June 16, 2016

Iyanla Vanzant: “Fix My Life” Star Talks Donald Trump, Lamar Odom, Prince & Essence Festival

Iyanla Vanzant

Motivational speaker and TV personality Iyanla Vanzant is preparing to deliver a keynote address on the Empowerment Stage during the 22nd annual Essence Festival in New Orleans on Saturday, July 2.

“I’ve done it for 14 years and I consider it an honor to be asked back. I consider it a service to the community,” Vanzant told AlwaysAList.com over the telephone on Wednesday.

The New York Times best-selling author and founder of the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development shared that she doesn’t plan her messages prior to taking the stage to speak.

Essence Festival“I never know what I’m going to say until I get the title. I don’t speak from paper and I don’t speak from a prepared speech. I get the title and get in front of the people and the spirit tells me what to say,” she revealed.

Vanzant is the host of OWN Network’s popular series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which has aired for five seasons.

Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant

The self-help docu-series has featured real life people seeking change in their lives, as well as celebrities like former NFL star Terrell Owens, reality star Sheree Whitfield, troubled rapper DMX, reality personality Evelyn Lozada and former Olympic figure skater Debi Thomas, among others.

The 62-year-old spiritual guru said she would love to have presidential hopeful, reality TV star Donald Trump on the show.

“I would ask him, ‘who are you? No really, who are you?’ I guarantee you he wouldn’t be able to answer it,” Vanzant said of Trump.

Terrell Owens & Iyanla Vanzant during "Iyanla: Fix My Life"

Terrell Owens & Iyanla Vanzant during “Iyanla: Fix My Life”

AlwaysAList.com asked her what she would say to troubled former NBA star Lamar Odom, who appears to be battling addiction again despite a near-death experience last October in a Las Vegas brothel.

“I would ask Lamar, ‘Are you willing?’ He doesn’t seem willing to me,” she admitted. “‘Are you willing to be healed?”

Vanzant believes she could get through to the family of the music icon Prince. Since his death in late April, his siblings have been embroiled in a battle over power and his affairs are in disarray because he did not have a will.

Iyanla Vanzant & Oprah Winfrey

Iyanla Vanzant & Oprah Winfrey

“I would ask his loved ones, ‘what would he say?’ That’s it,” she emoted, before adding: “What would he say and what would he want?”

In addition to preparing to return to the Essence Festival, Vanzant is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of her MasterPeace Energy Healing and Balancing soaps and body wash line, something she developed with her late daughter Gemmia.

Iyanla Vanzant's MasterPeace line

Iyanla Vanzant’s MasterPeace line

“It’s made by hand. My daughter was an aroma therapist and she was very concerned about people’s energy. She used to say, ‘we do our laundry, we do dry cleaning, we vacuum the rug, we dust our house, but how do we clean our energy as people?’ When we get upset or when we’re disturbed or ill or take medication, all of that disturbs your energy. So she created these aromatherapy formulas to increase people’s energy around peace and attracting good and clearing your energy. So after she passed, I’m an herbalist – taught herbalism by my grandmother – mixed the two of them in African black soap and created a body wash product. I grind the soap, I shed the herbs, I mixed the oils, I treat the soap with music therapy and color therapy and I bottle it – and I’ve been doing that for 10 years,” she explained.

Vanzant’s MasterPeace line is available on her InnerVisionsWorldwide.com website.

Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant



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