Oprah, Iyanla, and Phil

United States
February 4, 2007 9:23pm CST
Does anyone remember a few years back when Oprah was just introducing the oh-so-down-to-earth Dr. Phil to her studio audience as well as to her wide viewing audience? Do you remember that he was on her show once a week or at least once a month? She let him have at his magical workings and play on her stage with the fragile minds and psyches of her viewers for about a year before she helped to launch his career. I remember it well. In fact, I must admit that I was one of the original Dr. Phil FanClub Fans - I was a Phan 'O Phil! Yeppers - that was me! At the same time, Oprah was also not only working on getting our psyciatric needs met, she was also wanting to aid us in our Spirituality. She introduced the most amazing African American woman, Iyanla VanZant. She came on just as regularly as Dr. Phil did; but she was so full of inspiration and motivation. She was non-judgemental and did not sit on a throne (although she is a priestess). When she first started writing books, her target audience was limited to black women. Then she realized that not only sisters of color could use her information but there were white sisters that were married to black brothers that needed her; then she realized that by being limiting she was being racist and opened her heart to being all inclusive. I loved this woman. Dr. Phil got a daily program. Iyanla disappeared. I wrote to the Oprah show many times asking what had happened to Iyanla only to never get a response. About a year or so ago I found Iyanla, she is a "Life Coach" on a daytime reality show type series that I can't remember the name of. Isn't it amazing how true it is, when they say, "It's all about who you know and who you make friends with". I wonder what happened between Iyanla and Oprah. For anyone that has not read any of Iyanla's books and needs a little spirituality or inspiration, I strongly urge you to at least go and pick up a used copy of anything she has writtenn ~Donna