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Iyanla Vanzant accused of exploiting Michael Brown’s death for ratings

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Iyanla Vanzant, host of the show, “Fix My Life,” is respected globally for her efforts to help with the healing in the black community.  So, it’s not entirely surprising that she would take the time to go to Ferguson, Missouri to participate in the healing process that is going on there.

But some say that Vanzant has gone over the top in her efforts to get ratings out of the tragic death of Michael Brown.  An image that shows her holding hands with much-despised Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has made its rounds on social media and the response hasn’t been good.

In an effort to promote her coming show about the tragedy in Ferguson, Vanzant shared a picture where she has her hands connected to both Ferguson Chief Jackson and Michael Brown’s great Uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing.  The three appear to be sitting at a table in a sort of spiritual triangle, with Vanzant serving as a mediator in the racial tension.

Chief Ferguson has been under fire for leading a horrible investigation into the death of Michael Brown.  His department left Brown’s body in the street for several hours after he died, they didn’t reveal the name of the officer who killed Brown for a week and they’ve been firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters since the demonstrations began.

Some might say that Vanzant over stepped her boundaries by trying to turn a sensitive tragedy into a chance to make money.  Others could say that this is a great opportunity for her to help with real emotional healing.  But her critics on social media aren’t being nice about it, and feel that she and Oprah are showing their desperation for ratings by exploiting genuine hurt being felt by the public.

What do you think?


  1. ingrd telemaque

    August 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    The Beloved woman named Iyanla Vansant is coming from a deep spiritual space..that half of the so-naysayers cannot begin to excavate. They cannot even begin to look at themselves in the mirror and forgive themselves..its pitiful!.The Oprah Winfrey Show doesn’ t need to do anything to boost its
    ratings…they do not have to resort to shallow tactics to win. They have already WON because of their clean hearts and honorable INNTENTIONS.

  2. ingrd telemaque

    August 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Before you assume: lesrn the facts
    Before you judge: understand Why
    Before yoy hurt someone: FEEL
    Before you speak: THINK

    ASK yourselves everyday: What can I can I do to make the world a better place. ..look in the mirror it starts with YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. jboogie

    August 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Regardless what opinions others may have regarding her motives, the point is; she’s there. And, we all need to be prayerful, this is happening to many times. And, it’s the same ignorance in our thinking that keeps getting us in these situations. All this black female independence, I don’t need a man; as long as I got my job, and my education, I’m a phenomenal woman; stop it. Because, our children are suffering in all aspects of child development, because it’s so easy to work with a system to destroy black men and family; but when comes to working together, it’s war. The reason women catch the most criticism regarding raising children, because you are the nurtures, and the father is the discipline; and as long as the discipline is out the equation, coming from the proper parent, there’s a 60% chance that child will be off balance. This government knows what they are doing by creating poverty to support their cheep labor through the penitentiaries. We need to wake up, and stop this hating on one another.

  4. E'mya

    August 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Until i see the episode can’t really comment.

  5. Leah

    August 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I feel like maybe the police chief is using the opportunity to make up for his bad decisions! As a pastor, representing the Lord, His will mist be done over all. No one had a choice in this matter of what happens next besides the police chief. I think she’s coming from a good place trying to do something that’s definitely needed in this situation. Hopefully, moving forward things can heal … or at least release some of the negative energy that’s been causing all parties involved to do the things they’re doing. I’m praying for a resolution!

  6. Concerned

    August 25, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I think it’s admirable that they are trying to use their expertise to help. If they did nothing they would have still been criticized for doing nothing. This is a case where they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t . Let the women do what they do to help. Stop criticizing!! What are you doing?

  7. Mary

    August 26, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Anyone who says Iyanla does ANYTHING she does just to get ratings….obviously watches and believes CNN & MSNBC.

    Iyanla was famous (and doing QUITE well, financially) BEFORE the Ferguson incident, and once she stepped into her true calling as a Life Coach, that’s all she WROTE baby – HER star went straight up, and has CONTINUED to go straight up ever since!!!

    The Image Award isn’t handed out to a show host whose ratings are flat!! A TV show that needs a ratings boost doesn’t get to touch The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series!!! A TV personality whose show is in desperate need of exposure, ratings or a viewing audience, doesn’t get awarded the McDonald’s 365 Black Award! Naw, Boo – GWON somewhere wit all-a-dat!!!

    If more of OUR people would watch and listen with an open heart to Iyanla’s show, it would bless and change their lives! A whole LOT of OUR problem is we don’t know, won’t ADMIT that we don’t know, don’t want anybody ELSE to know that we don’t know, and the kicker…..won’t sit down and let anybody else TEACH us what we don’t know!!!

    One of the first mantras I taught the kids in my non-profit group is a proverb entitled: “He Who Knows.” It says: “He who knows and knows not he knows: he is asleep – wake him. He who knows not and knows he knows not: he is simple – teach him. He who knows and knows he knows: he is wise – follow him. But he who knows not and knows not he knows not: he is a fool – avoid him.”

    Anyone who knows anything about Iyanla’s current TV and business success would never make such an asinine statement about her appearance in Ferguson. I have a feeling that statement was put out by someone who knows not and knows NOT that he knows not!!!

  8. Marlene smith

    August 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    People shut up and leave her alone , she is doing what some of the so call blacks have not attempt to do. Let’s face it the black community needs help both spirituality and mentally. Lord knows they need help and what ever she is doing to help that community heal is greatly appreciated. The Rev. AL. Sharpton can’t do it alone and some folks said they didn’t want Jesse Jackson, I commend her for trying to help these people who are hurting so bad. Thanks to her for stepping up.

  9. Anthony allen

    August 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Shes a clown. Period .

  10. Carolynanne

    August 28, 2014 at 1:20 am

    However, who can deny it did get ratings and people’s attention. Mrs Vanzant is also a savvy businesswoman.

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