimore, seems to be garnering a lot of attention in recent months. But bringing in Vanzant may not be the answer the city needs.